5 Reasons Why Forecastle is Our Favorite Festival

July 22, 2014 | By | Comments (8)


If you haven’t heard of Louisville, Kentucky’s Forecastle music festival, you’re missing out on one of the best festivals not just in the South, but in the country, and a weekend in one heckuva city too.

From Outkast’s opening show to the final night with Beck (and all the bourbon breaks in between), it was a tall order to take it all in, so we’ve paired up with longtime Savannah Morning News columnist and editor of Savannah Unplugged Bill Dawers to relive the magic. Check out what we saw, and go to Bill’s blog hissing lawns for more Forecastle photos.

Reason One: Where else are you going to drink small batch bourbon and dance to Outkast?


We found out that “Ms. Jackson” and Four Roses Single Barrel is a winning combination after a visit to Forecastle’s genius Bourbon Lodge filled with some of Kentucky’s best distillers like Maker’s Mark and Michter’s.

2. It’s about the music. Especially from The South.

Hurray for the Riff Raff from New Orleans, Louisiana, Mississippi’s The Weeks, and Louisville’s Jalin Roze were only a few of the bands with Southern roots that played this past weekend, which makes Forecastle one of the best places to pick up what we’re laying down.

JalinRozePreview-1 TheWeeks-1

3. Louisville is one of our favorite Southern cities.

Although some of its residents might argue on whether it’s geographically Southern or Midwestern, we can’t help but claim it. Especially when it comes to restaurants. Check out Rye, Please and Thank You, Taco Luchadore, and Hammerheads BBQ and you’ll see what we’re talking about.


4. One word. Puppets. Okay, maybe more than puppets.

Art is a big part of Forecastle, from prints to giant puppets. Our favorite was enormous marionette-like Hunter S. Thompson, made in honor of a man who was a big fan of Kentucky bourbon.


5. There are guaranteed once-in-a-lifetime moments.

We saw The Replacements play with Billie Joe Armstrong. Talk about #isthisreallife. After seeing Paul Westerberg smash his guitar, we can’t wait to see what happens next Forecastle.

Were you at Forecastle? What was your favorite moment? Tell us in the comments below or tag your tweet or Instagram with #SLForecastle.


  1. Shawn Hennessey

    The puppets were made by Squallis Puppeteers, a Louisville based non-profit arts org founded in 1997.
    Google it.
    Just sayin

    July 30, 2014 at 8:03 pm
  2. Bill Dawers

    @Matt Stevens: I thought Against Me! was spectacular too. There’s a big photo gallery posted to hissing lawns (linked in the article).

    July 28, 2014 at 3:01 pm
  3. Matt Stevens

    I must be the only one who thought Against Me! was an awesome show. Never see them mentioned in any of the reviews. Another band bring southern roots. Can’t get much faster south than Florida.

    July 28, 2014 at 10:47 am
  4. Heather Gifford

    So, I don’t know where you were ( maybe the bourbon tent) but you never even mentioned the amazing Jack White show that closed out Saturday night’s festivities. From the front row, we couldn’t see the end of the sea of people rocking out to one great song after another – he was the best thing at Forecastle!

    July 24, 2014 at 1:51 pm
  5. PhilipDC

    Hunter S. Thompson is not just a fan of KY bourbon, he is a native son of Louisville.

    July 24, 2014 at 8:31 am
  6. Tiger

    My fave moments were hearing The Replacements play Bastards of Young live after a 23 year hiatus and watching 25,000 people sing along with Beck on Loser.

    July 23, 2014 at 7:51 pm
  7. Bill Rodman

    Hey Hannah – different subject, but who won the Kamado grill? I think the rules said check back here 7/21 but I haven’t seen, maybe I missed it. So many great entries I was curious! Thanks!!

    July 23, 2014 at 3:38 pm
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