By Tommy Schall
The fifth annual LouFest took place in Forest Park on September 7-8. The festival has grown to rival fellow music festivals such as Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo. The 2013 edition of LouFest featured the biggest crowds the festival has seen yet, with an attendance of 31,000 over the two days. Previous LouFest performers have included The Roots, The Flaming Lips and Girl Talk.
The Killers Performing at LouFest
Photo credit via The Killers
One of the bands to hit the stage was folk rock band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. The band has an immense cult following and it was eminent as they had one of the biggest crowds of the day. They played an hour-long set as the sun began to go down. The crowd erupted as Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros band closed their set with it's first single “Home” and other well-known songs.
As 8:30 p.m. approached, the LouFest crowd began to make their way to the Bud Light stage for the night’s main attraction. Sunday night’s headliner, The Killers, took the stage to roaring cheers. The Las Vegas band opened its hit packed set with “Mr. Brightside” from their 2004 album “Hot Fuss”. The band played songs such as “Spaceman,” “The Way it Was,” “Human” and “Smile Like You Mean It” during the beginning of the set.
The Killers also played two covers during their 16-song set: the Joy Division’s “Shadowplay,” and Tommy James and the Shondells’ “I Think We're Alone Now.” The Killers’ later songs proved to be the high point of the weekend as they had the entire crowd singing along to hits like “Read My Mind,” “All These Things I've Done” and the set closer, “When You Were Young.”
As the Killers wrapped up their set to loud applause, it was clear that the biggest and most exciting LouFest to date would end with a bang.