Forecastle Music Festival

AC Entertainment & JK McKnight Host Forecastle 2014



WFPL Radio based in Louisville, Kentucky reported after the event last year the increase in attendance between the two years. The Forecastle Music Festival almost doubled in attendance from 2012 to 2013. There has not been a public release on expected attendance this year, but an estimated guess would be close to the size last year with an average of 25,000 guests per day.

OutKast to perform only US Show of July at Forecastle.

OutKast has been taking over the world with their 20th anniversary tour. The duo make their only US appearance of July this year with a stop on Friday, July 18. This also marks one of the only US shows remaining for their 2014 summer tour, (besides Lollapalooza). These two Atlanta musicians have picked up 6 grammy awards and sold over 25 million albums worldwide.



Forecastle Foundation supports international ecosystems.

Forecastle Foundation provides support to some of the worlds most remarkable places. These locations are also the most threatened. These are called “Hotspots,” coined by Norman Myers in 1988. They are the richest and most threatened reservoirs of plan and animal life on Earth. In 2010, JK McKnight was able to launch a sustainable branch to the festival with a new foundation to restore and preserve hotspots across the world. With each pass/ticket purchase, $1.00 will be donated to the Forecastle Foundation.




Four time grammy award winners Nickel Creek celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2014.

After taking 7 years off, Nickel Creek  returns to the music scene with “A Dotted Line” and a handful of shows across the country. Their Forecastle set is a bucket-list set for any acoustic/folk rock music fan. The Tune-Yards perform around the same time as Nickel Creek during Forecastle. It will be a tough toss up between those two powder keg performances.

Nickel Creek has been selling out numerous shows during their 2014 tour. Their Forecastle Sunday set will be a stellar concert to see on the Boom Stage in the early evening hours. Watch and listen in to the latest by the band with their hit ‘Hayloft’ video on YouTube.



The City of Louisville was founded in 1778 by George Rogers Clark and is named after King Louis XVI of France.

Louisville, Kentucky is rich with unknown history. Facts and information provided by:

• There will be late night shows hosted on the Belle of Louisville. Built in 1914, the Belle of Louisville is the oldest operating Mississippi-style sternwheeler steamboat in existence today.

• The University of Louisville, founded in 1798, is the oldest city-supported college in the United States.

• Bourbon generates 4,200 jobs with $263 million payroll every year in Louisville.
Over 5 dozen acts set to perform at Forecastle.

Over 60 acts will perform over this July 18-20 in Louisville, Kentucky. There will be music hosted on four stages during the day including two additional venues for late night performances. Legendary acts from all musical genres will be on hand for this special weekend of music.

Arrive on Friday for JJ Grey and Mofro for striped down rock, as well as Gary Clark Jr. tearing up the electric guitar on the Mast Stage at Forecastle. Stop by Sunday night for a cool and concluding set of the weekend with Beck. Soak up the other great acts from start to finish at Forecastle.

  • Outkast
  • Jack White
  • Beck
  • The Replacements
  • Ray Lamontagne
  • Band of Horses
  • Spoon
  • Nickel Creek
  • Dwight Yoakam
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
  • Local Natives
  • Gary Clark Jr.
  • Jason Isbell
  • Jenny Lewis
  • Trampled By Turtles
  • Lord Huron
  • Tune-Yards
  • JJ Grey & Mofro
  • Action Bronson
  • Slint
  • Flume
  • Against Me!
  • Sun Kil Moon
  • Sharon Van Etten
  • The Black Lips
  • Against Me!


  • Sun Kil Moon
  • Sharon Van Etten
  • The Black Lips
  • St. Lucia
  • Brett Dennen Tourist
  • Lucius
  • Nightmares On Wax (live)
  • Charli XCX
  • Claude VonStroke
  • Spanish Gold
  • Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
  • The Soul Rebels
  • Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks
  • Reignwolf
  • Waxahatchee
  • Chrome Sparks
  • Hayes Carll
  • Willie Watson
  • Foy Vance
  • Hurray For the Riff Raff


  • The Districts
  • Benjamin Booker
  • Johnnyswim
  • Leagues
  • Old Baby
  • Blue Sky Black Death
  • Matrimony
  • Mount Moriah
  • Seluah
  • The Weeks
  • JaLin Roze
  • Young & Sick
  • Jill Andrews
  • The Wans
  • Goodbye June



The Forecastle Festival and the Crescent Vale Network strongly encourage patrons to cycle, which saves money and reduces your carbon footprint and impact on the environment. Work off winter weight, bring a water bottle and stay hydrated during the weekend. Bring an empty, refillable bottle of your own or snag a limited edition Forecastle Festival Eco Vessel bottle at the merchandise stands or beverage stations.


Weekend passes, single day tickets, and late night shows are all still on sale for guests to pick up at Forecastle Tickets. General admission weekend passes come out to 184.50 before tax and the single day tickets are priced at 84.50 per person. Guests can decide if they need to party for one, two or three days. The Forecastle Festival makes it easy to visit Louisville in style.


Hotels are booking up fast for this July 18-20 in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. We urge guests to book now to save themselves cash and headache from traveling to and from the festival grounds each day. There is no parking on the premise of the festival grounds, but there will be plenty of street parking nearby. If you are planning on brining a bicycle, please plan accordingly with your travel plans.

Marriott Louisville Downtown still has rooms available for guests traveling from outside the area. There is a good chance that there is other rooms available in the downtown area, but we want to inform guest ahead of time.

  • KOA offers camping within a 3-mile driving distance from Waterfront Park. Please click here for more info. Directions and contact info is as follows:

13th Annual Forecastle Festival Returns to Waterfront Park.

There will be high spirits surrounding the downtown area of Louisville, Kentucky this July 18-20. Musicians from all over the country and world will join together in a melting pot, one-of-a-kind experience that should be on the top of everyone’s bucket list. Even if you don’t like music, try out this event and see how expanding your taste in music can help with your day to day life. We may not be able to cover the event this year, but we hope that all attending guests have a weekend of a lifetime.

“Guests know when they have arrived to Forecastle.”

– Crescent Vale Online

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Matthew McGuire is the founder and editor of Crescent Vale News. In 2014, he acquired a master's degree in Professional Media and Media Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.