Forecastle X Sets Sail with Monster Lineup

His band having just been announced as the festival headliners, the Louisville-native and decadently-bearded My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James joked of the this summer’s 10th annual Forecastle Music Festival a few weeks back that the theme would be, “Christmas in July”. And yet Christmas came even earlier than promised, on ‘Leap Day’ to be precise, with the full festival lineup dropping this morning and possibly delivering even more sonic-madness that we ever dared dream. expected to bring 30,000 patrons to Waterfront Park over a three-day tour-de-jams (July 13-15), it turns out the real theme of Forecastle X is ‘good music, and only good music’.

A ridiculously diverse lineup, boasting 70+ bands across five stages, My Morning Jacket (and all of us by extension) will find themselves jamming alongside some scary-good company. Whether it be the alt-folk-americana sounds of veteran acts like Wilco, Andrew and Neko Case, or perhaps the bevy of skinny-jean-sporting indie-darlings, including Beech House, Real Estate and Washed Out, Forecastle X has more than enough to keep your eardrums reeling. But throw in the skull-reverberating tunes of BassNectar, Girl Talk and Sleigh Bells, alongside Kentucky favorites Ben Sollee and Wax Fang? Well that’s not even fair.

What follows is the full lineup as it stands, with even more artists as well as various art and sustainability festivities to be announced in the coming days:

My Morning Jacket
Girl Talk
Andrew Bird
Sleigh Bells
Neko Case
Flying Lotus
Beach House
The Head and the Heart
Stax! Soul Revue
Dr. Dog
Deer Tick
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
Beats Antique
Real Estate
Justin Townes Earle
Washed Out
Walk The Moon
Dean Wareham Plays Galaxie 500
Wye Oak
Atlas Sound
Fruit Bats
Ben Sollee
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo
JEFF the Brotherhood
The Features
Mike Doughty
Zion I
Sleeper Agent
Floating Action
Wick-It The Instigator
James Vincent McMorrow
Wax Fang
Daniel Martin Moore
King’s Daughters & Sons
Cheyenne Marie Mize
The Ravenna Colt
Rachel Grimes
Nerves Junior
Scarlet Smile
Lydia Burrell

I know, right?

Three-day weekend and VIP passes are already on sale, with the first round of single-day passes (starting with a very limited quantity specially priced at just under $50) opening up this friday. Full ticketing information can be found online via Forecastle’s website, as well as in person at the local vendor WHY Louisville.

The latest in the ongoing efforts of the Forecastle Foundation, festival organizers have also announced today that $0.50 of each ticket sold will go towards supporting local education and international environmental conservation.

Only the second collaboration between Forecastle architect JK McKnight and AC Entertainment (after last summer’s ‘Halfway to Forecastle), this is a partnership that keeps on giving. Stay tuned to for much more coverage as what just might be the greatest musical event in Derby City history looms ever closer.

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