Friday tier 1 daily tickets: now sold out!

Don’t say we didn’t warn ya: general admission Friday tickets at $74.50 are now sold out! Friday daily tickets are now available for $84.50, still a great deal for all the music you’ll catch on the first day of Forecastle! Snag yours here.

Hydration Stations are Back!

We’re excited to announce FREE fill-ups are back! Two conveniently located Eco Vessel Hydration Stations will provide fresh, filtered water on site to all patrons, free of charge. Just bring an empty, refillable bottle of your own or snag a limited edition Forecastle Festival Eco Vessel bottle at the merch stand. It’s going to be warm out there, so stay hydrated!

First Round of Late-Night Shows: Announced!

Here it is, folks, your first round of official Forecastle late-night shows!

Join us in welcoming soulful band St. Paul and the Broken Bones featuring special guest Curtis Harding to Headliners Music Hall on Friday, July 18. Grit, elemental rhythm, tight-as-a-drumhead playing, and a profound depth of feeling: these are the promises of a great soul band. And St. Paul & The Broken Bones deliver on those promises. Produced by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes, and recorded and mixed in the storied R&B mecca of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, their debut album Half the City harkens back to the region’s classic soul roots while extending the form with electrifying potency.

Also on Friday night, you’ll have the chance to experience booming bass master MiM0SAFriday night 7/18 on the Belle of Louisville! MiM0SA’s music has been explained by others as a genre of it’s own and self-described as Future Trill. His combination of hip-hop beats with futuristic electronic music is a unique blend that has been selling out venues in North America for years. The Los Angeles-based artist is known for his electrifying live show production. His live performances have definitely earned him critical acclaim, with SPIN naming him as one of the “Top 10 Acts at Bonnaroo of 2012.” 2014 will see a follow up album, aptly titled, Future Trill V.2.

Keep in mind these are just the first of our late-night announcements so stay tuned for even more! Click here for the most up-to-date details on all late-night shows, including those announced today!

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

First Round of Late-Night Shows: Coming Next Week!

Y’all have waited long enough … who’s ready for the -first- round of late-night show announces?! Stay tuned next week for what we’ve got in store … but while you wait not-so patiently, enjoy a sneak peak video below to hold you over!

Back By Popular Demand: VIP Weekend Passes

A very limited number of VIP weekend passes are available now! Act quickly — they won’t last long. Don’t miss you chance to experience 3 days of Forecastle in true VIP fashion!

If you have already chosen to go VIP or plan to do so — good news! We’ve partnered with Maker’s Mark and Jim Beam to offer VIP and travel package patrons a free tour of both facilities during your weekend at Forecastle. Check out some of our favorite bourbons and the secrets behind the drinks!

Reservations are not mandatory, but highly encouraged. Please call Maker’s Mark at 270-865-7235 to reserve your spot. To visit Jim Beam, please visit here, click on “Tours and Reservations,” and at check out enter promo code FORECASTLE. Upon arrival, you will also need to show your VIP wristband or printed Travel Package Ticketmaster confirmation to enjoy your complimentary experience.

Explore the Maker’s Mark and Jim Beam tours, and we’ll see ya real soon!

Red Bull Sound Select Presents Road to Forecastle

Who’s ready for the Road to Forecastle?! Red Bull Sound Select is presenting shows with Vintage Trouble in Louisville, J. Roddy Walston & the Business in Indianapolis, and Phosphorescent in Cincinnati curated by The Forecastle Festival! You can RSVP in advance for the June shows and save some cash, or purchase tickets at the door! Check out the shows and reserve your spot now!

The Forecastle NoiseTrade Mixtape

Friends and fans! We’re pleased to announce the Forecastle Mixtape, an all-new handpicked mix of music from some of your favorite 2014 artists! The mixtape is available to download for free courtesy of our friends at NoiseTrade, while voluntary donations will benefit the work of The Forecastle Foundation. Get yours and “share” to help us spread the tunes! Artists on the Mixtape include Local Natives, Trampled by Turtles, Flume, Sun Kil Moon, The Black Lips, and many more!

Bourbon Lodge Memberships: On Sale Now!

Ready, set, bourbon! We’re pleased to announce that due to popular demand, we’re opening Bourbon Lodge memberships back up for purchase! Secure your membership for only $20 while supplies last, and make sure you don’t miss your chance to secure one of the best mugs in bourbon country and all the privileges that come along with it. You can purchase the membership individually or add it on to a weekend pass or daily ticket – the choice is yours! Cheers to that!

The Bourbon Lodge is Back!

Bottoms up! We’re bringing back our Kentucky Bourbon Trail outpost, The Bourbon Lodge, with a unique lineup of bourbon offerings, education and a new charitable partnership called Bourbon Cares. We’ll  also give nod to Louisville native Hunter S. Thompson with a new, Gonzo-inspired bourbon bar.

The Lodge will feature a diverse collection of Kentucky bourbon brands uniting to offer dozens of Bourbon selections, including those from Maker’s Mark, Heaven Hill, Woodford Reserve, Michter’s, Four Roses, Town Branch, Wild Turkey, Jim Beam and more.

New this year, we’re  introducing the Bourbon Cares program, a unique partnership between several bourbon brands and Forecastle bands, featuring special single-barrel selections, available only in the Forecastle Bourbon Lodge. Members of Spoon will hand-select a barrel from Four Roses Bourbon, JJ Grey & Mofro from Heaven Hill and Spanish Gold from Woodford Reserve.

Patrick Hallahan from Spanish Gold and members of the Spoon will also participate in special celebrity mixology sessions where fans can have a drink crafted from the artist-select bourbons, prepared by members of the bands. Proceeds from Bourbon Cares will benefit The Forecastle Foundation.

Featured in USA Today, Martha Stewart Living, and Fox News, Adam Burress and Chase Mucerino have created local hot spots including award-winning barbecue at Hammerheads, wild game burgers at Game and their newest rotisserie-focused creation, Loop 22. They’ll bring their culinary expertise to an exclusive, pop-up restaurant in the Forecastle Bourbon Lodge.

We’re  also debuting a new bar commemorating the legacy of Gonzo journalist and Kentucky bourbon aficionado, Hunter S. Thompson, whose posthumous 77th birthday would have fallen on the first day of Forecastle. The Gonzo Bar, a Hunter-themed bourbon bar presented by White Clay Consulting, will offer a variety of bourbons and specialty cocktails inspired by the iconic writer.

Bourbon Lodge activities will also include Fireside Chats, presented by Liquor Barn, offering an intimate, living-room setting for bourbon education. Festival-goers will have the chance to chat with master distillers and bourbon experts on everything from the spirit’s unique Kentucky history and attributes, to the distillation process and more.

Experienced and novice bourbon drinkers will find a unique and varied selection of bourbons to be served neat or on the rocks, synthesizing a true distillery tasting experience. The Bourbon Lodge will also feature a mixology bar, presented by Liquor Barn, with cocktail creations ranging from Old Fashioned and Manhattan to Mint Julep and more.

With 95 percent of the world’s bourbon produced in the state of Kentucky, we continue to focus on what makes bourbon so special, and of course, so delicious. The goal is to offer it in a way that bourbon drinkers would enjoy, as well as guests who are new to the spirit, perhaps picking up a few new fans over the course of the weekend.

Wall Street Journal best-selling author Fred Minnick hailed Forecastle Festival as “bourbon’s most important festival for new consumers,” in 2013, creating “future connoisseurs.”

Full Bourbon Lodge details including pricing, membership and more, can be found here.

The Bourbon Lodge began as a small feature in 2012 to bring the community’s love for bourbon and Kentucky’s rich bourbon history into the festival and share it with visitors in a way that was experiential, educational and fun. Now known as the festivals’ “fourth headliner,” the lodge includes more than 9,000 square feet of bourbon-focused activities in partnership with the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.