WHAT: Forecastle Fest
WHERE: Waterfront Park, Louisville, KY
WHEN: July 17th-July 19th
HOW MUCH: $156.25-$212.55 (GA), $399+fees (VIP). Tickets on sale 1/30 at noon.
HEADLINERS: Sam Smith, My Morning Jacket, Widespread Panic
UNDERCARD: Modest Mouse, Cage The Elephant, Houndmouth, Tweedy, The Tallest Man On Earth, Portugal. The Man, The Gaslight Anthem, First Aid Kit, Desaparecidos, Shovels & Rope, Big KRIT, RL Grime, The Word (John Medeski, Robert Randoph, Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson, Chris Chew), Cold War Kids, Sturgill Simpson, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Cherub, ILOVEMAKONNEN, San Fermin, Kiesza, Over The Rhine, The Lone Bellow, Alvvays, People Under The Stairs, The Barr Brothers, Milo Greene, The Steeldrivers, Field Report, Speedy Ortiz, Son Lux, Jeff The Brotherhood, King Tuff, Noah Gunderson, Twin Peaks, Cathedrals, Empires, White Reaper, Diarrhea Planet, Fly Golden Eagle, The Revivalists, Broncho, Twin Lamb, Knox Hamilton, Parker Millsap & more to come
In the heat of the South during mid-July, it only makes sense to be near water and listening to great live music. The 2015 edition of Forecastle Fest looks to achieve both of those goals with a weekend of stellar, diverse performances at Louisville Waterfront Park along the Ohio River in Louisville, KY. The just announced first wave line-up keeps up the festival’s string of eclectic bookings with everyone from Sam Smith, My Morning Jacket and Widespread Panic headlining plus a strong undercard with Modest Mouse, First Aid Kit, Tweedy, The Word and St. Paul and The Broken Bones in the fold. The folk/alt country rock sector is covered with the likes of Shovels & Rope, The Lone Bellow, Sturgill Simpson and Houndmouth. Electronic/dance favorites like Kiesza, RL Grime, Cherub are a good start, but I would expect the next wave will have more producers/DJ on the way. It would be imagine a name in hip-hop bigger than last year’s headliner, OutKast, but the genre still gets representation from Big KRIT, ILOVEMAKONNEN and People Under The Stairs. Also, keep an eye on newcomers like Alvvays, Milo Greene and King Tuff to have even larger profiles by the time mid-July arrives.
Aside from the music, Forecastle will feature food trucks, poster lounge, craft sellers and the legendary Bourbon Lodge. For $29, you can add a Bourbon Lodge Membership to your ticket purchase and get 15 tickets ($1.00/ticket value) and a steel mug that acts as your entry pass to the Lodge all weekend. Bourbon tasting not far from the Urban Bourbon Trail? How can you lose?
What do you think of Forecastle’s initial line-up? Sam Smith was certainly a surprise as headliner, but there seems to be plenty of variety for music fans. 47 acts have been announced so far and in 2014 there were a total of 58, so I’d expect at least one more “second line” name and possible more dance music. Is the initial wave and faith in AC Entertainment enough to get you to Louisville this year?