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Forecastle returns amid traffic jams, possible storms

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Crews set up on the Great Lawn. Crews set up on the Great Lawn.
People can get out of the rain and still watch a show. People can get out of the rain and still watch a show.
A big stage has been set up near the waterfront. A big stage has been set up near the waterfront.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Thousands of people will pack downtown for a popular summer music festival this weekend.

Waterfront Park is transforming to a nautical wonderland called Forecastle. The event offers a feel of boating while thousands hear bands performing.

"We have 5 stages and over 65 bands playing. My Morning Jacket is obviously going to be a big draw this year," said Forecastle spokeswoman Holly Weyler.

The event returns for its 10th event after taking 2011 off.

Organizers said growing pains of a new partnership, formed in late 2010, negatively impacted last summer.

"We didn't feel we had the time to adequately do the festival in the way that it needed to be done," Weyler said.

Now Forecastle is back, but during a weekend when storms are possible and there is a construction mess on I-65.

Rush hour is more like a stand-still in downtown Louisville, but with even more people flocking to the Waterfront, the traffic could be even worse. 

"As opposed to an event at the KFC Yum! Center, you may have 30,000 people coming all at the same time, but here, because gates open and there are different things that people want to see over time, you tend to get a lot more trickling. So, I don't think it's going to be a huge issue. If anything leave a little early," Weyler said.

With up to 35,000 people expected for Forecastle, organizers said they have a plan in place in case ominous storm clouds come rolling in.

"In the event of severe weather, we do have a whole emergency plan on site and if lightening strikes nearby we shut down all the stages automatically," Weyler said.

The show goes on if it rains, but if things get severe, the park is evacuated.

"One thing that we do have at our disposal is I-64. So, we can definitely shield people from weather in that area and if we need to, if it becomes very severe, then we have plenty of gates to get them out of the festival and safely to their cars," Weyler said.

Forecastle kicks off Friday at 5:30.

For more information on the event, click here.

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