WHAT IS A FORECASTLE?
A Forecastle is a superstructure at the bow of a ship where the crew is housed. Hard at work in the unruly sea, it’s a place workers gather after a long day to unwind. A place where the people come together, for one whale of a good time.
Founded in 2002 by Louisville native JK McKnight, Forecastle has grown from a neighborhood event to one of the country’s most anticipated summer festivals, drawing tens of thousands of fans from across the world to Louisville’s scenic 85-acre Waterfront Park.
In addition to featuring a who’s who of musical acts such as The Black Keys, Widespread Panic, Smashing Pumpkins, My Morning Jacket, Bassnectar, The Flaming Lips, Band of Horses, Sleater-Kinney, and The Avett Brothers, Forecastle has consistently promoted local artists as well as focusing on environmental activism and outdoor recreation. Past Forecastles have featured prominent organizations, industry leaders, and distinguished speakers, such as Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (Riverkeepers), Rob Caughlan (Surfrider Foundation) and Christopher Childs (Greenpeace International).
Forecastle is co-produced by Knoxville-based AC Entertainment, one of the country’s premiere independent concert promoters, putting on more than 750 concerts throughout the Southeast as well as producing major events such as Bonnaroo, Gentlemen of the Road and Mountain Oasis.
Forecastle is hosted in Louisville, KY, one of the most beautiful and thriving cities in the country. Located within a day’s drive of half the U.S. population, Possibility City is a great place to spend a weekend.
PRAISE AND PRESS
“One of the Coolest Festivals in America” - Rolling Stone
“Rock ‘n’ Roll paradise” – American Songwriter
“Top 101 Things to Do in America” - SPIN
“The Cream of the Crop” - The Discovery Channel
“A Killer Weekend” - Cincinnati Citybeat
“A Fantastic Experience.” – Nashville Scene