LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Forecastle 2015 is finally here and a strong lineup promises to rock the waterfront this year from Friday to Sunday, capped off with a My Morning Jacket performance that's scheduled to be two and a half hours long Saturday night.
Don't forget to sample the whole festival with our Forecastle 2015 playlist here, or in the player on this page.
There are some restrictions on what you can bring, so just bring a small backpack or purse and fill it with the Forecastle essentials:
Getting to and from Waterfront Park can be a difficult endeavor, especially on Friday evening during rush hour. But the good news about downtown Louisville is there are a lot of options. Here's a guide to getting to and from the event courtesy of Forecastle.
Food and drinks
Forecastle isn't just about the music, it's about the arts, culture and, of course, food. So count on bringing some cash (or hitting the ATM) to get your fill of food and drinks while you're there. Festival-goers in the past have said the food trucks can get crowded and take a while. Here's a quick rundown of the food venues:
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Dalton's don't-miss picks
Friday: The first day's lineup is jam-packed and is probably going to give Saturday a run for its money in terms of attendance. Propped up by chart-topping megastar Sam Smith's headlining show, Friday offers the most bands people will be familiar with. Local stars Houndmouth and Cage the Elephant will precede Smith and pack in the after work crowd, but my ears would be on St. Paul and The Broken Bones. The Motown big-band rockers can bring a soul-packed performance that will give you goosebumps. There’s just something about a swinging horn section backing a powerful lead vocal that lends itself to live shows in a big way.
Saturday: We’re all going Saturday to see My Morning Jacket put on a larger than life show for their hometown, but, if you don’t mind forgoing the perfect spot for MMJ, there’s two bands you should check out ahead of them. Shovels and Rope are no strangers to Louisville so you may have seen them before, but the twangy married couple brings a chemistry to stage we’ve been missing since the Civil Wars ended – plus they can throw down some hard-stompin’ jams. Switch gears abruptly after them and catch Cherub right before MMJ. The electronic-infused, attitude-filled duo will get you rocking with jams like ‘Do I’ and ‘Doses and Mimosas.’
Sunday: Widespread Panic will anchor the final night of the festival, but my pick is The Lone Bellow. They’ve hit Louisville regularly and for good reason. They’ve got everything from a big sound to wailing vocals -- they're a modern rock back with folksy/country roots. Let’s not forget that we’re going to a music festival to worship live performances at their best – particularly if you’re out on Sunday to see Widespread Panic. The Lone Bellow will get you suitably warmed up for a Sunday night jam session with the Panic.
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