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 ForecastleFest.com, Ticketmaster.com 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

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…

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 ForecastleFest.com.

Jul 192013

WFPK has posted all of the audio tracks from various artists that they broadcast live from the WFPK Port Stage all weekend during the Forecastle Fest. Go take a look, as there’s a bunch, including The Pass, Moon Taxi, Freakwater, 23 String Band and more.
Here’s Freakwater’s set for a sample:

Jul 152013

Always a few more:
Michael Tierney posted his Forecastle commentary at InsiderLouisville.com this morning.

GetOutLouisville.com has a bunch of photos from the Fest.

American Songwriter has a batch of photos from the festival.
Spin Magazine has a batch of photos.

Per WHASTV, the initial crowd estimate was 65,000, up from last year’s 35,000.

Forecastle Fest is over for another year and the reviews have begun, more or less, some while it was still on.
Melissa Chapman at Insiderlouisville.com has her take on Days 1, 2 and some of 3. She calls it a “baby Bonnaroo,” with comfortable beds at home.
Matt at You Ain’t No Picasso reviewed Big Boi’s performance. That’s all.
At Bluegrass Catastrophe, Damien McPherson posted his final Day 3 review. There’s also reviews for Day 1 and Day 2.
Paste Magazine has a gallery of photos from Day 2, with thumbnail reviews.

That’s it for the moment. More to follow later, no doubt.

Jul 102013

Last Minute Lineup Changes: Animal Collective scrubbed their set at FF yesterday, as did Denver band Churchill. Alabama band The Secret Sisters was added and will play at 5:30 p.m. Sunday on the WFPK Port Stage.

It’s Friday, July 12 and Forecastle Fest kicks off today. There are some last-minute previews to note:
J. L. Puckett has his pick of what to see and hear at the C-J here.
InsiderLouisville staff has a list of what they’re looking forward to here.


The previews for the Forecastle Fest have been appearing sporadically and are now appearing with a vengeance as the date nears. Here are a few that cropped up so far:
Add these to the list:
The Voice Tribune has what is essentially a puff piece on Forecastle and J.K. McKnight. But at least they noticed it was going on.
Melissa Chapman at InsiderLouisville.com has a valuable piece on a.) Forecastle-related discounts; b.)news of a bluegass jam titled Forecastle Incident • Bluegrass and Beyond which features, among others, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury and Jason Carter of The Travelin’ McCourys and Andy Thorn,Leftover Salmon banjo player c.) a Forecastle app and d.) restaurants with extended hours for Forecastle. Useful.
Louisville.com added a preview on Old Crow Medicine Show to their Forecastle batch.
We Listen For You has joined the stampede with a list of five acts they think you must see.

At Louisville.com, Alex Courtney drew the short straw:
Matt & Kim.
Jim James
The 23 String Band
Sarah Jarosz
Moon Taxi
Young The Giant

At Backseat Sandbar, blogger Joey got the job:
Big Boi
Boys Noize
Bob Mould Band
Moon Taxi
Likely more to follow as the week gets shorter.

Jul 092013

Forecastle Fest 2013

All righty, then, Forecastle Fest XI kicks off on Friday, July 12 with a treeemendous lineup for all music fans over the next three days. On stage Friday are Young The Giant, The Pass, Big Boi, HoundMouth, Pimps Of Joytime, Roadkill Ghost Choir, The Bob Mould Band, GRiZ, Salva, Boys Noize, inc., Moon Taxi, Night Beds and headliners String Cheese Incident and Old Crow Medicine Show, all at Waterfront Park. There are, of course, too many performers to detail their accomplishments and musical skills in this space, so we’ll just recommend that you sample as many as you have the desire and strength for. There’s a lot of over-lapping of the schedule, such that you can catch one act if another playing elsewhere doesn’t appeal. Be adventuresome, be bold, wear your sunblock, please, as a severe sunburn will ruin the experience. If you are from out-of-town, by all means get away from the central downtown area and explore Louisville, particularly the restaurants. Go east for food, west for history, south for diversity. Most of all, enjoy yourself.

Jun 222013

A site called NoiseTrade.com has put together a free sampler of songs from fourteen bands scheduled to play Forecastle Fest.

Here’s the track listing

1 The String Cheese Incident – Can’t Wait Another Day 2 Rubblebucket – Oooh Wa 3 Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – The Lion The Beast The Beat 4 Moon Taxi – Running Wild 5 Sarah Jarosz – Mansinneedof 6 Night Beds – Ramona 7 Mona – Goons (Baby, I Need It All) 8 Bob Mould – The Descent 9 The Pass – Halo 10 Churchill – Change 11 A Lion Named Roar – This Won’t Last For Long 12 Shovels & Rope – Birmingham 13 Freakwater – Hi Ho Silver 14 Greensky Bluegrass – Don’t Lie

Thanks to Never Nervous for the tip.