10 Reasons to Check Out LouFest 2012

 In Culture, Feature

LouFest is back—with so much more to offer than just great music. Here are our top 10 reasons to check out our favorite hometown indie music fest this year, including what’s new, what’s local and what’s exciting. But, don’t take our word for it. Head to Forest Park Aug. 25- 26 and see for yourself. Visit LouFest.com for tickets and more info.

1. Rock Out

The Flaming Lips and Girl Talk top the bill, so you know it’s going to be a fun, high-energy weekend. Other musical highlights include Phantogram, Dinosaur Jr., Dr. Dog and We Are Scientists.

2. Get Local

St. Louis and Missouri bands are well represented in the lineup this year, with Son Volt, Sleepy Kitty, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Pernikoff Brothers. Even local high school rockers get a taste of fame—the winners of the LouFest High School Battle of the Bands perform on the Area K stage throughout the weekend.

3. Good Eats

The food court at LouFest is decidedly not your typical festival fare. Grab a bite from fine local establishments like Atomic Cowboy, Bar Louie, Dressels Pub, Kota Wood Fire Grill, Plush, PM BBQ, Sub Zero and Triumph Grill.

4. Garden Party

Enjoy a brew or two at the Schlafly Beer Garden, stocked with specialty beers and madeto- order Kaldi’s Coffee Stouts. Centrally located between the two main stages, the beer garden will also host misters and backyard games like frisbee and bags.

5. Feel Special

Go the VIP route and spend the weekend in the lap of festival luxury: main stage seating, an open bar, tasty eats from Mike Shannon’s, Kalidi’s coffee and more. Worn out from all the dancing, moshing and walking? Kick back in a hammock or have Remedy Massage Studio work out your aches and pains between sets.

6. It’s a Family Affair

Not only do children 10 and under get in free with ticket-holding adults, but they get the run of Area K, a children’s festival within LouFest. It’s equipped with its own stage and lots of fun craft stations (adults are welcome to partake, too), as well as cool treats from Ben & Jerry’s and Kona Ice.

7. Alt-Shop

Stretch your legs and shop your heart out between sets at the Retail Scene. It’s chock full of local, vintage, fair trade and straight-up cool goodies. Be sure to stop by 2012 Hot List winners Retro 101 and Devil City!

8. Green Machine

In the spirit of sustainability, LouFest vendors use only recyclable and compostable products, and volunteers go out of their way to keep the park clean during and after the fest. Swing by the EcoZone to learn about local businesses committed to conservation, recycling and clean energy.

9. Easy Access

If the thought of spending the weekend in beautiful Forest Park is soured by images of hellacious traffic and parking, don’t let that hold you back. Many festivalgoers ride in on the Metro and Forest Park Trolley, or take advantage of free bike parking right outside the front gate.

10. The Party Don’t Stop

Details haven’t been released yet for the official before- and after-parties, but if past years are any indication, they’re sure to be a blast—and indoors, so you can give that sunburn a rest.

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