LouFest 2017 wishlist

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Though LouFest is not until September, the announcements of festival lineups seemingly every day is building the anticipation for who may play the fest this fall. Here are a few acts that we would love to see in Forest Park come September at St. Louis’ biggest festival.

Arcade Fire: The indie rock band with seemingly endless members is set to release an album at some point in 2017. They have built a reputation throughout their career as one of the most exhilerating live acts in music. Forest Park would be the perfect setting for their anthems such as “Rebellion” and “Wake Up.” They could be the LCD Soundsystem of this year, an unknown headliner at announcement, but festival favorites after their performance.

Lorde: The singer who took quite some time to record her second album is making the festival rounds this summer. Her new track “Green Light” is possibly the most danceable song of 2017. If it is at all indicitive of what her new album is, LouFest would be in for quite the treat. This, mixed with tracks from her phenomenal 2013 debut, would create the perfect Saturday headliner. The fact that she has only played St. Louis once would make the show that much sweeter.

Kendrick Lamar: The hottest rapper in the game. He is also dropping a new album on April 7, and if it is anything like “To Pimp a Butterfly,” it will once again shake up all of hip-hop. His set at LouFest would be guaranteed to be the most hyped-up hip-hop performance St. Louis has seen in years. Having headlined everything from Coachella to Bonnaroo, he is well rehearsed in impressing at festivals, and LouFest would be no exception.

The National: Having played the fest once before, in 2013, The National are no strangers to LouFest. They have been quiet for quite some time, and kicking off a new album cycle with a high billing at LouFest would be a giant snag for the festival. Like Arcade Fire, they may not be household names to the average attendee, but will surely wow all festival-goers. Singer Matt Berninger’s baritone voice would serenade festival attendees with melancholy tracks like “Pink Rabbits” and “England.”

Car Seat Headrest: The indie-rock titans’ newest album “Teens of Denial” is one of the greatest rock albums in recent memory. A late afternoon set with rollicking songs such as “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” and “Destroyed By Hippie Powers” would be made all the more incredible with the festival setting.  Mosh pits would most definitely open up, and hipsters across St. Louis would shed a single tear from the beauty of Will Toledo’s voice.

The final act that would be more than welcome at LouFest is Belle & Sebastian. The indie veterans are actively touring throughout the summertime, but with no St. Louis date in sight. Their music is the perfect sunset soundtrack, so upbeat that one cannot help but smile and dance.

Only time will tell if any of these acts will be on the bill. With the lineup set to be released sometime in May, there is plenty of time for getting hopes up and speculating what may come.