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Louisville's Forecastle Festival setting up for biggest weekend in history

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville's annual Forecastle Festival is preparing for its biggest weekend yet.

Crews are working around the clock to make sure the festival is ready to go by Friday afternoon.

Forecastle is expecting record breaking crowds this weekend, with more than 65,000 attending the event.

"We work for over a week to transform Waterfront Park into Forecastle, and so by the time we open gates on Friday, you will see a totally different Waterfront Park than what you are used to," said Holly McKnight, the Forecastle Festival's media relations representative.

This transformation takes place every summer in Louisville for a festival that has become a household name.

"Forecastle Festival is three days of music, art and environmental activism. Over 60 bands perform across four stages. But what we really try to do here is create that Louisville, Ky., feel inside the gates and create a whole experience for people," McKnight said.

"It started in 2002 at Tyler Park and over the years has grown as an event that hosted a few hundred people to hosting over 60,000 over the weekend."

The main stage, called the Mast Stage, is located on the North Great Lawn.

"The main stage is going to have acts like Alabama Shakes, the Avett Brothers, Death Cab for Cutie and Ryan Adams all weekend long, and you'll see a number of acts throughout all the stages here at Forecastle," McKnight said.

In addition to the music, dancing, disco balls and live art will be featured in a shaded area called Party Cove.

A bourbon lounge will offer bourbon tastings to guests, and there will also be food trucks galore.

This "total" experience is what keeps people coming back, year after year.

"I think Forecastle is really authentic, and I think people feel that when they are here," McKnight said. "I've had media guests, artists even tell me that Forecastle is one of their favorite festivals of the year out of all the festivals they attend, work and play, because it feels like a backyard barbecue with 60,000 of your closest friends."

And Forecastle doesn't target just one audience. Organizers make it their mission to attract all walks of life.

"Forecastle is extremely laid back," McKnight said. "It's definitely a no-judgment zone. So people feel really free to just be themselves here and have a good time."

Tickets are still available here. They start at $69.50.

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