His band having just been announced as the festival headliners, the Louisville-native and decadently-bearded My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James joked of the this summer’s 10th annual Forecastle Music Festival a few weeks back that the theme would be, “Christmas in July”. And yet Christmas came even earlier than promised, on ‘Leap Day’ to be precise, with the full festival lineup dropping this morning and possibly delivering even more sonic-madness that we ever dared dream. Expected to bring 30,000 patrons to Waterfront Park over a three-day tour-de-jams (July 13-15), it turns out the real theme of Forecastle X is ‘good music, and only good music’.
A ridiculously diverse lineup, boasting 70+ bands across five stages, My Morning Jacket (and all of us by extension) will find themselves jamming alongside some scary-good company. Whether it be the alt-folk-americana sounds of veteran acts like Wilco, Andrew and Neko Case, or perhaps the bevy of skinny-jean-sporting indie-darlings, including Beech House, Real Estate and Washed Out, Forecastle X has more than enough to keep your eardrums reeling. But throw in the skull-reverberating tunes of BassNectar, Girl Talk and Sleigh Bells, alongside Kentucky favorites Ben Sollee and Wax Fang? Well that’s not even fair.
What follows is the full lineup as it stands, with even more artists as well as various art and sustainability festivities to be announced in the coming days:My Morning Jacket Bassnectar Wilco Girl Talk Andrew Bird Sleigh Bells Atmosphere Neko Case Clutch A-Trak Galactic Flying Lotus Beach House The Head and the Heart Stax! Soul Revue Dr. Dog Deer Tick Preservation Hall Jazz Band Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires Beats Antique Real Estate Justin Townes Earle Washed Out Walk The Moon Dean Wareham Plays Galaxie 500 Wye Oak Atlas Sound Fruit Bats Daedelus Ben Sollee Orchestre Poly-Rythmo JEFF the Brotherhood The Features Mike Doughty Tanlines Zion I Sleeper Agent Floating Action Wick-It The Instigator James Vincent McMorrow Wax Fang Daniel Martin Moore King’s Daughters & Sons Houndmouth Cheyenne Marie Mize The Ravenna Colt Rachel Grimes Nerves Junior Cabin Scarlet Smile Lydia Burrell
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Three-day weekend and VIP passes are already on sale, with the first round of single-day passes (starting with a very limited quantity specially priced at just under $50) opening up this friday. Full ticketing information can be found online via Forecastle’s website, as well as in person at the local vendor WHY Louisville.
The latest in the ongoing efforts of the Forecastle Foundation, festival organizers have also announced today that $0.50 of each ticket sold will go towards supporting local education and international environmental conservation.
Only the second collaboration between Forecastle architect JK McKnight and AC Entertainment (after last summer’s ‘Halfway to Forecastle), this is a partnership that keeps on giving. Stay tuned to LouisvilleKY.com for much more coverage as what just might be the greatest musical event in Derby City history looms ever closer.
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