There was a lot of grumbling going on about how Forecastle’s lineup this year wasn’t strong. Complaints included that there was a lack of stand-out artists and that the bands might not be worth having to brave the heat. These aren’t completely unfair opinions, but festivals are for finding new bands, while enjoying the ones you already know. As a photographer, I have enough time to stay in the photo pit for each band for three songs and then maybe in the crowd for a few more before having to run to another stage. That’s about how long a band has to impress me. And the vast majority of them did. From Anderson .Paak’s stunning headlining performance to Boa’s explosive psych-rock, there was a ton of talent at Forecastle 2019. For this photo set, I picked five bands per day. Here are the 15 bands that I liked the most.