LouFest 2018 Canceled
LouFest, the St. Louis music festival that was set to take place this weekend in the city’s Forest Park, has been canceled, a statement from festival organizers Listen Live Entertainment announced this morning, citing a number of “financial hurdles.”
The 2018 iteration of the two-day festival had a lineup featuring Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters, Modest Mouse, The Head and the Heart, Kacey Musgraves, Gary Clark Jr., Michael McDonald, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and more.
Listen Live’s statement notes that loss of top sponsors, artist contract disputes, previous debt and vendors requesting up-front payment—along with worries about this weekend’s weather report affecting both walk-up attendees and the park itself—all contributed to the decision to cancel LouFest.
The statement also goes on to say that, while the organizers do not currently have the capital to issue refunds to ticket holders, their partner Front Gate Tickets will be taking care of refunds while Listen Live works out their financial situation.
“We want to recognize the sponsors, vendors, partners, and fantastic team members who have been working around the clock in support of LouFest 2018,” the statement reads. “Producing this event has been a labor of love for our family and the staff—we see it as our gift to our music-loving city. It has been thrilling to bring so much joy to fans, recognition to St. Louis, a spotlight to its artists, and an estimated $8 million in revenue to the region each year. For that, we will always be proud.”
Read the full statement here.