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Restaurants, hotels banking on Forecastle Festival

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Forecastle Festival is going into its fourth year at Waterfront Park and 12th year overall. With four stages, featuring the likes of Outkast, Beck, Jack White and the Replacements promoters of the event find that their dictionary now includes the seven-letter word: sellout.

Tier #1 general admission tickets, that go for $74.50 each, are sold out. So are VIP passes for Saturday, that sold for $199.50 a pop.

Last year’s festival drew 60,000 fans spread out over three days. This year, some guesstimate the crowd could top 75,000.

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“We don’t want Forecastle to outgrow itself,” Forecastle’s communications director Holly Weyler said Wednesday. “We're an urban festival, so it's kind of different from a camping festival where you would do something like a Thursday too.”

But no campground means all those out-of-towners have to book a room somewhere. .

“I think we'll probably be over 50 percent related to Forecastle,” said Andy Kasitz, the Revenue Manager for the 180-room Sheraton-Louisville Riverside, which actually sits across the Ohio River in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

The Galt House Hotel and other mid-priced to premium hotels close to the riverfront are booked solid or very close to filling their few odd rooms remaining.

Forecastle offers on-site food vendors and the Bourbon Lodge, highlighting Kentucky’s signature whisky.

Corey Mitchell is counting on brew and the desire to try something new to lure folks across the river to the Red Yeti Brewing Co. in Jeffersonville.

“Anything that incorporates more business from both sides-and people coming over here, is a good thing,” Mitchell said. “I've never seen Jeffersonville or Spring Street as crowded as it is now that the walking bridge is open.”

He’s talking about the Big Four Bridge; yet another path to lead to the beat at Forecastle and the hospitality of Kentuckiana, right out its front doors.

“We encourage all the local businesses to stay open later,” Weyler said. “Extend their hours, offer specials to our patrons.”

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