LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thousands of fans are descending on Waterfront Park for Forecastle, and organizers are taking steps to make sure everyone stays safe with scorching temperatures in the forecast. 

It was already hot Friday morning, and it's only going to get worse through the weekend. Crews spent the morning setting up, just hours before thousands of fans flood into the park for the opening acts.

Those crews will spend the entire weekend working in high temperatures.

Forecastle is taking precautions to keep everyone safe in the heat: there are several shaded areas set up around the festival as well as shady areas under trees and the interstate overpass.

The festival also provides free water fill-up stations.

Lauren Hendricks with the Forecastle Foundation says they will also be selling items to help keep people cool -- with the proceeds going to a good cause.

“Because it is so hot, we the last few years have been doing ice dipped bandanas," Hendricks said. "It’s great for wiping off sweat and and staying cool and it all benefits the Forecastle Foundation.”

The gates opened at 2 p.m., followed by the first performance of the day shortly after.

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