Black Keys, Flaming Lips, Avett Brothers Headline Louisville’s Forecastle Festival
The Black Keys, Flaming Lips and Avett Brothers will headline the 11th Annual Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Kentucky this year.
This festival, which highlights music, arts and activism, will take place July 12-14 this year. Other notable performers include Animal Collective, Big Boi, Alabama Shakes, Old Crow Medicine Show, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Bob Mould, Killer Mike, Matt & Kim, Tift Merritt, String Cheese Incident and Kentucky native Jim James of My Morning Jacket.
The festival will be held at Waterfront Park in Louisville, with late night shows taking place on the Belle of Louisville steamboat, as well as venues around downtown Louisville. The String Cheese Incident will play at the Palace Theater (July 13), but tickets must be purchased in addition to the regular festival price.
Depending on when you buy, three-day passes for the event will cost between $125 and $180, with the latter being the full price for general admission, and also will be the price at the gate if tickets are still available. Additionally, a VIP pass is available for $475, which includes special entrances and viewing areas as well as an air conditioned lounge, exclusive bar and bathrooms and a poster.
The festival will once again welcome the Bourbon Lounge, which celebrates Kentucky’s great bourbon legacy – the official site reports that 95 percent of all the world’s bourbon is produced in Kentucky. The Bourbon Lounge will be expanded this year, with further details to come.
In addition to the notable music headliners, the event’s website notes that, “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.”