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Cruise Down the River to The Forecastle Festival!

Cruise Down the River to The Forecastle Festival!

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Are you interested in helping the environment while viewing art and listening to music?  If so, come aboard the bow and travel down the river to Louisville this weekend with other music, art, and environment activists at Forecastle Festival. Beginning in 2002 as a small community event at Tyler Park, the nautical named three-day festival was created by the Forecastle Foundation founder JK McKnight and structured to equally showcase the combinations of music, arts, and activism.  As of 2010, to accommodate increasing popularity and drawing tens of thousands of fans from all over the world, the anticipated annual summer festival now docksin the heart of downtown Louisville in its beautiful 85-acre Waterfront Park.

Showcasing over 500 bands, including big name touring acts, with diverse musical genres, this maritime port has featured rockhip-hop, bluegrass, and electronicato name a few, and this year is does not shy in comparison.  With bands performing on nautical theme stages – Mast, Boom, Ocean, WFPK Port, and Forecastle Bourbon Lodge, this year’s headliners include The Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes, and Death Cab For Cutie.  In addition, over 100 local, regional, and national artist have contributed a mixture of installation work, including 2D, 3D, and mixed media; the complete exhibition is designed by a crew of curators through artist submissions.  Over its years, the Forecastle Festival has showcased over 150 environmental non-profits and outdoor recreational organizations, featuring industry partners and prominent speakers, dedicated to the environment, focusing on global hot spots.  The Forecastle Foundation as raised over $150,000 through partnerships, enabling them to find and protect twelve ecologically diverse and endangered areas on the planet.  The event contributes $1 from every ticket to support the foundation and will also have on-site efforts such as reducing carbon emissions and limiting landfill waste through projects in Kentucky, Brazil, and Indonesia.  To encourage sustainable living, Arcadia Power will provide 100 percent pollution-free electricity, Clean Vibes will provide recycling and waste management, and MailChimp will reduce carbon footprints through complimentary bike valet.

While aboard the Forecastle Festival, enjoy the art, music, and environment education all while supporting our environment.  Be sure to also dive in to some of Kentucky’s pastimes, bourbon sampling at the Gonzo Bar and the Kentucky Landing, as well as horse racing at Forecastle Derby.  Board the ship this weekend at the Forecastle Festival in Louisville!


Friday, July 15
The Avett Brothers
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Glass Animals
Ghostland Observatory
Moon Taxi
Liz Vice
Wild Child
Black Pistol Fire

Saturday, July 16
Alabama Shakes
Local Natives
Big Gigantic
The Arcs
Dr. Dog
Sylvan Esso
Shakey Graves
Danny Brown
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Pokey LaFarge
Hudson Mohawke
Teddy Abrams and Friends
Sarah Jarosz
All Them Witches
Madison Ward & the Mama Bear
Alex G
Jazz Cartier
Future Thieves
The Shadowboxers 

Sunday, July 17
Death Cab For Cutie
Ryan Adams
Brandi Carlile
Gary Clark Jr.
Blackberry Smoke
Washed Out
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
White Denim
Heartless Bastards
Patrick Watson
Speedy Ortiz
Anderson East
Steve Gunn & The Outliners
The Suffers
Los Colognes
River Tiber
Joan Shelley 

More information is available at!

Forecastle Festival
Waterfront Park
Louisville, KY
July 15, 16, & 17

Gates open at 12pm (2pm Friday)
Weekend Pass $189.50/VIP $399.50
Daily Pass $69.50/VIP $199.50