First, there was Woodstock in 1969. Then came Lollapalooza in 1991. And around the same time that Bonnaroo emerged as a top music festival, another great concert event began its humble beginnings in Louisville.
That hometown festival is none other than Forecastle, which will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in the summer of 2012. To commemorate the upcoming three-day event, Waterfront Park will host the fourth annual Halfway to Forecastle festival at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 15.
Halfway to Forecastle is a miniature version of the Forecastle Festival, which has evolved from a small, community event into a highly-acclaimed national attraction. Forecastle brings in more than 30,000 fans each year and has been listed as one of the top 15 outdoor festivals in the country.
Founder JK McKnight decided to forgo a 2011 Forecastle Festival to focus his attention on the decade celebration in 2012. However, this year’s Halfway to Forecastle is expected to be larger than ever, especially with AC Entertainment – the company behind Bonnaroo, Moogfest and Big Ears – joining forces with McKnight for the first time.
“I certainly would say that Halfway to Forecastle is going be the biggest dance party of the year, just like it was last year,” McKnight said. “Except this time, we’re adding fuel to the fire by bringing in major national artists to headline. It’s going to be a great event at Waterfront with an equally stellar after-party at the Ice House.”
This year’s lineup includes Pretty Lights, Big Boi from Outkast, RJD2, Boombox and several other well-known bands. MiMOSA, Ana Sia and Gramatik will then take the stage at the after-party at Ice House, 217 E. Main St.
Slovenian artist Gramatik has been labeled one of the hottest up-and-coming electronic artists in the country. He’s been touring the U.S. for two years and just signed onto Pretty Light’s new record label, Pretty Lights Music.
His music is a blend of hip-hop, glitch hop, electronica and dubstep. However, he says he doesn’t fit into one genre of music. “I’ve never been a fan of labeling yourself into one genre,” Gramatik said. “I incorporate lots of different types of music and make my own sound. I think it’s important to have your own signature sound.”
Gramatik is set to release his new album, “Beatz & Pieces,” just three days before the festival, and he’s excited about Halfway to Forecastle.
“It’s going to be dope no matter what,” Gramatik said. “There’s such a great lineup. I’m just excited to see all of those artists out there. It’s guaranteed to be sold out.”
In addition to the big names and rising stars, the festival also will showcase local artists, including the Pass, OK Deejays, Lydia Burrell, DJ BottlePOP and Ishi.
“I’m just happy that I got chosen for it,” said Stanislav Dumstorf, aka DJ BottlePOP. “(OK Deejays) who are also playing kind of pushed that gig my way because I’ve been working with them for the past year or so. I’m just more excited for the opportunity than anything else. The good thing about my time slot is no one is playing on the main stage, so no bigger names are going to detract from my presence.”
DJ BottlePOP has already gained a local following, playing Saturdays at Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston St.
As for the activism component of Halfway, environmentalists will have the opportunity to network with leaders of outdoor and green technology. There will also be areas for artists to exhibit their work and attend various workshops.
Tickets for Halfway to Forecastle are available at www.etix.com, Ear-X-Tacy or by phone (800.514.3849). The cost is $29.50- $35 in advance; $45 at the door. VIP tickets are $80, and after-party tickets are $20.
For information, visit www.forecastlefest.com.
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