Get ready to set sail. Iconic acoustic rocker Jack Johnson, 2020 Grammy-winning Kentucky natives Cage The Elephant and pop-rock sensation The 1975 will headline The 2020 Forecastle Festival. The three-day outdoor music fest will be held July 17-19 at Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville.
Louisville loves its homegrown music festival and so do tens of thousands of music fans across the country.
Rolling Stone calls AC Entertainment’s Forecastle Festival “a mid-sized city fest done right, with a cross-genre slate of national rock, hip-hop and Americana acts, a lovely waterfront setting, a user-friendly layout, and an emphasis on the unpretentious Ohio River city’s dual traditions of bourbon, of course, and indie music that punches above its weight.”
Additional music acts for this summer’s three-day festival include Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Grace Potter, Louisville native and rapper Jack Harlow,Third Eye Blind, Umphrey’s McGee and many more. A full list of confirmed artists from the 2020 lineup can be found below.
Before you go, here’s everything you need to know about the 2020 Forecastle Festival, from tickets to new features and more.
How do I get tickets to Forecastle Festival?
Tickets go on sale for the 2020 Forecastle Festival on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at noon at forecastlefest.com/tickets.
How much are tickets to Forecastle Festival?
General Admission, Yacht Club and VIP 3-day tickets will be available Wednesday, Feb. 12 at ForecastleFest.com, with a limited quantity starting at $135. For the first time ever, Forecastle will offer a limited number of 3-day General Admission student tickets for only $135 while supplies last.
Don’t care to pay it all at one time? No problem, all ticketing options include affordable layaway plans starting at only $20 down.
What’s new at the 2020 Forecastle Festival?
Founded in 2002 by Louisville native JK McKnight, The Forecastle Festival has grown from a small community event first held in Tyler Park to one of the nation’s biggest summer festivals with more than 75,000 music fans attending each summer.
Nominated as Pollstar’s Music Festival of the Year for 2019, the summer event rocks Waterfront Park on the banks of the Ohio River not only with stellar music but also with experiences which embody Louisville’s rich culture by showcasing the city’s culinary and arts scene and of course, Kentucky bourbon.
You won’t need a special ticket to enjoy the bourbon experience in 2020. If you are 21 and over, the free Bourbon Experience is held in a shaded area with relaxing lounge areas and seating, intimate workshops, interactive experiences and direct access to bourbon distillers and ambassadors.
New to 2020, the 3-day VIP tickets include access to a misting lounge complete with private bar, a specialty cocktail bar featuring frozen beverages and specialty drinks, a VIP craft bar, daily happy hours curated by Bourbon & Biscuits with complimentary tapas and cooking demonstrations, and a designated VIP festival merch pop-up store.
A step up from general admission, Forecastle will once again offer its Yacht Club ticket option. This ticket features priority entrance lanes into the festival, access to the Boathouse for an air-conditioned getaway, dedicated bars, a misting lounge and more.
Show Waterfront Park some love
Fans can support the home of The Forecastle Festival when you purchase your 2020 Forecastle tickets. Your donation means you’re playing an important role in protecting Waterfront Park, the 85-acre green space adjacent to the downtown area of Louisville, and the Ohio River, for many years to come.
Sustainability and conservation initiatives are guided by the festival’s 501c3 non-profit organization, The Forecastle Foundation.
Attracting over 75,000 attendees annually, the Forecastle Festival has featured alumni like Outkast, Jack White, The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket and The Flaming Lips.
For the latest updates on Forecastle Festival, visit ForecastleFest.com, follow it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and sign up for the Forecastle newsletter.
The Forecastle Festival 2020 lineup:
Friday, July 17
- Jack Johnson
- Tash Sultana
- Umphrey’s McGee
- Grace Potter
- Jon Bellion
- Lil Tecca
- Soccer Mommy
- Yung Gravy
- Durand Jones & The Indications
- Low Cut Connie
- Cass McCombs
- Jade Jackson
- Johnny Conqueroo
Saturday, July 18
- Cage The Elephant
- Rainbow Kitten Surprise
- Jack Harlow
- Third Eye Blind
- Manchester Orchestra
- Allen Stone
- Julien Baker
- Nahko & Medicine For the People
- Kota the Friend
- The Dip
- Ian Noe
- Taylor Janzen
- Josie Dunne
Sunday, July 19
- The 1975
- Carly Rae Jepsen
- YBN Cordae
- Parquet Courts
- Trevor Daniel
- Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
- (Sandy) Alex G
- Andy Shauf
- Caroline Rose
- Ben Sollee’s Kentucky, USA Radio Hour
- Illiterate Light
- Dreamer Boy
- The Wooks
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