The Forecastle Festival Announces Lineup to Include Beck, Ray Lamontagne, Nickel Creek, and more

It's getting to be that time of year. You know what we're talking about...Festival Season! Here's one with a nice mix of really great acoustic, hip-hop, rock acts, and more. Something for everyone you might say!

The Forecastle Festival returns this summer led by hip hop royalty, Outkast; 21st-century rocker Jack White and alt-rock renaissance man, Beck.

The three-day music celebration, now in its 12th year, will take place July 18-20, 2014, at the award-winning Waterfront Park, a sweeping green space on the banks of the Ohio River, framed by the skyline of downtown Louisville.

The Replacements, Ray Lamontagne, Band of Horses, Spoon, Nickel Creek, Dwight Yoakam, Twenty One Pilots, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Local Natives and Gary Clark Jr., plus more than 40 others round out the lineup.

Louisville-based post-rock outfit, Slint, will also reunite for their first hometown show in nearly 10 years. A full list of confirmed acts can be found below.

A limited number of weekend passes go on sale this Friday, March 7 at noon EST at, and all Ticketmaster outlets. Weekend passes start at $144.50 plus applicable service fees. VIP experiences, travel packages and payment-plan options will also be available. Full details are available at

The Bourbon Lodge, Forecastle's slice of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, will return in 2014 with a full lineup of bourbon offerings, bourbon education, a bourbon-inspired culinary experience and much more. Fans of bourbon will have the option to purchase advanced Bourbon Lodge memberships with their weekend pass through Ticketmaster.

A full list of activities will be announced soon, including the Kentucky Landing, a new feature which will offer a variety of craft beer breweries, local food trucks and a selection of non-profit organizations and craft vendors selling Kentucky-made goods.

Highlighted in Rolling Stone as "one of the coolest festivals in America," and acclaimed by American Songwriter as "a rock and roll paradise," the Forecastle Festival has evolved from a small community event into one of the country's premier festival destinations.

The event offers an immersive experience that's distinctly Louisville -- beyond the first-class musical lineup -- highlighting the region's burgeoning culinary and arts scene, Kentucky's unique bourbon heritage and more. The festival continues to emphasize sustainability practices and conservation initiatives, exhibited by the festival's non-profit organization, the Forecastle Foundation.

Single day passes and late-night show tickets, along with the daily schedule of artists and late-night events will be available soon. For more information on Forecastle, visit

The confirmed Forecastle 2014 lineup includes:

  • Outkast
  • Jack White
  • Beck
  • The Replacements
  • Ray Lamontagne
  • Band of Horses
  • Spoon
  • Nickel Creek
  • Dwight Yoakam
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
  • Local Natives
  • Gary Clark Jr.
  • Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
  • Jenny Lewis
  • Trampled By Turtles
  • Lord Huron
  • Tune-Yards
  • JJ Grey & Mofro
  • Action Bronson
  • Slint
  • Flume
  • Against Me!
  • Sun Kil Moon
  • Sharon Van Etten
  • The Black Lips
  • St. Lucia
  • Brett Dennen
  • Tourist
  • Lucius
  • Nightmares On Wax (live)
  • Charli XCX
  • Claude VonStroke
  • Spanish Gold
  • Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
  • The Soul Rebels
  • Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks
  • Reignwolf
  • Waxahatchee
  • Chrome Sparks
  • Hayes Carll
  • Willie Watson
  • Foy Vance
  • Hurray For the Riff Raff
  • The Districts
  • Benjamin Booker
  • Johnnyswim
  • Leagues
  • Old Baby
  • Blue Sky Black Death
  • Matrimony
  • Mount Moriah
  • Seluah
  • The Weeks
  • JaLin Roze
  • Young & Sick
  • Jill Andrews
  • The Wans
  • Goodbye June

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Acoustic Nation

Acoustic Nation is written by Laura B. Whitmore, a music industry marketing veteran, music journalist and editor, who has contributed to, Guitar World, and others. She has interviewed hundreds of musicians and hosts the She Rocks Podcast. As the founder of the Women’s International Music Network, she advocates for women in the music industry and produces the annual She Rocks Awards. She is the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Positive Grid, making the world safe for guitar exploration everywhere! A guitarist and singer/songwriter, Laura is currently co-writing an album of pop songs that empower and energize girls.