WHAT IS A FORECASTLE?
The Forecastle is a superstructure at the bow of a ship where the crew is housed. Hard at work in the unruly sea, it’s a place workers gather to unwind after a hard day of labor. In other words, Forecastle is a place to come together with your friends and family to have one whale of a good time.
Founded in 2002 by Louisville native JK McKnight, Forecastle has grown from a community event to one of the country’s most anticipated summer festivals, which now draws tens of thousands of fans from across the world to Louisville’s scenic 85-acre Waterfront Park.
In addition to featuring a who’s who of musical acts such as My Morning Jacket, The Black Keys, Bassnectar, the Flaming Lips, Sleater-Kinney, Flying Lotus and The Avett Brothers, Forecastle has consistently promoted local artists as well as focusing on environmental activism and outdoor recreation. Past Forecastles have featured prominent organizations, industry leaders, and distinguished speakers, such as Christopher Sands and Robert Kennedy Jr.
Forecastle is co-produced by Knoxville-based AC Entertainment, one of the country’s premiere independent concert promoters, putting on more than 750 concerts throughout the Southeast as well as producing major events such as Bonnaroo, Gentlemen of the Road and Mountain Oasis.
Forecastle is hosted in Louisville, KY, one of the most beautiful and thriving cities in the country. Located within a day’s drive of half the U.S. population, Possibility City is a great place to spend a weekend.
PRAISE AND PRESS
“31 Coolest Tours and Festivals of 2012″ - Rolling Stone
“We’re already planning our trip for next year.” – Nashville Scene
“It may have been our first trip down to Louisville, but we’ll be coming back real soon, y’all”- Consequence of Sound
“As Forecastle grows, festival remains committed to its roots” - The Examiner
“Rock ‘n’ Roll paradise” – American Songwriter
“Top 15 Outdoor Festivals” – Outdoor Magazine