Forecastle Festival Announces 2008 Lineup

forecastle music and arts festivalLOUISVILLE, KY – The Forecastle Festival is proud to announce the complete® line-ups for the seventh annual event, July 25th – 27th at the Riverfront Belvedere in Louisville, KY. Among the headliners for the expanded three day festival are are Method Man, leader of the Wu-Tang Clan and HBO hit “The Wire”, Philadelphia’s trance-fusion jam band the Disco Biscuits, and Grammy Award winners the Del McCoury Band.

New in 2008 are music industry panels, along with the debut of two new festival stages: the Ocean Stage and the Activism Stage. As with the 2007 event, the festival will also feature an outdoor extreme sports park, personal empowerment panels, an environmental film showcase, and other activities.

“It’s the best line-up in the festival’s seven year history,” said festival founder and producer JK McKnight. “ It’s twice the size of the 2007 event.”

Tickets go on sale next Wednesday, April 30th at 10AM via TicketWeb, Ticketmaster, and select regional outlets in participating cities including ear X-tacy Records in Louisville, CD Central in Lexington, Euclid Records in St. Louis, Grimey’s in Nashville, Indy CD & Vinyl in Indianapolis, Landlocked Records in Bloomington, and Shake-It Records in Cincinnati. Advanced tickets range from $15 – 20 per day, day of show tickets range from $18 – 23. Two-day and three-day passes also available, as well as a limited number of VIP passes.

A complete listing of participants to date follows; continuous updates will be posted on the official website at

MUSIC: Disco Biscuits, Method Man, Tortoise, Z-Trip, Ekoostik Hookah, Del McCoury Band, Dr. Dog, The New Mastersounds, Groovatron, Delvin & Darko of Spank Rock, Snowden, Extra Golden, Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s, Catfish Haven, Film School (mem. of pavement), DJ 2nd Nature, Cabin, Code Red, People Noise, Paradigm, Prizzy Prizzy Please, Unwed Sailor, The Seedy Seeds, Otis Gibbs, Pomegranates, D.W. Box and One Long Song, The Photographic, Noizejoi, Backyard Tire Fire, Arnett Hollow, Mighty Mudkids, Jamili Brown, Go Van Gogh, The Seedy Seeds, The Town Criers (members of Fire the Saddle), The Giving Tree Band, All We Seabees, Brigid Kaelin & Peter Searcy, Josh Garrels, Chris Volpe

ART: Alexis Culver, Emily Detrick, Russell May, Jessica Riordan, McKinley Moore, Michele Korfhage, Michael Koerner, Monica A. Vincent, Mary K. Norman, Susan Kehr, Pat Collins, Ryan Goff, Terry Tap, Walter Early, Meredith Carr

ACTIVISM: Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Earth First!, Mountain Justice Summer, Sierra Club, Dogwood Alliance, Southern Energy Network, Earthsave, Carbonfund, Headcount, Buckeye Forest Council, Kentucky Trails Association, Ohio River Foundation, RESULTS Global Grassroots, Kentucky Heartwood, National Council of Churches’ Eco-Justice Program, Ohio Valley Creative Energy, Kentucky Waterways Alliance, Kentucky Resources Council, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, Community Farm Alliance, Valley Watch, Olmsted Park Conservancy, Breaking New Grounds, Future Fund, UK Green Thumb, Bicycling for Louisville, Caldwell Eco-Center, Cultivating Connections, KAIRE, Urban Seeds, Bike Couriers Bike Shop, , Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center, CART

THE FORECASTLE FESTIVAL is where the Midwest connects. Founded in Louisville, KY, the annual gathering is equal parts Music, Art, and Activism. A symposium for musicians, artists, and environmentalists, Forecastle connects the progressive Midwest. The 2008 fest is expected to draw over 10,000 patrons to the Louisville Waterfront – part of a scenic, $60 million dollar riverfront investment which draws 1.5 million visitors a year. With national headliners and expanded line-ups, the festival will provide an unforgettable experience for all Forecastle travelers, converging in Louisville from the Midwest and beyond.

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