Forecastle Festival

Arts and Humanities
11:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Forecastle Festival: Beck, OutKast, Jack White, Replacements, Slint

Update: Forecastle Festival founder J.K. McKnight spoke to WFPL's Jonathan Bastian about the line-up. Listen below:

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Arts and Humanities
3:55 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Forecastle Festival Pre-Sale Begins Friday

Jim James puts on an impromptu set for fans at the 2012 Forecastle Festival.
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Tickets for the annual Forecastle Festival in Louisville go on sale Friday. A limited number of $119 three-day general admission passes will be available through the Forecastle website, starting at noon. (That's a $19 increase over last year's pre-sale pass price.) 

All other ticketing options, including VIP tickets and single-day passes, go on sale at a later date.

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Local News
10:47 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Brain Drain: Forecastle Founder J.K. McKnight on the Power of Culture for Louisville

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This month, WFPL is exploring Brain Drain in Louisville: What does it take for this city to attract and retain talented young professionals?

We continue our series this week with J.K. McKnight, founder of the Forecastle Festival. What began as a small event in the Highlands in 2002 now attracts upwards of 60,000 people to Waterfront Park. This year's acts included the Black Keys, the Flaming Lips, Jim James and many others.

The role festivals and cultural institutions play in attracting new workers and businesses to a city is something that McKnight has seen firsthand.

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Local News
4:50 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Forecastle Festival Met Attendance Expectations

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As organizers predicted, the Forecastle Festival drew in the ballpark of 65,000 attendees through three days at Louisville's Waterfront Park.

Now, the organizers' plan is to take a few weeks off and begin planning a 2014 Forecastle Festival sometime in August.

“We take a couple weeks off to decompress,” said Holly Weyler, spokeswoman for Forecastle.

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Local News
5:04 pm
Sat July 13, 2013

Forecastle Fest Temporarily Evacuated Due to Impending Severe Weather

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UPDATE 5:24pm: Forecastle Festivalgoers are being allowed to re-enter Waterfront Park, after a 20 minute evacuation due to a severe storm in the vicinity. The festival said via social media that it would release an updated schedule for tonight's shows soon.

Original post: Severe thunderstorms in the vicinity caused the organizers of this weekend's Forecastle Festival to temporarily evacuate the music festival's venue at Waterfront Park.

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Local News
11:02 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Things to Know if You're Going to Forecastle

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The Forecastle Festival is expecting a record crowd this weekend.

On the presumption that some of the hoped-for 65,000-plus fest-goers have questions, here are some tips for navigating (sorry) the music, art and activism festival at Waterfront Park.

First off, gates open at Waterfront Park at 3:45 p.m. today, 1:15 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

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Arts and Humanities
5:20 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Forecastle Festival Anticipates Bigger Crowds This Weekend

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Forecastle’s eleventh festival opens this weekend at Waterfront Park, and festival organizers are expecting to double last year's attendance. Over the years, the once-diminutive event founded by "Captain" J.K. McKnight in 2002 has grown from humble beginnings in Louisville’s Tyler Park to a three-day rock festival boasting headliners like Widespread Panic, Flaming Lips and yes, My Morning Jacket.

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Local News
9:01 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Beyond the Music: Forecastle Foundation Raises Awareness of Pine Mountain

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Forecastle Festival organizers expect roughly 75,000 patrons next month for a weekend of music, art and activism at Waterfront Park. This year the festival will take place on July 12-14 and feature acts such as The Black Keys and The Flaming Lips.

But Forecastle extends beyond the festival experience with the creation of the Forecastle Foundation, which is designed to help preserve the world’s most diverse natural places. These preservation efforts take place both internationally and locally. 

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Arts and Humanities
12:34 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Forecastle Schedule Released

Forecastle has released the daily schedules for its upcoming festival, so you can start obsessively arranging your three days on Waterfront Park hour-by-hour. The festival kicks off on Friday, July 12 at 4:45 p.m. with folk-rockers Roadkill Ghost Choir (sounds like: Radiohead channels Gram Parsons) on the Boom Stage and American bass pioneer Salva on the dance-oriented Ocean Stage, then wraps at 11 p.m. Sunday, July 14, with closing headliners The Avett Bros. 

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