In a world of seemingly endless music festivals, music fans have to be selective about how they spend their entertainments dollars. Forecastle Festival has made it onto our list of musical musts this year. While there are several reasons to add Forecastle Festival to your list, here are the top three reasons to not miss this event this year.
Reason #1 - The Eclectic Lineup
On the journey to feed our musical addiction, Chris and I have traveled to numerous music festivals of varying genres such as Firefly, Okeechobee, FloydFest, Shaky Beats, Imagine, and many more. It’s safe to say that we believe variety is the spice of life - and that goes for the music category as well. That’s one reason that Forecastle is so attractive to people with eclectic musical palates. At such a well-rounded event, there’s no need to choose just one genre. This year, lyrical rhymes will be provided by Anderson Paak, melodic dance beats courtesy of Big Wild, and thoughtful Americana sounds will flow through the Waterfront Park thanks to the Avett Brothers. With such variety, everyone in your fest fam will undoubtedly be pleased.
Reason #2 - The Extras
All music fests offer the basics - food, music, and beverages. But not all festivals can offer this sort of entertainment from the comfort of a boat. That’s right, when opting for the Yacht Club ticket, you get to enjoy the festival while aboard the Mary M. Miller Steamboat and Boathouse. This option includes air conditioning (yes, please), quick entry, and of course, a VIP bar for getting your drink on, Kentucky style.
Speaking of drinking, another great perk of Forecastle is the KY Craft Beer Bar. This allows patrons to sample all of the hoppy goodness that Kentucky has to offer. This is also where you can get a great taste of the official Forecastle craft beer, the Chatney Session IPA brewed by Sierra Nevada.
I would be remiss if I failed to mention the Bourbon Lounge, this is Kentucky after all. The lounge features local eats, drinks and festival perks. Keep in mind, this is an additional fee from the fest pass, so head over to the website to purchase your ticket.
If you love to party late into the night, Party Cove and the Forecastle late night shows will have you covered. Party Cove is almost like walking into a completely separate festival within a festival. If dancing is your game, Party Cove is the place to be. This is one spot where it’s okay to rock the boat, as local DJs and performers from the lineup play the night away from a boat stage under the neon glow of illuminated trees.
As for the late night shows, these take place when the official festival ends each day. For this party, you’ll board the historic Belle of Louisville to party well into the night. Friday features a DJ set from Chromeo, while Moon Taxi will keep everyone moving on Saturday. Keep in mind that these shows are not included with the fest pass, so additional tickets are required. Head over to the Forecastle site to purchase tickets.
Reason #3 - Location, Location, Location
Forecastle wins on the location front in two separate ways. The 85-acre Waterfront Park along the Ohio River creates a peaceful backdrop for enjoying music throughout the day. At night, the massive Big Four Bridge is illuminated causing a reflective glow over the river.
When we ventured to our first Forecastle from Raleigh, NC, Chris and I didn't know what to expect from the actual city of Louisville. We were very pleasantly surprised to find a modern and artsy town filled with unique brunch spots, museums, and fun nightlife. We certainly can't forget about all of the opportunities for bourbon and craft beer tastings. In those hours before the festival begins, take the time to explore all that Louisville has to offer.
Forecastle has a lot more heart than the average music festival and it leaves its guests feeling like they are part of an experience and not simply attending an event. Considering the diverse lineup, unique extras, and beautiful location, Forecastle needs to be on every music-lovers list this year. Mark your calendar for July 12-14 and see what Forecastle is truly all about.