Where: Louisville, KY
When: July 18-20
Why: Held since 2002 in downtown Louisville’s Waterfront Park, Forecastle has grown from a local event to one of the finest fests in the United States, featuring big-time acts such as The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, Smashing Pumpkins, My Morning Jacket and many more, drawing tens of thousands of fans from all over the globe. Forecastle takes its name from a place at the bow of a ship (the front) where the crew go to unwind and have a good time from a day’s work at sea. Louisville rests on the Ohio River, so that’s good enough for us.
In addition to the headlining acts, Forecastle spotlights local artists and promotes environmental activism, featuring artists, speakers and activities to promote outdoors recreation. From a Bourbon Lodge – c’mon, its Kentucky – with local eats and drinks, to late-night sets, Forecastle proves there’s plenty more to Possibility City than The Colonel’s chicken, baseball bats, and well, bourbon.
5 Headliners: Beck, Jack White, Outkast, The Replacements, Spoon, Band of Horses
5 Can’t Miss: Gary Clark, Jr., Dwight Yoakam, Lord Huron, Sun Kil Moon, St. Paul and the Broken Bones