Music festival canceled, promises improvements for 2012

Posted by Kevin Kayse - e-mail

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The stages will be silent this summer at the Forecastle music festival, but organizers say it's return next summer at Waterfront Park will be bigger and better than ever.

On Feb. 10, festival founder JK McKnight announced this year's festival won't happen, but that he has teamed up with a new partner, one who founded Tennessee's annual Bonaroo festival.

Even though there will be no Forecastle this year, in July organizers plan to put on a 'Halfway to Forecastle' event in downtown Louisville. Mayor Greg Fischer says that should help with the economic loss of the festival.

"There'll be a little fall off, obviously," said Fischer. "But the halfway event is going to help us make up for some of that, and we're looking at this as a tremendous long-term partnership between two visionaries here as well."

In 2010, the Bonaroo festival drew about 80,000 people, while Forecastle pulled in about 30,000. 8,000 to 10,000 are expected for the halfway event in July.

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