Forecastle Fest 2015 – The First Wave of Artists Announced

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Jan 272015

Forecastle Fest 2015 will happen on July 17–19, 2015, at Waterfront Park, Weekend passes go on sale this Friday, January 30, at noon ET. Details and the lineup at
Here’s the poster for the first wave of 2015 Forecastle Fest artists

Forecastle Fest Set For Five Years On Waterfront

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Jan 252015

According to a report in the Courier-Journal, AC Entertainment, the producer of the Forecastle Festival, has agreed to stage the festival on the Louisville Waterfront for the next five years. The 2015 Forecastle Festival will be held on July 17-19, wtih lineup of acts set to be announced on Tuesday, January 27. Weekend passes will go on sale on January 30, and the other ticket information is available at the event website,
The Courier-Journal’s story is hear.
Here’s a video of “A Day In The Life: Forecastle Festival,” presented by Nashville Guru.

Weekly Ink, July 17

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Jul 172014

It’s a week for the print media to be writing about music in Louisville, particularly concerning Forecastle Fest.
The C-J has these stories:
Coyote Calhoun will retire from WAMZ on December 31.
Record Crowd Expected For Forecastle Fest.
Forecastle Lineup ad Ticket info.
List of Food Vendors at Forecastle
Forecastle Event Map
J. L. Puckett’s pick of top five shows for the week (from yesterday’s paper.)
Over at LEO, it’s the “Music Issue”:
Zach Hart on why you should buy advance-sale tickets.
Syd Bishop on The David Geffen Of Louisville?
Sarah Balliet On Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!
Peter Berkowitz has a story about Louisville native Morgan Lebus, who currently currenlty runs the Los Angeles label Ribbon Music.
There might be more tomorrow…

An Official Forecastle Late Night After-Party At Headliners With St. Paul And The Broken Bones

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Jul 142014

But [lead singer Paul] Janeway’s distinct, clean-cut look is the least important detail in The Gospel of the Broken Bones. Taking cues from his church choir background and emulating greats like Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding, a performance from St. Paul and the Broken Bones is completely uninhibited—the kind of transcendent experience that will leave you eager to share your vision of the light in the days that follow. – Dacey Orr,”
St. Paul And The Broken Bones make their third stop in Louisville this year when they pop into Headliners on July 18 for an Official Forecastle Fest Late Night show. Clearly, this is a show for the young and very hardy or else the insomniacs of any age, since it starts … umm… late; in this case, midnight. As we have mentioned earlier, you have a seven-piece band with a horn section and a hefty white boy with glasses and natty jacket singing; you know you’ve got yourself some version of a soul band. Yes, sir. The new record is Half A City, which might their goal for total turnout to their shows in Louisville this year. Curtis Harding will open; tickets are $20 adv / $22 Dos. Take some No-Doz when you go.
Give a listen to the band live, singing “Grass Is Greener”:



Forecastle Fest Makes Rolling Stone 40 Must-See Festival List

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Apr 242014

Rolling Stone Magazine has included the Forecastle Fest in it’s ” title=”Rolling Stone – 40 Must-See Festivals” target=”_blank”>40 Must-See Festival List. The Pitchfork Festival in Chicago is the nearest competition, so there should be a good crowd.

Forecastle Daily Lineup Announced

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Apr 012014

Forecastle Fest, set for July 18 – 20, has announced the daily lineup, for those interested in specific days. Single day tickets go on sale beginning Friday, April 4, 2014 at Noon EDT, with a limited number available for $74.50. Those will increase to $84.50 once the initial allotment is gone. General admission weekend passes are currently available for $184.50, moving to $199.50 in the next and final tier.
Single day VIP passes will also be available for $199.50. With VIP Weekend passes and VIP travel packages now SOLD OUT, this is the last chance for fans to experience Forecastle 2014 in true VIP style.
All festival tickets are available at, and all Ticketmaster outlets.
The Lineup:
Twenty One Pilots
Gary Clark Jr.
Local Natives
Action Bronson
JJ Grey & Mofro
Against Me!
Nightmares on Wax (live)
The Black Lips
St. Lucia
Chrome Sparks
Benjamin Booker
Foy Vance
The Districts
Willie Watson
Old Baby

Jack White
Band of Horses
Dwight Yoakam
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Jason Isbell
Lord Huron
Spanish Gold
Sun Kil Moon
Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks
Hurray for the Riff Raff
The Soul Rebels
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
Mount Moriah
Young & Sick
Jalin Roze
Goodbye June
The Wans
Jill Andrews

The Replacements
Ray LaMontagne
Nickel Creek
Trampled By Turtles
Jenny Lewis
Brett Dennen
Sharon Van Etten
Claude VonStroke
Charli XCX
Boy & Bear
Hayes Carll
The Weeks
Blue Sky Black Death

Forecastle Fest Lineup Announcement Teaser Ad?

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Mar 042014

The early announcement of shows has long been a practice of the Forecastle Folks, with various “Halfway To Forecastle” events. Recently, they announced the date that they would announce the lineup. Today’s big PR plug is a poster announcing that the announcement is tomorrow today, on WFPK:

Maybe they should consider a countdown clock…

Forecastle 2014 Dates Set

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Sep 052013

The Forecastle Fest, which as one of its sub-specialties the art of constant promotion, has announced the dates for the 2014 edition as July 18, 19 and 20.
Founder JK McKnight noted that the festival will start on Hunter S. Thompson’s birthday, July 18, 1937, “As Hunter S. Thompson said, ‘buy the ticket, take the ride. We have much in store to make next year’s festival a ride to remember.”
Specially priced hotel room rates are now available through