summer’s coming: forecastle announces initial 2018 lineup

What better way to inject some warmth into the teen temps of a winter day than to dream of summer. This morning’s announcement of the preliminary lineup for the 2018 Forecastle lineup did just that with Chris Stapleton, Arcade Fire and Modest Mouse headlining the charge.

Forecastle has always offered an impressive and diverse make-up of music through the years, one that often gets augmented by announcements of appealing support acts in the months leading up to the festival (which, this summer, runs July 13 through 15). But it’s tough to recall a lineup that was this strong right out of the starting gate.

Sure, many of the artists have extensive performance histories in Louisville – including Kentucky country/soul traditionalist Chris Stapleton (who played a show on Forecastle’s stomping ground at Waterfront Park last fall) and Arcade Fire (who played there in 2007, ironically with one of last year’s Forecastle headliners, LCD Soundsystem, as an opener). But when the first name on the bill after the row of headliners is Jason Isbell (who played the Louisville Palace as recently as December), you know your roster is packing dynamite.

Scan just a little further and you will find country upstart Margo Price (who plays a sold out show of her own on Saturday at Headliners Music Hall). Then you have Forecastle returnees like The War on Drugs, Jenny Lewis and Louisville’s own Houndmouth fortifying the fun.

Outside of the Louisville connections, it will be interesting to see (especially since the actual performance schedule hasn’t been released) if two pairs of acts that have collaborated on past projects will cross paths during their Forecastle stays. Specifically, we’re referring to Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, who released the way cool duo album “Lotta Sea Lice” in October, along with Punch Brothers and I’m With Her, the progressive string troupes that spent last summer together on the American Acoustic tour.

Add in T-Pain, Father John Misty, Lucero, (Dan) Tyminski and about three dozen other already confirmed acts and you have the makings of one of the hottest Forecastles ever. That new alone should add a little July to your January.

Tickets go on sale for Forecastle at 10 a.m. Jan. 19 through ticketmaster.com and forecastlefest.com.

 



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