First Wave of 2015 Forecastle Festival Lineup Announced

January 27, 2015

The Forecastle Festival will return this summer led by Louisville hometown heroes My Morning Jacket; soulful breakout star, Sam Smith; southern rock heavyweights, Widespread Panic; and indie veterans, Modest Mouse. The three-day music celebration, now in its 13th year, will take place July 17–19, 2015, at the award-winning Waterfront Park, a sweeping green space on the banks of the Ohio River framed by the skyline of downtown Louisville.  

Hailing from Bowling Green, Kentucky, and New Albany, Indiana, respectively, Cage the Elephant and Houndmouth add to the stellar regional talent atop this year’s Forecastle bill, the former currently working on their follow-up to the Grammy-nominated Melophobia and the latter eyeing a March 17 release of the highly-anticipated Little Neon Limelight via Rough Trade Records.

The family duo of Wilco frontman Jeff and his son Spencer Tweedy will showcase their recent collaboration as TWEEDY, while The Word, featuring pedal steel virtuoso Robert Randolph, B3 maestro John Medeski and the incomparable North Mississippi Allstars will bring the gospel stylings of Soul Food, their first album in 14 years, coming out May 5. Others notable acts include Tallest Man On Earth, Portugal. The Man, RL Grime, First Aid Kit, Desaparecidos, Shovels & Rope, Big K.R.I.T. and more. A full list of confirmed artists from the initial lineup can be found below. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Weekend passes go on sale this Friday, January 30, 2015, at noon EST at ForecastleFest.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. A limited number of weekend passes start at $144.50 plus fees. VIP experiences, travel packages and payment plan options will also be available. Full details can be found at ForecastleFest.com.

The Bourbon Lodge, Forecastle’s slice of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, will return in 2015 with a full lineup of bourbon offerings, bourbon education, a bourbon-inspired culinary experience and much more. Fans of bourbon will have the option to purchase advanced Bourbon Lodge memberships with their weekend pass through Ticketmaster.

Also returning in 2015, The Kentucky Landing will feature a variety of regional craft beers, local food trucks and a selection of non-profit organizations and craft vendors selling Kentucky-made goods.

Highlighted in Rolling Stone as “one of the coolest festivals in America” and acclaimed by American Songwriter as “a rock and roll paradise,” the Forecastle Festival has evolved from a small community event into one of the country’s premier festival destinations. 

The event offers an immersive experience that’s distinctly Louisville—beyond the first-class musical lineup—highlighting the region’s burgeoning culinary and arts scene, Kentucky’s unique bourbon heritage and more. The festival continues to emphasize sustainability practices and conservation initiatives, exhibited by the festival’s non-profit organization, the Forecastle Foundation.

Artist additions, single day tickets and late-night show tickets, along with the daily schedule of artists, late-night events and other activities will be available soon. For the latest news and updates from Forecastle Festival, fans can visit ForecastleFest.com, Facebook and Twitter, and sign up for the Forecastle newsletter.

The initial Forecastle 2015 lineup includes:

Sam Smith

My Morning Jacket

Widespread Panic

Modest Mouse

Cage the Elephant

Houndmouth

TWEEDY

Tallest Man On Earth

Portugal. The Man

RL Grime

First Aid Kit

Desaparecidos

Shovels & Rope

Big K.R.I.T.

The Word

Cold War Kids

The Gaslight Anthem

Sturgill Simpson

St. Paul & the Broken Bones

Cherub

iLoveMakonnen

San Fermin

Kiesza

Over The Rhine

The Lone Bellow

People Under The Stairs

The Barr Brothers

Alvvays

Milo Greene

The SteelDrivers

Field Report

Speedy Ortiz

Son Lux

JEFF The Brotherhood

King Tuff

Noah Gundersen

Twin Peaks

Cathedrals

Fly Golden Eagle

Diarrhea Planet

The Revivalists

Empires

Broncho

White Reaper

Twin Limb

Knox Hamilton

Parker Millsap

 

About AC Entertainment:

AC Entertainment is recognized as one of the foremost independent promoters in the United States. Founded in 1991 by Ashley Capps, the company books, markets and presents over 1,000 events per year. In addition to the Forecastle Festival, AC Entertainment is the force behind internationally renowned events including Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival® and Big Ears. For more information on AC Entertainment, visit ACEntertainment.com.