We’re on the verge of one of the sickest music festivals in North America, and this year is shaping up to be better than ever. The lineup is already brilliant as is, but there’s much more to Forecastle than who’s going to be singing. With this much awesome about to be shoved into one weekend, you have to know how to prepare. This is your ultimate guide on how to do Forecastle the way it was intended…
Underrated Artists You Have To Check Out
So, let’s face it, everyone knows the bigger names coming to Forecastle this year. Yeah, you’re going to check them out. Instead of wandering around for the first few hours every day, these artists will provide you with plenty of entertainment, and just might become one of your new favorites while they’re at it.
If you love Indie with a little bit of soul, then you have to check out The Districts. They may not make the headlines that everyone else does, but they’re certainly going to be making waves after grabbing a later spot on the Port Stage. Featuring everything from cutting riffs to smooth acoustics, they have a little bit of something to appeal to everyone, plus they have plenty of albums out already, so you can binge yourself on new music after you fall in love with them. You can catch The Districts at 6:45 P.M. on the Port Stage.
Experimenting with music can either pay off big time or fail miserably, but Mimosa has earned a loyal following for going out of his way to mix two styles. Performing what some have coined as “Future Trill,” he’s already gained some fame through his performance at Bonnaroo two years ago. The futuristic synth beats mixed with hip hop elements may come off as strange at first, but will soon become addicting after the first song. Gotta love that bass. You can catch him at 3:00 P.M. on the Ocean Stage.
Boy & Bear:
One of the more popular, but still underrated, artists that you have to take the time to check out is Boy & Bear. After their award-winning success with their debut LP, Boy & Bear has been hard at work to keep up with their fan’s craving for their addictive harmonies and catchy, upbeat beats. They may not be one of the headliners this year, but something tells us that it won’t be long until they’ll have prime time on main stages everywhere. See them at 2:45 P.M. on the Boom Stage.
Hailing from Sweden, Kygo is one of those artists that has done plenty of behind the scenes work with many of your favorite artists, but you may have had no idea that it was him. He’s done something with everyone from Ellie Goulding to Passenger. His many transient vibes will take you to a different place, and is one you definitely can’t miss if you’re a fan of classic electronic music. Damn, can this dude play the synth. You can catch him at 6:30 P.M. on the Ocean Stage.
Southern Rock gets a breath of fresh air with The Weeks. Their lyrics have deep roots in southern ground, and is perfectly paired with Allman Brother-esque guitar riffs. Their song “Brother in the Night” is definitely a fan-favorite, and one that you’ll be singing weeks from now after you catch it live. Southern rock may be taking a new direction, but it’s more alive than ever. You can catch them at 2:00 P.M. on the Boom Stage.
Few artists at Forecastle will be able to control the crowd’s energy quite like Flume. Like a puppet-master, he toys with your mind with his impressive progressions of synth-filled songs. He’ll bring you to new highs and pull you right back down in a matter of minutes, but all the emotions are part of the full experience. The power of the right song never ceases to amaze us. He’ll be taking the stage at 8:45 P.M. on the Ocean Stage.
What To Do When You’re Not Raging In The Crowd
Want to learn a little bit about Kentucky’s heritage or all the things you can do with our beautiful bourbon? There’s a little bit of both to be found if you know where to look. Oh, and you can race around in an inflatable horse, if that’s your scene…
The Bourbon Lodge
Nothing screams “Kentucky” more than our beloved bourbon. With the Bourbon Lodge, you get a chance to experience everything from learning how to cook with bourbon to listening in on the distilling process, and finding out how long it takes to make some of your favorites. Too bad they didn’t have classes on this stuff back in college. Bourbon, you’re just too good.
New to Forecastle this year, Kentucky Landing is the perfect place to relax for a bit, and take a breather in between your favorite acts. Offering everything from Kentucky’s best craft beers to food trucks of all types, you’re going to be ready for more sweaty crowd-surfing after sitting on the grass under the shade of a tree. Not only that, but you’ll also be able to grab some Kentucky crafts while you’re over there. We sure do love our Old Kentucky Home.
Four Loko’s Photo Finish
Ever have the urge to run around with a giant inflatable horse around you? No? Us either. The good news is that you don’t just have to run around looking like an asshat for no real reason. If you win a race against the other goobers in their inflatables, you’ll be entered to win a prize package to get to go to Forecastle next year, complete with hotel and other goodies. It’s definitely worth looking like an idiot for a few seconds.
Forecastle keeps raising the bar year after year, and the acts will only continue getting better as time goes on. This weekend you’ll have the chance to listen to some of the best music that the country has to offer, learn quite a bit about the state’s bourbon heritage, and run around in an inflatable horse… yeah, Forecastle is about to be epic. We can’t wait to see you there.