In exactly one week many of us will be traveling to Louisville, KY to take part in Forecastle Festival! With so much going on between July 12 and July 14th, I’ve come up with a list of 10 things you SHOULD NOT MISS if you plan on attending!
10. CamelBak Hydration Tents / Waterfront Park Creek
Just like last year, CamelBak will have FREE hydration stations located within the festival grounds! Make sure you bring a refillable water bottle or a CamelBak hydration backpack with you each day. Stop by and let CamelBak top you off with free water and stay hydrated!
Another way to keep cool at Forecastle is to take a dip in the creek that flows through Waterfront Park and into the Ohio River. Don’t worry, there is a safety fence as the creek enters the river so you don’t have to worry about floating away. There is also ample seating for relaxing down by the water if getting wet isn’t your thing!
9. Red Bull Music Academy Ocean Stage
Tucked away underneath I-64, the Ocean Stage is the perfect place to find some relief from the sun and listen to some of the more electronic artists playing Forecastle. Red Bull does a good job making the production appealing to both the ears and eyes, as last year included giant LED screens and booming bass. Expect this stage to have the crowd dancing all 3 days as acts like Boys Noize, Matt & Kim, Griz, Nosaj Thing, Baauer, and Purity Ring perform.
8. Island Squeeze Oasis
Located in the top right corner of the festival map you will find the Island Queeze Oasis. Set right by the water, the oasis will offer a prime view of the main Mast Stage, as well as the Ohio River. Feel free to relax in the tropical themed atmosphere while sipping on a refreshing Piña Colada or Strawberry Daiquiri.
7. McDevitt Taco Supply
I’ll be damned if these tacos arent some of the best festival food I’ve consumed this season! I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy their delicious tacos at Coachella, Beale St. Music Festival, and Bonnaroo this year already! The staff is always super fun and chill, and the prices aren’t outrages either. Here is what McDevitt Taco Supply has to say about their company:
Super heady and delicious tacos made to order! We use local and organic ingredients whenever possible to bring you food that tastes great and is environmentally responsible.
They will be located at the Mast Stage this year at Forecastle. Look for them on the right side if you are facing the stage.
6. Boys Noize | Friday, Jul 12 9:45PM | Ocean Stage
Alexander Ridha, otherwise known as Boys Noize, is a German producer with a catalog that goes back as far as 2004. Boys Noize will be conflicting with other Forecastle acts Young The Giant and String Cheese Incident but I can assure you sacrificing a bit of those sets to catch Boys Noize will be worth it!
With a unique style of pounding acid house, he will have the Ocean Stage going absolutely crazy the entire time! Check out this snippet of his epic late night set a few weeks ago at Bonnaroo:
5. American Poster Institute’s Poster Show
I am a HUGE fan of concert and festival posters. My walls at home are completely covered with artistic memories of the concerts and festivals I’ve been to over the years. Forecastle Festival has partnered with the American Poster Institute to bring artist from all over the country to Louisville, KY. One of my favorites, Status Serigraph, is pictured above and will be in attendance.
As you walk through the main festival entrance, take an immediate left and go browse all the posters on display. I wouldn’t wait till Sunday though, as a lot of these posters will be special screenprints and go fast!
4. The Flaming Lips | Saturday, Jul 13 8:45PM | Boom Stage
For many many years, The Flaming Lips used the same live production. While full of confetti and balloons, and pretty fun, the crowd knew EXACTLY what to expect when attending a show. In 2013, Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips released a new album called “The Terror”. The album quickly became one of my favorite albums of the year so far. And with the new album, FINALLY came a brand new live stage production. As you can expect from The Flaming Lips, its weird, VERY weird, but it doesn’t let you look away! There are hundreds of feet of LED wires, a baby, LED poles, a moving lighting rig, and of course, lots of smoke and confetti! If you don’t experience it in person, you are going to deeply regret it.
3. Belle of Louisville
Parked on the Ohio River just outside the entrance to The Forecastle Festival is The Belle of Louisville. A steamboat built in 1914 and owned by the city of Louisville, this enormous boat will host official Forecastle late night shows on both Friday and Saturday starting at midnight. I dare you to find a cooler venue for a concert.
Friday night will see Elliot Lipp and Wick-It The Instigator leading a sweaty dance party on the Ohio River. Saturday night should be a little more calm as Louisville natives Houndmouth along with Night Beds, The Wheeler Brothers, and guests rock the boat!
Tickets to both shows are still available and can be purchased here.
2. Forecastle Bourbon Lodge
The Bourbon Lodge is literally a festival within a festival. It’s going to be EXTREMELY hard to pull myself back out into the festival grounds and actually go see some live music. Luckily, an outdoor patio will offer lodge members a view of the Port Stage.
For a crazy low price of only $10, Forecastle Festival patrons can become a Bourbon Lodge member for the weekend. Membership includes access to the lodge the entire weekend, 5 tickets to use towards spirits, and a commemorative mug.
And don’t worry, not even hunger and an urge to relieve yourself will require you to leave the lodge. The Bourbon Lodge will offer members access to private air conditioned bathrooms. Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ will also be serving up delicious pork offerings from within the lodge.
Oh, and that’s not even all! On Saturday from 8:00PM to 9:00PM the Bourbon Lodge inside Forecastle will offer a celebrity bartending class featuring members of The Alabama Shakes. Yea. Be there.
1. The Forecastle Incident | Sunday, Jul 14 5:45PM | Boom Stage
The members of String Cheese Incident are going to be very busy the entire weekend at Forecastle. On Friday night, they will play a headlining set on the Mast Stage. On Saturday night, they will play a separately ticketed late night show at The Louisville Palace. Then on Sunday afternoon, the band returns to the festival grounds to perform on the Boom Stage this time. But what’s so special about this show, is that NO ONE knows yet who will be joining them.
Don’t forget, AC Entertainment, the people behind Forecastle, are also co-producers of Bonnaroo where some EPIC superjams have taken place over the years!
Will they be playing SCI songs? Will they play all covers? Will it be a DJ set? (likely not) WHO KNOWS!
One things for sure, it has the potential to be THE highlight of the entire weekend. Other artists playing that day that could easily take the stage with String Cheese Incident includes Robert Plant, Grace Potter, The Avett Brothers, and Toro Y Moi. And even though he doesn’t perform on Sunday, I wouldn’t dare count out Louisville native Jim James.
Ticket’s to The Forecastle Festival are still on sale and can be purchased here.