LOUISVILLE, KY – The Forecastle Festival is excited to announce the initial lineup for its 11th annual three-day music celebration, featuring Grammy Award winners The Black Keys, alongside The String Cheese Incident and the Avett Brothers leading the festival’s rich, eclectic offerings. The event will take place July 12 – 14, 2013 at Louisville’s scenic, award-winning Waterfront Park.
The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, Animal Collective, Old Crow Medicine Show, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Big Boi, Matt & Kim, Purity Ring and more than 50 others will round out the lineup. Louisville native Jim James, whose band My Morning Jacket headlined and curated the festival in 2012, will return with his new solo project. A full list of confirmed acts can be found below.
In addition to performances at Waterfront Park, the Forecastle Festival will feature late night shows on the historic Belle of Louisville steamboat and other landmark locations throughout downtown Louisville. Jam masters The String Cheese Incident will perform an exclusive, separately ticketed late night show at Louisville’s historic Palace Theater on Saturday, July 13.
Highlighted in Rolling Stone as a top event in 2012, and acclaimed by Outside as one of the “Top 15 Outdoor Festivals in the USA,” the Forecastle Festival has evolved 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, highlighted through the festival’s non-profit organization, the Forecastle Foundation.
Weekend passes for Forecastle 2013 will go on sale this Wednesday, March 6 at noon EST at Forecastlefest.com, Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets.
Single day passes and late night show tickets, along with the daily schedule of artists and late-night events will be available in April.
For more information on Forecastle, visit: FORECASTLEFEST.COM.
The confirmed Forecastle 2013 lineup includes:
KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS
Kurt Vile is a lo-fi indie rock singer/songwriter from Philadelphia who made his commercial recording debut in 2008 to much critical fanfare. Based in Philadelphia, Vile grew up outside the city in the nearby town of Lansdowne. His passion for music was encouraged by his father, a bluegrass aficionado who bought him a banjo. Vile eventually advanced from the banjo to other instruments, primarily guitar, and began writing songs that he would record at home. These lo-fi home recordings, often featuring drum machines and other one-man-band, lo-fi adornment, were compiled on a series of CD-Rs that Vile would release in limited editions. Meanwhile, in addition to his solo work, Vile began collaborating musically with singer/guitarist Adam Granduciel in 2003. Calling themselves the War on Drugs, Vile and Granduciel released an eponymous demo EP in 2005. Over time the War on Drugs grew to become a full-scale band, and following another self-released EP, Barrel of Batteries (2007), they made their full-length album debut with Wagonwheel Blues (2008) on the Secretly Canadian label.
Around this same time, Vile made his commercial recording debut as a solo artist with Constant Hitmaker (2008), a full-length release on the Gulcher label. Comprised of home recordings previously released on CD-R plus new material (most notably the standout studio recording “Freeway”), Constant Hitmaker was at first something of a sleeper hit in the indie rock underground. While some online publications were quick to champion it as one of the more notable albums of the year, it wasn’t until 2009, when Constant Hitmaker was reissued by the Woodsist label, that Vile began garnering widespread accolades. In the midst of the acclaim, Vile released the mini-album God Is Saying This to You? on the Mexican Summer label and the Hunchback EP on Richie Records. Vile switched to premier indie label Matador for his second and third “proper” albums, 2009’s Childish Prodigy and 2011’s Smoke Ring for My Halo. 2013 will see the release of Walkin on a Pretty Daze (see video and mp3 below).
Over nearly a decade, Killer Mike has released five critically hailed records and won a Grammy for best Rap Collaboration with Outkast for the song “The Whole World.” But, Mike will tell you that R.A.P. Music is his finest accomplishment. He’ll even call it a “classic.” Listen for yourself, and get front and center for his set at Forecastle!!
Killer Mike released his debut album, Monster, in 2003. The album’s lead single was “Akshon (Yeah!)”, it featured OutKast on guest vocals, and was included on the soundtrack to the 2004 version of EA Sports popular video game Madden NFL. He even made a Madden ’04 remix of “Akshon (Yeah!)” for the game. Following the release of his own material, he appeared on “Flip Flop Rock” and “Bust” on the Speakerboxx half of Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. He also appeared on “Southern Takeover” with Pastor Troy on Chamillionaire’s CD The Sound of Revenge. His second album “Ghetto Extraordinary” has had its release date pushed back several times due to disputes between Big Boi and Sony Records. 1
Killer Mike has also performed as a voice actor. He plays a rapper/actor, turned President of the United States, named Taqu’il in the Adult Swim cartoon Frisky Dingo. According to an article published in the June 2007 issue of XXL, Killer Mike addressed why he left the Purple Ribbon roster. He stated that he felt as if Purple Ribbon was the equivilent to the “Clippers,” while he wanted to join the “Lakers.”
Not too long ago there was a feud between himself and Big Boi mainly involving his lack of support on a major label. The arguments between the two have since cooled down and Mike has recently stated through an interview on HipHopDX that he is currently trying very hard to get Big Boi to perform on a track for his new album.
Not sold yet…just watch this…