Land Ho: Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Kentucky
The weekend-long Forecastle Festival (pronounced F’ok_sol) in Louisville, Kentucky, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with headliners such as My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Girl Talk, Sleigh Bells, Atmosphere and more. Previous performers have included Cake, the Black Crowes, Sleater-Kinney, the Smashing Pumpkins and hundreds more. The 3-day art, music and activism festival, which has been rated as one of the top 15 outdoor festivals in the country by Outdoor Magazine, is held alongside the Ohio River in the $60 million-renovated Waterfront Park.
The Forecastle Festival began in 2002 in Louisville’s Tyler Park, with a crowd of only a hundred or so music lovers who came out to support some free indie music. The founder of the festival, 21-year-old JK McKnight, wanted to combine activism, art and music with the outdoors. Now, in 2012, the festival includes hundreds of artists, performers and activists working together to raise awareness on social and environmental issues. Crowds of several thousand flock to the fest each year from over 25 states, and the scene is known for its laid back atmosphere and late-night after parties.
If price is a concern (tickets average about $50 per day for unlimited concert passes), 3-day passes are also available for a discount. To help offset the ticket cost, consider staying at the Louisville KOA campground, which is within three miles of the Waterfront Park. You can also rent a three-day boat pass in the nearby marina. However you stay, you’re guaranteed a fun road trip weekend at this laid-back indie outdoor festival.
By Leah Waldron