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

Earlier: OutKast, Jack White and Beck lead the 2014 Forecastle Festival line-up, which also includes newly re-formed alt-rock pioneers The Replacements, Louisville post-rock juggernaut Slint, Band of Horses, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Dwight Yoakam, Spoon, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Ray Lamontagne and Nickel Creek.

All three headliners are making the festival rounds this year, with appearances already announced at Tennessee’s Bonnaroo (White), Chicago’s Pitchfork Fest (Beck), Southern California’s Coachella (OutKast, Beck) and more. Outkast announced a reunion tour of 40 festivals earlier this yearBeck’s new album “Morning Phase” is being hailed as a companion to his elegiac 2002 break-up album “Sea Change.”  White has a new solo album reputedly close to release. 

Louisville acts included in the lineup so far include Old Baby, Jalin Roze and Seluah.  

Last week, the Mayor’s office released the results of a 2013 economic impact study on the festival: $14 million goes into the local economy during the three-day event, including more than $2.13 million spent on hotel rooms in the Louisville area and more than $1.46 million at area bars and restaurants. Last year, about 65,000 people attended the event, and more than 70 percent were from out of town.

Forecastle Festival will be held July 18-20 at Waterfront Park. Weekend passes go on sale at noon Friday for $144.50 via, and Ticketmaster outlets. VIP and travel packages will also be available. 

Forecastle Festival founder J.K. McKnight will be on Here & Now talking line-ups and more with Jonathan Bastian today on WFPL (89.3 FM) at 1:30 p.m. 

Here’s Beck performing on Saturday Night Live last weekend: 

[HD] Beck – Wave – SNL 3-1-14 by IdolxMuzic

Here’s the full list of performers announced so far from Forecastle:



Jack White

The Replacements

Ray Lamontagne

Band of Horses

Nickel Creek

Dwight Yoakam

Twenty One Pilots

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Local Natives

Gary Clark Jr.

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

Jenny Lewis

Trampled By Turtles

Lord Huron


JJ Grey & Mofro

Action Bronson




Against Me!

Sun Kil Moon

Sharon Van Etten

The Black Lips

Brett Dennen

St. Lucia



Nightmares On Wax (live)

Charli XCX

Claude VonStroke

Spanish Gold

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

The Soul Rebels

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks



Chrome Sparks

Hayes Carll

Willie Watson

Foy Vance

Hurray For the Riff Raff

The Districts

Benjamin Booker



Old Baby

Blue Sky Black Death


Mount Moriah

The Weeks

JaLin Roze

Young & Sick

Jill Andrews

The Wans

Goodbye June


Some videos to get you dreaming about summertime on the waterfront: 


Sharon Van Etten:

Hayes Carll:

Gary Clark Jr.: