Pulse Festival to Bring Electronic Music Royalty to St. Louis

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St. Louis' electronic scene has blossomed in recent years, as evidenced by the ravenous crowds that gather when a worldwide sensation comes around town. The popularity of the genre also cultivated a string of local artists that are starting to get national attention.

Well, adherents to the wide-ranging genre are in luck: St. Louis' first ever Pulse Festival will be taking place June 9 at Old Rock House Pavillion at 1200 S. 7th Street. The two-stage outdoor event will feature some big names, including Above & Beyond, Morgan Page, Mat Zo, Alvin Risk, Krewella, Crizzly and Secret Panda Society.

There will also be plenty of local acts performing, such as Thomas & Drue, DJ Reece, Emilio Hernandez, D-Caf, super conducter, Arty J and T. Lectual.

Amin Mohabbat of B&W Productions says in a telephone interview that the festival is a testament to how popular electronic music has become in the Gateway City.

"We've seen the scene here grow and grow and grow, and the shows have been selling out," Mohabbat says. "So we just thought it's time for the first St. Louis (electronic dance music) festival. This will be the first one, and [we hope] this will grow and grow and grow. And like most places, it'll keep getting bigger."

Mohabbat says the festival - which will stretch from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. - will have a capacity of about 5,000 people. In addition to the two stages, the event will feature food trucks, street performers, and art collectives.

"The market's here and they've been demanding it," he adds, noting that Dayglow's most recent show in St. Louis drew several thousand people. "Every city has their own electronic music festival. So it's time that St. Louis has one."

Early bird tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. for $20 at groovetickets.com. More information about the Pulse Festival can be found at the festival's Facebook page.

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