By ASHLEY ANDERSON
Waterfront Park was filled with high energy, flashing lights and the sounds of hip-hop and electronic music as the fourth annual Halfway to Forecastle festival came to the Wharf on Friday, July 15. Founder JK McKnight, along with AC Entertainment, brought a great lineup to the festival, as Pretty Lights, Big Boi from Outkast, RJD2, and other bands took the stage before MiMOSA, Ana Sia and Gramatik closed out the night at the Ice House Ater-Party.
An estimated 5,000 fans crowded around the two stages at the Wharf to watch their favorite artists, hang out with friends and dance, sing and even hula hoop to the music. Mayor Greg Fischer was also in attendance to show support for the festival.
“I was a music promoter in college, and I put on a lot of great shows,” Fischer said. “I promoted one of Bob Marley’s last shows in December of 1979, so I’ve always liked festivals. I met JK when he was just starting Forecastle, so I’ve always tried to be of any assistance to him that I can. I’m here as a supporter of Forecastle and want to see it be very successful here in our city.”
The festival was a hit with both festival veterans and newcomers.
Stephanie Wilson attended for the first time ever. “Friends of mine had come the past couple of years and told me I really couldn’t miss it,” Wilson said. “The music is awesome. Sometimes you get the people who maybe have a little too much fun but at the same time, it’s still a beautiful thing to be able to do this for people. I appreciate it. I’m so grateful for it.”
The 10-year anniversary of the three-day Forecastle Festival – the large-scale version of Halfway – will be held in the summer of 2012. For information, visit forecastlefest.com.
Contact writer Ashley Anderson at email@example.com.
photos by JACOB ZIMMER | chief photographer
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Ashley spends half her time writing stories at The Voice-Tribune office and half her time out on the town conducting interviews, while occasionally dressing in wild outfits to fully immerse herself in the experience (aka Princess Leia at Comic Con). Ashley is a huge UofL fan and loves the Yankees and the Boston Celtics (she is fully aware of the irony). She hopes to one day outshine Erin Andrews on ESPN and enjoys running, Bardstown Road/Fourth Street, Breaking Bad and reality TV (she’s not ashamed to admit that).