Forecastle Festival 2018: Day One Recap

Another year, another Forecastle Festival. With this year’s lineup, it was an easy decision to make the three hour drive down to Louisville. Today alone we saw Lucero, Kurt Vile, Father John Misty, and Modest Mouse.

Walking through the gates I was immediately swallowed by the Forecastle spirit. This is my third year at Forecastle, so the feeling was a familiar embrace.

This year we brought a friend, a festival virgin. We were so excited to show him his first music festival, and what better starter festival than Forecastle? We were showing him around the grounds like proud parents.

Our day started with Lucero. We were melting in the Kentucky sun, which meant we had something in common with Ben Nichols. He sighed between every song reminding us how he’s from the south, but even this heat was intense for him. They tried to cool themselves down with PBR after PBR – right on brand for them. Lucero is like that really good local band you saw in a dive bar one time, except they got signed and now tour the world. But their brand still remains PBR, plaid, trucker hats, and jeans.

After Lucero, we checked out the Bourbon Lodge – worth every penny each year. The air conditioning alone is worth the additional $30 for the weekend. $10/day for limitless access to air conditioning? That would be worth it even without the air conditioned restrooms, private seating area, whiskey tastings, and all the other bonuses.


Kurt Vile should always be listened to with a bourbon in hand, which is exactly how we did it. While we were a little surprised not to see any guest appearances (ahem, Courtney Barnett), he gave an incredible performance.

This is my second time seeing Father John Misty this summer…and I’m not totally sure how I feel about his new reticent, mum thing he has going on. I get that it’s kind of the theme of the new album. But he used to tell jokes, interact with the audience, he used to put on a SHOW. His talent is still undeniable, it’s just different than what his shows used to be. Even so, he still has the voice of an angel, and his songs are masterpieces. We grabbed a spot on the back of the lawn and soaked in the whole festival. The sunset behind him just made it all the more magical.


Modest Mouse closed out night one. The crowd sang along to nearly every song. Unfortunately, that was not enough to help with their obvious sound issues. The band was continuously messing with their in-ears, they were playing all their songs really fast, and Isaac Brock was clearly frustrated. This was all masked by the fireworks show during their first few songs. Cheery enough to veil any blunders. Even though we all realized the performance was off, we still had the time of our lives. Musical ability was never really their appeal anyway.

At the end of the day, we made our way back to the beautiful Brown Hotel to reflect on the amazing day we just had, and rest up for day two. See you tomorrow, Forecastle!

This post is sponsored by Forecastle Music Festival. All opinions are my own.

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12 thoughts on “Forecastle Festival 2018: Day One Recap

  1. I’m not a bit music fan, so I’ve never been to a music festival. But it sounds like you had a good weekend of fun! The festival decorations look pretty fun too 😛

  2. I’m guessing the $30 is extra for the Bourbon Lodge, rather than the whole festival, but that still sounds totally worth it for the drinks and air conditioning!

    It’s a shame about the sound issues for Modest Mouse, but at least the crowd still loved it and sung along. 😀

    What did your festival virgin friend think? Did he love it all in the end?

    1. Yes, the $30 is in addition to the ticket price! And our friend looooooved it. He has already said he wants to buy tickets for next year!

  3. Thanks for introducing me to a new festival. It sounds like you all had a really great time! I completely understand the need for air conditioning after a long hot day. I think I would pay $100 extra for it. LOL!

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