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Forecastle 2019: All You Need To Know


From Forecastlefest.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Embarking on its 17th year, the Forecastle Festival will return this July 12-14, 2019, including one of the most iconic alt-rock bands of the past decade, The Killers; high-energy folk rockers, The Avett Brothers; and 2019 Grammy-winning hip-hop, funk and soul performers Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals


The three-day celebration of music, art and activism will take place at the award-winning Waterfront Park, a sweeping green space on the banks of the Ohio River framed by the skyline of downtown Louisville, Ky.  

Additional music acts include Portugal. The Man, Maggie Rogers, Tyler Childers, Judah & The Lion, Nelly, Chvrches, Moon Taxi, First Aid Kit, Dawes and many more. A full list of confirmed artists from the 2019 lineup can be found below. 

General Admission, Yacht Club and VIP weekend passes, as well as Bourbon LodgeTM memberships, will be available Wednesday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m. ET via ForecastleFest.com, with a limited quantity starting at $164.50 plus fees. All ticketing options, including affordable layaway plans, starting at only $39 down, can be found at ForecastleFest.com/tickets

VIP weekend passes include a commemorative 2019 Forecastle gift, special entrance lanes into the festival, exclusive Mast and Boom stage viewing areas, air-conditioned lounge in exclusive VIP hang area with bar, restrooms and free massage and styling stations. VIP weekend passes also include Bourbon LodgeTM membership* with commemorative mug, allowing entry into the Bourbon Lodge and Lizard Lounge. 

New to 2019, VIP weekend passes include a Forecastle Urban Bourbon Trail® passport with exclusive offerings, discounts and opportunities at select restaurants and bars of Louisville’s famed Urban Bourbon Trail. VIP weekend passes will also include an Urban Bourbon Trail Starter Kit, complete with a copper flask, cocktail mixology tools and more. 

Following rave reviews, Forecastle will once again offer the Yacht Club ticket option, featuring access to the multi-level Mary M. Miller Steamboat with exclusive bars, restrooms and additional entertainment programmed throughout the festival, a commemorative 2019 Yacht Club gift and special entrance lanes into festival. VIP weekend passes will also include exclusive access to the Mary M. Miller Steamboat, and the commemorative Yacht Club gift. 

Forecastle’s acclaimed Kentucky Bourbon Trail outpost, The Forecastle Bourbon Lodge has grown into a headliner all its own and will return with a full lineup of Bourbon offerings from across the Commonwealth, unrivaled local Bourbon-inspired culinary experiences, exclusive access to rare sips and much more. New to 2019, festival goers can redeem their Bourbon Lodge memberships and pick up a Forecastle Urban Bourbon Trail Passport starting Thursday prior to the festival at the Louisville Visitor Center downtown.

The Gonzo Bar presented by White Clay will also return, offering an artistic bar experience commemorating the legacy of Gonzo journalist and Kentucky Bourbon aficionado Hunter S. Thompson. More information surrounding the the fan-favorite Bourbon Lodge, Gonzo Bar, Kentucky Landing, Harbor Lawn and Party Cove areas; daily tickets; and Bourbon lineups will be announced in the coming months.

Beyond the first-class music and Bourbon lineups, The Forecastle experience presents Louisville’s rich culture by showcasing the city’s burgeoning culinary and arts scene, Kentucky’s unique heritage and more. Sustainability and conservation initiatives are guided by the festival’s 501c3 non-profit organization, the Forecastle Foundation.

For the latest updates on Forecastle Festival, fans can visit ForecastleFest.comFacebookTwitterInstagram, and sign up for the Forecastle newsletter

The Forecastle 2019 lineup includes:


The Killers 

Portugal. The Man

Judah & The Lion

Highly Suspect 






The Midnight

Hop Along

The Band Camino


Liz Cooper & The Stampede

Julia Jacklin



The Artisanals

Spazz Cardigan


Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals

Maggie Rogers

Playboi Carti


Moon Taxi



Big Wild


Chelsea Cutler

Teddy Abrams & Friends

PJ Morton


Penny & Sparrow

Israel Nash

The Marías



The Avett Brothers

Tyler Childers


First Aid Kit

Andrew Bird


Anderson East


Denzel Curry

Mt. Joy



Sunflower Bean

The Ruen Brothers

Carly Johnson


Erin Rae

Evan Giia

Bendigo Fletcher

*Drink tickets not included in Bourbon Lodge membership, must be 21+ to drink alcohol.

**Event is 18+, a valid photo ID will be required for entry.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.