Forecastle Festival 2017 - Best Music Festivals in Louisville, Kentucky - Louisville Article
Forecastle Festival 2017: One of the Best Music Festivals in Louisville, Kentucky Follow @nyccitiview
Text: Joey Yazell; Photography: Cody Sprigler
Our much-loved Forecastle Festival, an annual nautical-themed weekend of music, art, and sustainability, kicked off last weekend with some of the best local talent and local food the Derby City has to offer at one of the best music festivals in Louisville, Kentucky.
Forecastle 2017 Lineup
Bands like Twin Limb and Quiet Hollers, who are hot off of the release of their new album Amen Breaks, paired with bourbon slushies and Red Top Hotdogs at local food vendors, all worked to entertain Festival goers from all across the country at one of the best Louisville music festivals of 2017. Everyone in attendance at Forecastle 2017 enjoyed the great views of downtown Louisville and the Ohio River alongside a killer lineup that included some of the best music out there today.
“The food and people watching is something I always look forward to, but most definitely the local artists is something you certainly don’t want to miss,” said Sylvan Ryder, a native Kentuckian who came to Louisville to attend Forecastle from Lexington. “I’ve come to Forecastle for the last three years and I love it! I really enjoy the urban setting of this festival and all the bands they have play. Louisville is a great city and has a lot to offer, and the annual Forecastle Festival is one of those many great things.”
Forecastle Festival 2017 Day One opened up with local artists Twin Limb playing a very intimate set, and ended with LCD Soundsystem rocking the crowds well into the night. Day one also included acts Waka Flocka Flame and Run the Jewels, as well as Cage The Elephant, Chicano Batman, and many others that appealed to all tastes of music. Local vendors Kentucky For Kentucky started off their festival weekend by offering their version of horse racing, where participants came out of the starting gate riding bouncy horses. (Yes, it was hilarious).
Forecastle Festival 2017 Day Two heated up with some great music from local legend Sturgill Simpson, followed by an amazing lineup that ran all the way to a late-night show on the Belle of Louisville with the one and only Preservation Hall Jazz Band. While the music played, festival goers also attended the highly sought out bourbon talks at various tents, as well as the rarities tent where they served rare bourbons from across the great state of Kentucky, educating people on the origins and processes of perfecting such fine spirits.
Forecastle Festival 2017 Day Three displayed an array of talent in the incredible lineup, from Conor Oberst to Tycho, and ended the three-day music show with a very energetic set by longtime favorite Weezer.
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Don’t forget the non-profit purpose of the festival which supports the Forecastle Foundation, which works with other non-profit organizations in Louisville to educate and practice sustainability by sorting through recycling planting trees and other various methods of going “green.”