Arts and Culture

The Black Keys, Avett Brothers and the String Cheese Incident lead the 2013 Forecastle Festival line-up, which also includes Jim James, the Alabama Shakes, the return of the Flaming Lips and more.

The festival will be on July 12-14 at Waterfront Park. Weekend passes go on sale at noon Wednesday via, and Ticketmaster outlets. The initial price is $125, but increases as each price level sells out. (Here’s more on ticket pricing.)

Other musicians of noteworthiness include Old Crow Medicine Show, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Big Boi, Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, Bob Mould Band and Baauer,  which is responsible for the (absurd) “Harlem Shake” viral video phenomenon.

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

The Black Keys

The String Cheese Incident

The Avett Brothers

The Flaming Lips

Alabama Shakes

Jim James

Animal Collective

Old Crow Medicine Show

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

The Forecastle Incident (with special guests)

Young the Giant

Big Boi

Matt & Kim

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Purity Ring

The Joy Formidable




Kurt Vile & The Violators

Toro y Moi

Bob Mould Band

El-P & Killer Mike



Moon Taxi



Greensky Bluegrass

Wild Belle

Tift Merritt

Shovels & Rope


Night Beds



Ryan Hemsworth


Alasdair Roberts & Friends


The 23 String Band

Wheeler Brothers

A Lion Named Roar

The Pass

Some videos below.

Alabama Shakes:

Black Keys:

Jim James:

A few of this year’s performers are Forecastle veterans. For instance, Jim James—who recently released a solo album “Regions of Light and Sound of God”—performed in 2012 with My Morning Jacket, and the band also curated that year’s festival. Flaming Lips, who are set to release the album “The Terror” on April 1, were headliners in 2010. And in 2011, Big Boi was a headliner for Halfway to Forecastle, an abbreviated festival staged after Forecastle took that year off after partnering with AC Entertainment. Black Keys, Avett Brothers and others also played past Forecastles.

Louisville performers include The Pass, Freakwater and A Lion Named Roar.

Forecastle notes that this is an initial line-up of confirmed performers; more should follow.

This will be the second full Forecastle Festival since it joined with the Knoxville-based AC Entertainment, which also produces Bonnaroo.