Looking Back: LouFest 2012

In 2012, we boldly went where no LouFest had gone before. Girl Talk dodged the torrential downpours that weekend and made it rain confetti as the festival’s first EDM act, THEESatisfaction brought R&B to Forest Park for the first time and The Flaming Lips got brilliantly weird. Still, rock ruled in Forest Park as proven by King Tuff, Sleepy Kitty, and a reunited Cotton Mather. Were you brave enough to take a hint from Cults and “Go Outside” that year? Here’s what went down.


Son Volt frontman and hometown hero Jay Farrar adds some local flavor to LouFest 2012. Photo by Corey Woodruff.

Alt-country veterans Son Volt put on what was easily one of the most highly anticipated sets of the weekend. With that signature harmonica rack draped around his neck, frontman and local legend Jay Farrar commanded the stage as the band plowed through an hour-long set of rockers and ballads alike, drawing heavily from their debut album, Trace.


Only J. Mascis could look this relaxed while being blasted by all those amps. Photo by Ryan Walsh.

The rain had stopped by the time Dinosaur Jr. took the stage, presumably so Mother Nature had a chance to grab her earplugs. Backed by a wall of Marshall stacks, the recently-reunited noise rock icons treated soggy fans to an explosive set full of hits like “Feel the Pain,” “Freak Scene” and “The Wagon.” Everyone was in great spirits as J. Mascis thrashed around on his beat-up Jazzmaster and bassist Lou Barlow claimed the festival was actually named after him.


Bow before the mighty Wayne Coyne! The Flaming Lips close a wet and wild LouFest 2012. Photo by Ryan Walsh.

The Flaming Lips couldn’t care less about the weather by the time they brought their trippy technicolor circus to the mainstage. Frontman/Ringleader Wayne Coyne looked like he was all jacked up on Mountain Dew, blasting the audience with giant laser hands and floating over their heads in his hamster ball. There’s a good chance the fans on the rail are still pulling pieces of confetti out of their hair after that set.

This guy really, REALLY likes The Flaming Lips… GIF by Riverfront Times.

Just like Wayne sang, “Life goes fast/It’s hard to make the good things last.” Make LouFest last a little longer with our recap series and playlists, featuring all of your favorite artists from past lineups leading up to this spring’s big announcement for LouFest 2014! While you’re feeling nostalgic, send us your LouFest memories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #LouFest and #FlashbackFriday.


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