Forecastle Festival, Start Your Engines (Amps)

Rain or shine—thousands of music fans will file through the gates at Waterfront Park for the 10th annual Forecastle Festival this weekend, which is expected to draw the largest crowd in its history.

Thirty-five thousand people are estimated to attend Forecastle through Sunday, according to festival officials. The event features some of the largest names in the music industry including Louisville’s My Morning Jacket, which will headline the festival Sunday night.

Festival spokeswoman Holly Weyler said the rainy weather forecasted this weekend is not a concern, and the event’s team is prepared.

“We have everything covered in terms of evacuation plans and our full site team is aware of that, so we’re doing everything to make sure we provide the best experience for all of our guests and participants. And we’re not worried about the weather,” she said.

This will be the first festival since Forecastle founder J.K. McKnight officially partnered with AC Entertainment, which also runs the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee

Weyler wouldn’t say how many tickets have been sold, but the goal is to increase attendance by 10,000 from previous years and daily totals will be available the mornings after. 

Devin Katayama

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