Looking Back: LouFest 2013

Between adding a new stage, featuring thirty awesome bands, and bringing arena-sized headliners to Forest Park, to say LouFest 2013 did it large would be an understatement. Saturday started with a bang as we got funky with Fitz and the Tantrums and found our Beta Love with Ra Ra Riot. But just when you thought that couldn’t be topped, Sunday was packed with unforgettable performances by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Alabama Shakes, and Local Natives. So before we get ready for this year’s fest – the biggest and best yet – let’s relive the magic of LouFest 2013.

FUN FACT: In addition to being a great guitarist with the voice of an angel, Jim James also has the power of levitation! Photo by Cambria Harkey.

Walk the Moon wrap up their set at the packed Forest Park Stage at LouFest 2013. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.

With a bigger lineup, it only made sense that we would need bigger festival grounds! One of the most exciting additions to the festival was the BMI Stage, which featured Wild Cub, Desert Noises and more of the hottest bands who are just starting to make their big break. It was also the place to be if you wanted to catch local favorites like Kentucky Knife Fight and rapper Tef Poe, who represented everybody who was comin’ out of Missouri.

Jeff Tweedy showed some hometown pride with his KSHE 95 shirt. Photo by Jon Gitchoff.

It’s always an event when Wilco is in town, and their headlining set on Saturday was no exception. Jeff Tweedy was right at home, rocking the iconic KSHE “Real Rock Radio” t-shirt and getting the crowd to sing “Happy Birthday” for his dad. After a set full of old favorites like “Passenger Side,” “Via Chicago” and “Misunderstood,” Tweedy invited The National to hop onstage for “California Stars” in a performance that will go down as one of the greatest in LouFest history.

Icona Pop came ready for the weekend, making their St. Louis debut with a steamy set on the Forest Park Stage. Their first album was still a few weeks away, but we sang along with every word to singles like “I Love It”, “Girlfriend” and “All Night.” Of course, the party didn’t stop there! With his natural Las Vegas swagger, Brandon Flowers announced “The Killers are closing out LouFest and the Rams are undefeated. I’ve got a good feeling about tonight.” Kicking things off with 2003′s “Mr. Brightside”, the band tore through a lengthy set of fan favorites before wrapping the weekend up with the (literally!) explosive “When You Were Young.”

If you thought last year was great, just wait until you see what we have up our sleeve for LouFest 2014. We’ve got tons of exciting news coming soon, but until then you can enjoy our 2013 playlist and stay connected with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you don’t miss a beat.

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