LouFest 2017 Will Bring Some Big Names to Forest Park

LouFest 2017 Will Bring Some Big Names to Forest Park

Weezer, Huey Lewis & the News Among LouFest 2017 Lineup

St. Louis, MO/May 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) LouFest 2017 – Summer music festivals have been a seasonal tradition in St. Louis for decades.  The city has offered residents everything from free symphony concerts in the park to day-long jam-fests that filled old Busch stadium.  LouFest continues in that tradition, with its eighth annual festival in Forest Park.  More than a concert, LouFest offers a two-day cultural experience bringing about 30 national acts to four stages, plus food, drink and more.  Listen Live Entertainment, which produces the festival has announced a partial lineup of acts who will play this year’s festival.

According to LouFest officials, the national acts headlining this year will include:

Weezer
Cage the Elephant
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Huey Lewis and the News
Marian Hill
Lizzo
Lecrae
Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Hippo Campus
The Record Company
Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Mondo Cozmo
Noname
Future Thieves

As is the annual custom at LouFest, several popular local acts will also perform. The list of local performers includes:

Mvstermind
Jack Grelle
18 and Counting & the Only Ensemble
Beth Bombara
Mathias & the Pirates
Starwolf

Other names taking the stage include Ron Gallo, Jonny P, Harts, Jess Nolan, and Chris Bandi.  Additional acts will be announced May 30.  Festival organizers say they must hold off on naming them because of exclusivity clauses in some performers’ contracts.  There are also plans to honor St. Louis native Chuck Berry, who died in March.  Details will be made public at a later date, but officials say they plan their tribute to Berry will be something that lasts well beyond this summer’s festival.

LouFest 2017 will offer a lot more than music to festival goers.  The Market Square will showcase local artists.  The Nosh Pit celebrates St. Louis’ culinary excellence.  Festival organizers are still accepting applications from local restaurants and food vendors.  Also around the park, festival goers will find the Shock Top Beer Garden, featuring local and regional favorites from Faust and Shock Top to Goose Island Beer Company.  There will also be games and limited seating in the beer garden.  And the Cupcake Vineyards Truck will back this year, offering free samples and contests with a chance to win prizes.  Starbucks will be handing out samples of their coffee and protein doubleshot.  Whole Foods Market will team up with local makers, Perennial, to offer demonstrations on turning old t-shirts into reusable totes, festival headbands, and more.  There’s even a kids’ area.  LouKidz will offer family-friendly activities include music (daily performances by Robot+Bike), dancing, crafts, face painting and more from noon to 5:00 p.m. each day.

Unlike many of the summer concerts offered in St. Louis’ public venues, LouFest isn’t free.  Tickets went on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday.  A general admission ticket for the two-day event will set you back $95.  Kids 12 and under are admitted free with each paid adult.  One-day tickets will be available soon.  This year there are two tiers of VIP tickets.  The standard two-day VIP tickets are $350 and included shaded seating, complimentary food and drinks (including beer, wine, and specialty libations), reserved (air conditioned) restrooms, VIP parking (must purchase two VIP tickets), a VIP Lounge, and gourmet happy hour.  If that isn’t special enough, starting this year Platinum Tickets are available for $750.  The new Platinum Ticket includes a private lounge, private onstage viewing areas, complimentary catered meals and beverages, onsite concierge, and more.  Platinum Ticket holders will spend less time standing in line thanks to private entrances and exits.  Platinum VIP parking with shuttle service is also included.

This year’s LouFest at Forest Park will be Saturday and Sunday, September 9 – 10.  Festival gates open each day at 11:00 a.m. and close at 10:00 p.m.  For more information about this year’s event, including purchasing tickets and a list of what can be brought onto festival grounds and what can’t (no coolers), see the official LouFest 2017 website.  If you still have questions, contact [email protected].

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