One would be hard-pressed to attempt to justify any other local festival's placement above this year's LouFest — the sheer size and scope of the event easily place it in the top spot. The homegrown festival, founded by St. Louisan Brian Cohen, teamed up this year with C3 Presents, a promotion company best known for putting on Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. The partnership resulted in an affair that was expanded in every way: More stages, bigger bands and bigger crowds pushed the event over the top, coming to life as the destination festival it is meant to be. C3's clout brought the likes of the Killers, Wilco, the National and Alabama Shakes as headliners, but organizers didn't forget about St. Louis. Local rapper Tef Poe and St. Louis rockers Kentucky Knife Fight found slots on the bill as well.
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