As we’ve been saying every year since our first time covering in 2013, Louisville’s Forecastle Festival is one of our absolute favorite music fests- not just in the region, but in the whole country. It’s not the the biggest or flashiest event of its kind, and you’ll frequently find its performers at many other festivals, but it excels by not trying to be something gargantuan, focusing, instead, of keeping things lean and well-curated, embracing the spirit and culture of its surroundings, and maintaining one of the best laid out, most organized, and friendliest festival environments we’ve ever experienced. Going into this year, the bill was noticeably stuffed with performers we’d recently seen at other fests- and while it might not drum up the same sense of urgency for people who attend several events, that’s ok; the reason you book acts like LCD Soundsytem, Cage the Elephant, and Weezer is because they’re amazing, and the vast majority of attendees don’t hit nearly the number of events as the diehard few (and music journalists) do. The variety was still great, the ambience as good as ever, the weather cooperative (for once), and the city- one of our favorite things to explore in our annual trek- only seems more exciting and buzzing with each passing year, with new food, businesses and more to explore just outside of the festival grounds, and even more if you take the time to adventure. Needless to say, Forecastle 2017 was another exciting, triumphant year, and you can read all about it and check out our full photo set below!