LouFest 2015 Full Lineup: The Avett Brothers, Hozier, Ludacris to Headline

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Press photo via New Frontier Touring
The Avett Brothers, headlining this year's LouFest.
LouFest's official lineup has been announced, with the Avett Brothers, Hozier and Ludacris sharing top billing. This year's full roster also sees plenty of up-and-coming acts from relatively nearby cities alongside seasoned veterans from parts well beyond.

Oh, and Billy Idol. Billy Idol is performing, everybody.

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You Could Win Free LouFest Passes, Starting Today

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Photo by Bryan Sutter
Matt and Kim performing at the 2014 LouFest.
Getting free tickets to this year's LouFest isn't quite as easy as being the fourth caller or hitting refresh on your browser a zillion times once a link goes live -- but it may be a whole lot less maddening.

The festival organizers have placed a limited number of "Scratch a Lou" tickets in select businesses around the city. Stop by before they run out, start scratching, and you could find yourself the lucky winner of a two-day pass to the festival, held Sept. 12-13 in Forest Park.

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LouFest Update: Don't Hold Your Breath for These Bands

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Maciek Pozoga
Tame Impala, probably not performing at this year's LouFest.

The lineup for Lollapalooza Berlin was announced today, which normally wouldn't be of great concern to those of us here in good ol' St. Louis, USA, but this year's inaugural Germany-based edition of the festival happens to fall on the same dates as St. Louis' own LouFest -- the weekend of September 12 and 13.

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Andre 3000 Death-Growls, Pretends Things Are His Penis: An Outkast Review

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Bryan Sutter. More Oukast photos in our complete slideshow.
Andre 3000, one half of Outkast.
"Honestly, I never planned to go onstage again in that way. If I feel like I'm getting to a place where it's mimicking or a caricature, I just want to move on. But I felt like: Let me do it now 'cause these kids [in the audience], it feels good to know that they're happy. I really don't actually get anything from performing."

That was Andre 3000's response when asked why he is touring now, in a (stellar) New York Times interview published on August 31 of this year. As one of rap's most enigmatic -- and undeniably talented -- figures, the man born Andre Benjamin, one half of the legendary southern rap group Outkast, no longer feels he has anything to prove in the world of hip-hop. "Part of art is knowing when not to put paint on," he also told the Times. "And when to change your medium."

See also: Our complete LouFest coverage

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The Best Photos From LouFest 2014

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Bryan Sutter
Hannah Hooper of Grouplove. See more photos here.

With nearly 40,000 people setting a new attendance record, it's easy to say that LouFest 2014 was a big success. Now having completed its fifth year, LouFest organizers have figured out a successful blend of established acts and trending bands that brings national attention to St. Louis and keeps concertgoers salivating for more.

What will LouFest 2015 look like? We have no clue; we just know that topping a lineup that included Outkast, Matt and Kim, Trombone Shorty and Portugal. the Man will be extremely difficult (but do let us know in the comments who you'd like to see next!). For now, we're still getting over our music hangover from the weekend. Reminisce with us, won't you?

See our complete LouFest coverage.

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LouFest Musicians Tweet Love for St. Louis

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Bryan Sutter
Kim Schifino of Matt and Kim. See more photos here.

Another LouFest has come and gone, and many are saying that this year's event was one of the best yet. With Outkast leading a two-day lineup of Grouplove, Matt and Kim, Cake, Trombone Shorty, Portugal. the Man and other stellar acts, concertgoers certainly got their money's worth.

But it's not just the fans who enjoy festivals like LouFest. Just hours -- sometimes even minutes! -- after their sets, many of the fest's acts took to social media to share their appreciation for the way St. Louis rocked the hell out.

See our complete LouFest coverage here.

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LouFest: Police Report Zero Vehicles Damaged This Year, Down From 29 In 2013

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Steve Truesdell
This guy's glasses and cool demeanor with a cigarette lead us to believe he was probably an undercover agent or something at the fest, working behind the scenes to keep peoples' belongings safe. We salute you, sir.
Last year, many LouFest fans leaving the festival were faced with a major buzzkill upon arriving at their cars. Police reported that a total of 29 vehicles were broken into last summer, with valuables stolen that included wallets, bags, electronics and even "personal papers," according to an incident report. The incidents spanned both days, mainly occurred at night and all of the victims were festival attendees.

This year, that number was lowered to zero.

See also: LouFest: Police Report 29 Vehicles Damaged, Electronics, Bags, Wallets And More Stolen

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LouFest ReviewFest: Portugal. the Man, Moon Taxi, Grouplove

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Steve Truesdell
Another LouFest is in the history books! With 40-some acts converging in Forest Park for the two-day festival, St. Louis' music fans had plenty to keep them singing and dancing throughout this past weekend.

RFT Music sent several operatives into the field, tasked with watching and listening and cataloging and reviewing the festivities for you, dear readers. Click here to see our full coverage!

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The Best and Worst of LouFest 2014

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Steve Truesdell
This guy clearly falls in the "best" category.
By Nick Horn

Now in its fifth year, LouFest shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Five years ago, the inaugural LouFest saw a turnout of just over 8,000, and was considered an overwhelming success at the time. While the final numbers for LouFest 2014 aren't in yet, we do know that attendance on Saturday alone more than doubled the first year's total weekend turnout, with approximately 17,000 people from St. Louis and beyond converging on Forest Park to check out what this year's festival had to offer.

So how did it go? Here's our round-up of the best and worst that LouFest 2014 had to offer.

See also: Our complete LouFest coverage

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LouFest ReviewFest: Empires, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Cherub

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Steve Truesdell
Headhunter's dream, this one.
By Nick Horn

Another LouFest is in the history books! With 40-some acts converging on St. Louis' Forest Park for the two-day festival, St. Louis' music fans had plenty to keep them singing and dancing throughout this past weekend.

RFT Music sent several operatives into the field, tasked with watching and listening and cataloging and reviewing the festivities for you, dear readers. Click here to see our full coverage!

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