It used to be when people thought of killer music festivals, the East and West Coasts dominated the list. Recently though, several multi-day events elsewhere have been quietly growing in size and scope and now stand poised to hold their own with some of the big boys. Chief among them is Kentucky’s Forecastle festival.
This year’s Forecastle, which takes place July 9-11 at the Louisville’s Waterfront Park, promises to be the best yet, with a roster of almost 100 acts that features Widespread Panic headlining Friday, DEVO topping the bill on Saturday and The Flaming Lips bringing the whole thing home on Sunday.
Other artists adding their talents to Friday include Manchester Orchestra, Drive-By Truckers, Lucero, Dead Confederate, Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s, Kinetix, The New Deal, Savoy, Garganta, Dangerbird, The Tillers, EOTO and Ana Sia.
Saturday’s lineup is stuffed to the gills with performances by bands like Bassnectar, Cake, Umphrey’s McGee, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Cloud Cult, Foxy Shazam, That 1 Guy,Bear Hands, Black Diamond Heavies, Amtrak, Disco Aliens, The Doloreans and Bad Blood.
Joining The Lips for Sunday’s festivities are Spoon, She & Him, Minus The Bear, Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Dar Williams, Joe Purdy, Against Me!, Ted Leo and The Pharmacists, Paper Route, Jukebox The Ghost, Death On Two Wheels, Pop Empire, Heavyweight Dub, Sam Gracie, Whistle Peak and many more.
Making their major festival debut at Forcastle this year are Los Angeles-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk, who combine aerial acrobatics with French burlesque and punk rock for a truly memorable experience.
For those who just can’t bear to let the party end, a pair of after parties are also scheduled aboard the Belle of Louisville, with Big Gigantic and Ana Sia handling the entertainment on Friday night and EOTO taking Saturday.
Additional artists will be announced in the coming days, along with the festival’s art and activism lineups, film schedule, outdoor activities and kick-off parties.
Three day passes (priced at $150), single day tickets (a steal at $60!) and after party tickets are on sale now online, by phone or at music retailers including ear-x-tacy in Louisville, Shake-It Records in Cincinnati, CD Central in Lexington, Grimey’s in Nashville and Indy CD and Vinyl in Indianapolis.
VIP Packages, other premium ticketing options, camping packages and on-site hotel rooms are also available.
For complete details on Forecastle Festival – including hourly breakdowns of all performances and activities, ticket info, directions and lodging info – visit ForecastleFest.com.