Forecastle Festival, one of our city’s flagship music festivals, is returning this weekend with headliners Jack Harlow, Tame Impala and Tyler, the Creator.
We’ve put together a guide for all the info you need before heading to the festival this weekend. Check out Forecastle’s Help Center for more information.
- Friday, May 27: Porter Robinson (9:15-10:30 p.m.), Jack Harlow (9:45-11 p.m.)
- Saturday, May 28: Phoebe Bridgers (7:45-8:45 p.m.), Tame Impala (9:45-11 p.m.)
- Sunday, May 29: Rüfüs Du Sol (8:45-9:45 p.m.), Tyler, the Creator (9:45-11 p.m.)
I don’t know some/any of the names on the lineup. Who’s interesting?
LEO writers shared their thoughts on nine of the Forecastle sets they’re most excited to see in this write-up. The list includes Jack Harlow (of course), plus Still Woozy, The Homies, Princess Nokia, JPEGMAFIA and others.
How early should I get there if I want a spot at _____’s show?
So, as with any major music festival, a decent number of people will clear out from in front of the stage once a set is over. That means people who are waiting for future sets can fill in that space immediately.
Our tip, from experience: get into the crowd two sets in advance if you really want to see a certain performer, then move up at the end of each set. Otherwise, be prepared to settle for a mid-crowd spot.
Granted, it may be different with Jack Harlow, so keep an eye out for how many people are waiting at the Mast Stage a few sets before his.
Is it too late to get a ticket? How much are tickets?
It’s not too late. You can buy tickets at this link.
Here are the prices:
- 3-Day General Admission: $265
- 3-Day GA+: $395
- 3-Day VIP: $650 (Tier One has already sold out; this price is for Tier Two tickets)
- 1-Day (any day) GA: $120
- 1-Day (any day) GA+: $185
- 1-Day (any day) VIP: $325
You can pick up your ticket (which is a wristband) at the Forecastle Box Office across from Slugger Field on Friday, from noon to 10:30 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10:30 p.m., or Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.
It means you get air-conditioned bathrooms, a full-service bar and access to a private area with shade and seating by the Mast Stage.
What comes with a VIP ticket?
Viewing areas near all the stages (limited by capacity), access to the VIP Lounge, “premium restrooms” (aka not port-a-potties), private bars, free hair braiding and glitter, and a VIP festival entrance lane.
Can I store my stuff somewhere on-site?
Yep, you can rent an 11×13.5×18” locker, which also comes with access to a portable charger and cables. You pay a $10 refundable deposit to receive the charger. When your portable charger is dead, you can exchange it for a new one on-site.
A locker rental is $20 per day or $50 for the whole weekend. GA and VIP lockers are in different sections of the festival, but the prices are the same regardless.
Secure your locker at this link. You’ll get an email the day before your reservation with your locker number and combination.
What kinds of food will be available?
There’ll be plenty of food trucks and food vendors on-site.
The lineup so far is: Ben & Jerry’s, Black Rock Grille, Cheezy Does It, Corndog Inc., Fistful of Tacos, Flaming Wok, Four Pegs Smokehouse, Green District, Happy Belly Bistro, Hebros Kitchen, Hot Buns Food Truck, Island Noodles, King of Pops, Lil Cheezers, Longshot Lobsta, Pizza Lupo, Red Top, Sunergos Coffee, The Mocktail Project.
What time does Forecastle open/close each day?
Friday: 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Where can I park?
Any available parking garage or spot downtown. Check out this link to see the full list.
We strongly recommend that you walk, bike, take an Uber/Lyft, or take TARC instead, though.
Which roads will be closed and when?
According to the LMPD, these streets will be closed from 6 p.m. on Thursday until 2 p.m. on Monday:
- Witherspoon Street from North Brook Street to North Preston Street
- North Floyd Street from East Witherspoon Street to East Washington Street
|What am I allowed to bring? What am I not allowed to bring?|
This list is copied from the Forecastle FAQ.
“Guests and their belongings are subject to search upon entry or re-entry. You can help keep the lines moving quickly by leaving large bags at home.
The following items are ALLOWED:
- CLEAR bags made up of clear plastic, vinyl, or pvc, and no larger than 12″ x 12″ x 6″. Small clutch purses and fanny packs with no more than 1 pocket. Clutch purses no larger than 4.5″ x 5.5 (See Full Bag Policy Below)
- Baby Strollers
- Blankets, Sheets, Towels
- Cameras (basic point and shoot consumer-grade cameras) without detachable lenses and other accessories (monopods, selfie sticks, tripods, GoPro mounts, and other attachments are not allowed)
- Empty reusable water bottles and hydration packs, and plastic or aluminum water bottles
- Sunscreen in non-aerosol containers is allowed in the size of 3.4 ounces or less
- Personal sized hand sanitizer
Prescription Medicine Requirements:
- Anyone needing prescription medicine at the festival must present the pharmacy-labeled container which states the prescription, dosage, and patient name to our medical staff at each entrance gate. Patrons are only allowed a sufficient supply of the prescribed medication for that day.
- Medicines needing to be inhaled or smoked are prohibited unless in a prescribed inhaler.
- Over the counter medications are allowed in a sufficient supply for the day. Bottle contents will be verified by medical personnel at the entry gates.
The following items are PROHIBITED:
- Any bags that are NOT CLEAR bags made up of clear plastic, vinyl, or pvc, and are larger than 12″ x 12″ x 6″. Any Small clutch purses and fanny packs with more than 1 pocket. Clutch purses that are larger than 4.5″ x 5.5 (See Full Bag Policy)
- Aerosol containers, including sunscreen and personal beauty products. NOTE: Sunscreen in non-aerosol containers is allowed in the size of 3.4 ounces or less
- Coolers of any kind. (Exceptions may be made for medical use)
- Framed backpacks, multiple pocket back packs and any pack that is not aligned with the allowed backpacks above. (See Full Bag Policy)
- Any and all professional audio recording equipment
- Professional cameras and professional recording (photo, video, audio) equipment (NO large professional detachable zoom lenses, stands, monopods, tripods, attachment sticks (selfie sticks) or other commercial equipment.
- Any and all professional video equipment. No video recording will be allowed
- Drones or any other remote flying device
- Glass containers of any kind
- Illegal and Illicit substances of any kind
- Outside food or beverage (including alcohol) of any kind
- Pets (except service animals)
- Selfie sticks
- Skateboards, scooters, bicycles, wagons, carts or any personal motorized vehicles
- Tents, canopies, or shade structures of any kind
- Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors are not allowed. No unauthorized solicitation and materials including handbills, flyers, stickers, beach balls, give-aways, samples, etc.
- Weapons or explosives of any kind
- Large chains or spiked jewelry
- Bicycles inside festival grounds (free parking is available near festival entrance)
- Carts of any kind (including Red Wagons)
- Chairs of any kind
- All Louisville parks prohibit smoking of any kind, including vaping
ALL bags will be searched before entry. The following bags are allowed:
- Clutch bags, waist packs, Fanny packs with no more than one compartment. Clutches must be no larger than 6.5×4.5.
- Empty Hydration packs with no more than two pockets in addition to the Bladder compartment
- Medical and diaper bags
- 1 gallon or smaller clear freezer bags
FULL BAG POLICY:
- ALL bags will be searched before entry.
- Small clutch purses and fanny packs that are 4.5″ x 5.5″ or smaller do not need to be clear, but can have no more than one pocket.
- All other bags must be fully CLEAR and made up of clear plastic, vinyl, or pvc, and be no larger than 12″ x 12″ x 6″ ONLY. Bags will be restricted to small purses, totes and drawstring bags only. Backpacks and bags with multiple pockets are prohibited.
- Hydration packs are allowed and do not need to be clear, but must be emptied of all liquid and have no more than two pockets in addition to the one holding the water reservoir.”
I have a disability or other access need(s) — what do I need to know?
Each of the main entrances will have an accessible lane for patrons using wheelchairs and mobility devices. Deaf/Hard of Hearing patrons and wheelchair users (plus one companion each) will also be able to watch shows from the festival’s (capacity-limited) Accessible Viewing Areas. Check in at Guest Services to get a wristband for access to those.
That said, Forecastle gives this advice about mobility aids:
“The Festival is wheelchair accessible but is a large venue with great distances between activities and attractions. It is outdoors and across city streets and pathways. Some travel is over natural terrain and terrain designed for motor vehicles. If it should rain, there could be mud.
The Festival does not provide personal care, golf cart rides, or push service of any kind or wheelchairs for rent or loan. Wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, and three or four-wheeled scooters are allowed only for use by patrons with mobility disabilities. For safety reasons, requests to use other power-driven mobility devices will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Powered wheelchairs may also be charged at the Access Center. Patrons should bring all cords and accessories needed to charge their devices. Chargers must use a 110-volt, 20-amp circuit.”
Service animals are welcome.
The on-site Access Center will be inside the West Entrance by Guest Services and Kentucky Landing. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about accessibility and provide materials in large print and Braille, amongst other things.
Some performances may be ASL interpreted, but the festival has not yet released the schedule of which ones will be. Check out the Forecastle website before the festival this weekend.
Guests who need to bring in medication can do so in properly labeled containers.
Each row of port-a-potties will have an accessible one at each end.
Check out this link for more info on accessibility at the Festival.
What else is there besides the shows?
Eat, drink beer, buy merch, go to the various lounges, see art and learn about sobriety at the Kentucky Landing, cover yourself in body glitter.
What will the weather be like?
According to AccuWeather:
Friday will have a high of 71º and will be cloudy with brief showers. 86% chance of rain, 22% chance of thunderstorms.
Saturday will have a high of 74º and will be “partly sunny; a comfortable start to the holiday weekend.” 4% chance of rain, 0% chance of thunderstorms.
Sunday will have a high of 82º and will be “Mostly sunny and pleasant.” 4% chance of rain, 0% chance of thunderstorms.
What happens if there’s really bad weather?
Forecastle has postponed shows or evacuated the festival altogether in the case of bad weather.
If that happens, they’ll announce it via on-stage video screens, announcements on the PA, the Forecastle app, and on the Forecastle social media. Follow staff/security’s instructions.
Can kids come to Forecastle?
Yes. Kids 10 and under get free admission with a ticket-holding adult, but adults can only bring in two children each.
What types of COVID precautions will there be?
Masks are encouraged for unvaccinated individuals. That’s pretty much it.
If you can’t go to Forecastle because you get COVID, you can get a refund. More info here.
Any other general tips?
Check out the map before you go. Download the official app (via the App Store or Google Play.) Wear plenty of sunscreen and deodorant. Bring a refillable water bottle. Refill it often. Consider bringing a hat. Use the bathroom before you leave home. Make sure your phone is charged. Prepare to spend money. Wear comfortable shoes. Don’t drink and drive.
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