LouFest organizers announce cancellation of music festival

LouFest has been canceled just three days before the St. Louis music festival was scheduled to begin. Organizers announced the cancellation in a tweet and note posted at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, saying they were “saddened” by the development.

The two-day concert was set to take place Saturday and Sunday in Forest Park, featuring a variety of musical acts, including headliners like Robert Plant, Modest Mouse and T-Pain.

“We know this is a great disappointment to many and that there has been wide speculation around our event,” Mike Van Hee, managing partner of LouFest organizer Listen Live Entertainment, said in the note.

In the letter, Van Hee blamed “financial hurdles,” including the loss of top sponsors, contract issues with artists and debt from previous events, for putting “immense pressure on the balance sheet.”

He said “unfortunately timed media coverage” had led to vendors and artists demanding up-front payment, which LouFest “simply couldn’t make happen,” according to the note.

Van Hee also attributed the cancellation to the “fickle St. Louis weather,” saying organizers worried that rainy conditions would depress walkup ticket sales and cause damage to Forest Park.

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