Forecastle is Today!

As if you could forget, Forecastle starts TODAY! Get onboard and get in gear with all we’ve got in store for you.

If you know anything about Forecastle, you know we love to celebrate all things Louisville. That’s why there’s plenty more to explore at our festival than just the music! No Forecastle experience is complete without a visit (or two…) to the bourbon mecca Bourbon Lodge, featuring culinary surprises, speciality drinks, and festival perks that are unrivaled, including celebrity bartending and more!

And you’ll of course have to stop by this year’s all-new Kentucky Landing, our Forecastle homage to the glorious Bluegrass State. On hand will be a variety of craft beer breweries pouring samples of their Kentucky-based creations, local food trucks from all over region, and a world-class select group of non-profit organizations and craft vendors selling their Kentucky-made goods, and the API Poster Show, showcasing the work of some of today’s most relevant poster makers, whose clients include some of Forecastle’s biggest headlining bands from past and present.

There’s also plenty of surprises to explore all over the site, including the Four Loko Photo Finish, a one-of-a-kind horse race where you’re the steed! Strap on the provided inflatable horse and race against other worthy patrons for all sorts of prizes including VIP weekend passes and accommodations for Forecastle 2015! Full rules and participation details available here.

We all need time to recharge and you don’t have to leave the Waterfront to do it! On site we’ll have everything you need to kick back and relax, from free Eco Vessel Hydration Stations (with limited edition Forecastle-branded bottles!) to Eno Hammock lounge areas, from the Complimentary Bike Valet presented by Mailchimp to the Pluggo Mobile Charging Stations and more! Get the lowdown here.

If you think the Forecastle fun ends before midnight, you’ve got another thing comin’! This year, we’ve got a host of late-night shows for everyone’s taste and preference to keep the party going. On Friday night we’ve got soulful crooners St. Paul and the Broken Bones with special guest Curtis Harding at Headliners Music Hall and bass thumper MiM0SA with special guest Strooly taking the Belle of Louisville by storm!

Saturday welcomes the Bluegrass Situation and Americana Music Association Late-Night Hang Featuring The 23 String Band, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Humming House, and Matrimony to Headliners Music Hall, where each band will perform a Kentucky-inspired track and there’ll also be a collaborative jam at the end between all acts! Forecastle vets Moon Taxi with special guest Chancellor Warhol will also take the Saturday stage at the Mercury Ballroom.

Forecastle music ends at 11pm every night, while the late-night shows all begin at midnight, so you’ll have plenty of time to make your way over! Travel quickly and safely with Uber, the mobile app that connects you to your own private driver at the click of a button. Sign up with the code FORECASTLE and get $30 off your first ride!

Finally, be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and download the app to stay up-to-date on all this latest and greatest Forecastle news this weekend! We want to share your Forecastle experiences with everyone! Tag your photos #Forecastle and #GetOnboard, and you just might catch us sharin’ them with the world!

All aboard … we’ll see you soon!

Hitch a Ride to Forecastle with Uber

Need a ride to the Waterfront or a late-night show? Try Uber! Uber is a mobile app that connects you to your own private driver at the click of a button. Open the app, request a car and it will be curbside within minutes. All rides are billed directly to your credit card – there’s no need to carry cash and it’s 20% cheaper than a taxi. Sign up with the code FORECASTLE and get $30 off your first ride!

Download the Mobile App Today!

Just in time for Forecastle, we’ve got your 2014 app locked and loaded! Currently including full schedule details, artist information and the 2014 interactive map, there’s more to come including Chart Your Course, so download now for your fully immersive Forecastle experience, available on iPhone and Android phones! Once downloaded, be sure to sync your schedule from the Forecastle website or your Facebook to load your personal schedule into the app!

Official Schedule of Bourbon Lodge Events

Excited to release the official schedule of events for the Bourbon Lodge Fireside Chats, presented by Liquor Barn! Learn about the history, production and purchasing process, engage with Master Distillers Mark Coffman (Town Branch) and Willie Pratt (Michter’s American Whiskey Co.) & so much more! Check it out here and plan your weekend at the Lodge!

Official Forecastle Kick-Off Party at Against the Grain

Forecastle and craft beer kings Against the Grain Brewery will be hosting the official Forecastle Kick-Off Party to start your weekend off right! Stop by for local eats, treats, and drinks, plus all GA & VIP weekend pass holders can pick up your wristbands in advance from 5pm to 7pm! We’ll also have a live music from Louisville favorites Second Story Man with The Debauchees starting at 7pm on the patio. RSVP now and join us for a heckuva good time!

Final Late-Night Show On Sale Now!

Comin’ at ya! Specially curated by the folks behind many of music’s biggest collaborations, the Bluegrass Situation and Americana Music Association present the Bluegrass Situation and Americana Music Association Late-Night Hang featuring 23 String Band, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, and Matrimony plus Special Guests! Happening Saturday night 7/19 at Headliners Music Hall, this collaboration isn’t one you’ll want to miss!

Click here to purchase your tickets to this special event and secure your spot!

And, don’t forget our other late-night shows with St. Paul and the Broken Bones with special guest Curtis Harding, MiM0SA, and Moon Taxi with special guest Chancellor Warhol are also on sale now! Get the scoop here.

Final Late-Night Show Announced!

Comin’ at ya! A very special curated late-night show to make your Forecastle experience complete!

The Americana Music Association is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year including the annual Americana Music Festival and Conference, Presented by Nissan, and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program.

Co-founded by actor and comedian Ed Helms, the Bluegrass Situation is the online hub for roots music, culture and lifestyle. Covering genres ranging from Americana, bluegrass, folk rock, old-time, and beyond, “The Sitch” is representative of a broader community: one that respects a rich and varied history yet looks ahead for ways to innovate its traditions; an audience curating their surroundings and interests as carefully as their musical tastes. In addition to their active online community, The Bluegrass Situation hosts a number of events nationwide, from one-of-a-kind jams in Los Angeles, Nashville and New York, to stages at major music festivals like Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Fest, and more.

Together, their curatorial knowledge and prowess is unrivaled, which is why we’re proud to announce the Bluegrass Situation and Americana Music Association Late-Night Hang featuring The 23 String Band, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, and Matrimony plus Special Guests!

While this show doesn’t officially go on sale until Friday at noon ET, purchase your weekend pass or daily ticket before midnight tonight for an exclusive late-night presale! Get yours!

Ben & Jerry’s: The Official Ice Cream of Forecastle!

Ready for some refreshing ice cream under the Louisville summer sun? Ben and Jerry’s are the official ice cream of Forecastle 2014 and will be dishing out free treats in the VIP areas as well as offering sweetness at multiple locations throughout the festival grounds! There’s still time to go VIP with a weekend pass or even a Friday or Sunday daily ticket. Snag yours!

Tune In To Forecastle Radio!

Can’t get enough of Forecastle? Neither can we! With our new Forecastle Radio, you can pop on some tunes and listen away while you work, play, and go about your day! Have a listen here in anticipation of our magical weekend on the Waterfront!