LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – With more people expected at this year's Forecastle Festival than ever before, it's easy to assume many fans will be boarding the ship at Waterfront Park for their first time.
Spending long hours in the sun, advice of sunscreen and water comes easy to follow. Entering the gates, one sealed bottle of water is allowed, as are empty backpack water dispensers (Camel Baks), small back packs, sun block and blankets or towels.
Banned items, in addition to food, drugs and alcohol, include umbrellas, coolers, glow sticks and pets. Get the full skinny by clicking here.
Before going, it may be helpful to print out a schedule and mark down musicians you would like to see. It's also perfectly fine to toss the schedule, roam around the grounds and break those plans, discovering new music and parts of the festival that are away from the stage.
If you're local, find an out of towner and take them to your favorite lunch spot or watering hole. If you're not from Louisville, meet as many of us as you can this weekend. Then try to tell yourself why you shouldn't move here.
For those wanting an adult beverage,options include the Bourbon Lounge, where distillers, mixologists and even band members will make food and cocktails throughout the weekend The Kentucky Landing will highlight local craft beer. Plus, at the Four Loko Photo Finish, you can dress up like a horse, race each other or place bets on the matches. Proceeds benefit the non-profit Forecastle Foundation.
Of course, at the heart of the voyage at Forecastle is the music. Here are a few bands to check out aside from the names at the top of the billing:
- Benjamin Booker (1:45 p.m., Friday, Mast Stage) kicks things off on the main stage. Having toured with the Drive-By Truckers and now opening for Jack White, expect plenty of explosive guitar riffs and danceable beats. It will set things up nicely for J.J Grey & Mofro and Gary Clark Jr. to follow on the stage later in the evening.
- MiM0SA (3 p.m., Friday, Ocean Stage) will keep alive a long-running Forecastle tradition of highlighting electronic music (past headliners include Girl Talk and Bassnectar). Expect plenty of bassdrops with psychedelic splices of soul and hip-hop, a la Pretty Lights.
- Louisvillians Anwar Sadat (1:45 p.m., Saturday, Ocean Stage) takes their name all the way from the Middle East and brings it back to the waterfront for a homecoming show. They will fire up people with spacey punk-like riffs.
- Australians Boy & Bear (2:45 p.m., Saturday, Boom Stage) continue an American onslaught, trying to liberate the masses with indie rock. They've sold out shows in clubs on both U.S. coasts and look to be the next best thing from down under since Tame Impala.
- Spanish Gold (3 p.m. Saturday, Mast Stage) pack a funky Latin flavor into catchy Alt-Americana songs circling numerous influences in between. The band includes My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan, and this is a chance for the group to make good on a Waterfront Wednesday performance in the spring that was cut short by thunderstorms. For a preview of their sound, here's a look back at Spanish Gold on The Setlist.
- Louisville hip-hop artist Jalin Roze (4 p.m. Saturday, Port Stage) expands on his buzzworthy mixtapes. His lyrical spectrum has taken him so far as to sit in previously with fiddles and banjos. In this case, it was with Kentucky bluegrass group 23 String Band, which is also playing a late-night Forecastle show with surprise guests. Could there be a repeat performance?
- Sun Kil Moon (4:45 p.m. Sunday, Port Stage) is the folkish indie-alt(rock)er ego of California singer-guitarist Mark Kozelek. For those who bought the soundtrack to the movie Elizabethtown, you might remember the Neil Diamond cover of Kentucky Woman. If you didn't, this will still be a perfect late afternoon warm-up to set up Beck’s closing performance.
Above all, pace yourself and make it a weekend to remember. Feel free to share your advice for first timers before setting sail in the comment section below.
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