LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The hot weather didn’t stop thousands of fans from seeing some of the hottest bands Friday on the first day of Forecastle.

Friday afternoon was the start of the three-day musical festival which features more than 70 bands, five stages, tens of thousands of fans and of course unique fashion.

“I’m incredibly excited. We drove like 13 hours,” said Sam Evans, who came from Virginia. “I'm most excited to see Cage the Elephant (and) Run the Jewels. It's going to be pretty hype.”

“It's cool to see people get out of their box and test out the waters of fashion,” festival attendee Ashley Abshear said.

Since the festival runs in the middle of July, the blazing heat is not surprising. Many of the festival-goers came prepared for the elements wearing hats, bandanas, capes and sunglasses.

Festivals like Forecastle are often known for their fashion, and this year brought out some mermaid models, wearing outfits designed by local artists Andrew Wilson.

"We wanted to expand the bounds of our creativity, and this is a great place to do it," Wilson said. "At a festival, you have a lot of new thinkers ... You have so many people that are looking for something new. This is a different crowd. This is a different experience, and so they love to see something like this, and you can't just bust something like this out on a Tuesday!"

And when it comes to staying hydrated, Forecastle has free hydration stations all around Waterfront Park. Organizers urge everyone to bring an empty water bottle so it can be refilled as much as possible.

But if you can't stand the heat, get inside the Bourbon Lounge. For an extra $35, you can get adult beverages and, most importantly, be in an air-conditioned tent.

The food and drink vendors in the Bourbon Lounge and throughout the entire festival are all part of Forecastle’s commitment to sustainability. Organizers said everything they give out including plates, cups and silverware are compostable.

“You'll also find recycling and compost stations," Forecastle spokesperson Holly McKnight. said. "We divert about 80 percent of our waste from the landfill over the weekend."

McKnight credits that type of advocacy and Louisville's art community to Forecastle's growth throughout the years. In fact, about half the people that come to the three-day festival are from out of town.

Some of the top acts Friday night include Run the Jewels, Cage the Elephant, Odesza and Teddy Abrams and Friends.  For a full weekend lineup, click ere.

On Saturday, gates open up at 12:30 p.m. and the music starts playing at 1 p.m. 

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