Breakdown: Forecastle Festival 2013

forecastle_bannerThe month of July seems to be the month of the mid-major music festivals in 2013.  Bonnaroo will have just wrapped up in June, and Lollapalooza will be on the horizon come early August.  Leading the pack of the mid-major July music festivals this year is Forecastle Festival.  Taking place in Louisville, KY the weekend of July 12-14, Forecastle boasts 4 stages with a backdrop of the Ohio River.

The festival will feature numerous regional acts based out of Louisville, KY and Nashville, TN.  Not to be overlooked are the handful of popular national artists making an appearance at this years festival such as String Cheese Incident, The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, The Flaming Lips, Boys Noize, Robert Plant, Matt & Kim, Animal Collective, and hometown hero Jim James of My Morning Jacket.

forecastle_streamThe festival schedule was recently announced, giving us a chance to explore and study the artists performing before a final decision is made on what shows to attend.

Friday, July 12th:

The music on Friday doesn’t kick off until 4:45pm, giving patrons ample time to travel to Louisville and get situated and checked in at any of the numerous downtown hotels.  Roadkill Ghost Choir, Pimps of Joytime, The Pass, and Salva will be getting the festival started Friday afternoon.  Roadkill Ghost Choir is an Indie/Folk band out of Florida and will be opening The Boom Stage.   Give a listen to their track “Beggars Guild” below:

Next, a decision will need to be made between Sharon Jones & The Dap King, The Bob Mould Band, and chill-wave duo Inc.  Myself, I will be over at the Ocean Stage catching a relaxing buzz while taking in the calming sounds of Inc.

Shortly after, Big Boi of Outkast will take to the Boom Stage, while mountain bluegrass stars Old Crow Medicine Show play the Mast Stage.  If you don’t mind leaving OCMS just a little bit early, I strongly recommend heading on over to the Port Stage and catching Moon Taxi’s set.  An emerging band out of Nashville, TN, Moon Taxi is on the verge of being a well known name amongst music fans.  Their recent performance at Hangout Music Festival was considered by many to be one of the highlights of the entire festival.

A conflict between California indie rock band Young The Giant and acid electro producer Boys Noize will split the crowd prior to Friday Night headliners String Cheese Incident.  And if by some chance none of that interests you, you can always head on over to the Port Stage and hear local Louisville up and comers Houndmouth close out the night.

Saturday, July 13th:

Sarah Jarosz, Shovels & Rope, Foxygen, and MNDR will tee off first on Saturday.  Experimental rock band Foxygen recently released their debut album “We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic” which was met with an overwhelmingly positive response from on-line bloggers and music enthusiasts alike.

Next a tough conflict presents itself as festival patrons are forced to choose between Dawes, Kurt Vile & The Violators, and rock band Mona.  Personally I have yet to be able to see Mona live so I will be planted over at the Port Stage rocking out.

Not many bands had as big of a year as Alabama Shakes did in 2012.  Going from relatively unknown, to opening for Jack White, then touring the world in support of debut album Boys & Girls.  Their hard work is rewarded as they get to play the main Mast Stage Saturday evening at Forecastle.  Conflicting with the tail end of their set will be The Joy Formidable and Nosaj Thing.  Psychedelic synth-hop producer Nosaj Thing recently released a new album in 2013 called “Home” that includes the mesmerizing track “Eclipse/Blue” as seen below:

Taking to the Mast Stage as Saturday night’s pre-headliner is Louisville, Kentucky’s own Jim James of My Morning Jacket.  With a debut solo album currently out, Jim is sure to bring a massive crowd at his hometown festival.  The always fun pop-rock duo Matt & Kim will be closing the Ocean Stage Saturday night while The Flaming Lips will be showing off their new stage production over at The Boom Stage.  Hint: I wouldn’t miss The Flaming Lips if you have yet to see their new live show.


The Black Keys will be closing out Saturday night by playing a scheduled 2hr headlining show on the Mast Stage.  While I personally prefer to see the duo in more intimate settings, their recent boom in popularity has made that near impossible.  Luckily, I feel like the size of Forecastle Festival is just right for bringing back that intimate feel to their live show.

Sunday, July 14th:

I can not urge anyone reading this enough to check out The Wild Feathers on the Port Stage early on Sunday.  This relatively unknown (for now) group out of Nashville has strong enough melodies to make you push aside that Lumineers or Of Monsters and Men album.  Give their single “The Ceiling” a listen below:

After Wild Belle mysteriously disapeared from the initial lineup, Tennis was tapped to fill their spot and will be playing the Boom Stage while Toro Y Moi pleases the crowd over at the Mast Stage.

Next, dubstep producer Datsik squares off against hip-hop heavy hitters El-P & Killer Mike.  Not quite sure why El-P & Killer Mike were reduced to a 45min set, but that is most definitely 45 minutes of this festival that I will NOT be missing.  Both MC’s released exceptional albums in 2012.  Check out the awesome, yet violent, 10 minute video for “Big Beast” featuring both Killer Mike & El-P that will for sure have you bobbing your head:

Grace Potter, Animal Collective, and internet famous producer Baauer compete for an audience next.  Do you want to witness an extremely talented beautiful woman, a weird experimental electronic group, or record an epic Vine to post to twitter of you and all your friends doing “The Harlem Shake”?  Yea, I’m not sure yet either.

Robert Plant takes to the Mast Stage Sunday evening to present The Sensational Space Shifters.  Not familiar with Robert Plant?  He was the vocalist in this small band back in your parents day called Led Zeppelin. Still not familiar?  I can’t help you.

The String Cheese Incident return to the festival once again on Sunday night to take part in “The Forecastle Incident”.  Not many details have emerged regarding this semi surprise set, but one can assume that it will play out like one of Bonnaroo’s Superjams. Competing with The Forecastle Incident will be the electronic duo out of Canada known as Purity Ring.  With haunting melodies  and a colorful live stage production to keep your attention, this is one you definitely don’t want to miss, even if you don’t stay for the entire set.

Closing out the festival on Sunday Night is none other than North Carolina based bluegrass trio The Avett Brothers.  These guys have been going at it for many years now, and in return amassing quite the fanbase.  Expect their headlining set on Sunday evening to be rather packed as patrons try to embrace every last moment of The Forecastle Festival.

On Friday and Saturday night if you haven’t yet had enough music at the festival, Forecastle is putting on a handful of late night shows including acts such as Wick-It the Instigator, Eliot Lipp, Houndmouth, Night Beds, and even The String Cheese Incident.  Details for these separately ticketed late night shows can be found on the Forecastle website here.

Tickets for Forecastle are currently on-sale and can be purchased here.  Don’t wait around as the lower tier cheaper tickets have been selling out.

Oh, I nearly forgot, speaking of TICKETS, The Festival Snob will be giving away (1) FREE 3-DAY FORECASTLE FESTIVAL pass to one of my followers.  To win, be paying attention to Facebook and Twitter THIS Saturday June 1st at 4pm EST.  A link will be posted directing you to a number of questions regarding the festival.  The first person to e-mail me with ALL the correct answers, will be going to Forecastle Festival 2013 FOR FREE!

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