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Forecastle Festival and My Morning Jacket Team for 10th Anniversary

Tuesday January 24, 2012

The Forecastle Festival - Louisville's nautically-themed summertime celebration of music, art, and environmental activism - has announced that My Morning Jacket will headline and assist in curating the festival’s tenth anniversary. The 3-day event will take place July 13 – 15, 2012, at Louisville’s scenic, award-winning Waterfront Park.

My Morning Jacket, whose original members hail from Louisville and currently reside in the city, will headline Saturday night, as well as collaborate with producers on the sights, sounds and experiences of the entire festival weekend. Celebrating its 10th year, the festival will pay homage to its past, present, and future, highlighting Forecastle’s maritime theme while celebrating the very best of Louisville and Kentucky.

“The stars have aligned in such a way that not only allows My Morning Jacket to headline on Saturday night, but to collaborate on many aspects of the festival as well,” said JK McKnight, Forecastle Founder and Director of National Partnerships for AC Entertainment. “From booking bands and curating late night shows to choosing philanthropic partners and shining a light on Louisville’s special offerings, together we’re sure to craft the best Forecastle experience ever. There’s certainly no group I would rather share this moment with than them.”

Full festival details, including the complete line up of headliners, along with over 75 bands performing on multiple stages, will be announced in the coming weeks. Separately ticketed late-night after-parties will also take place on the historical steamboat, the Belle of Louisville and at the newly renovated Ice House.

"We’re really excited to join forces with the Forecastle Festival,” said Jim James, lead singer of My Morning Jacket. “It has been great to watch them grow over the years- bringing great music, art, education, and activism to Louisville. The festival is a great vehicle for showcasing the abundance of opportunity, talent, and beauty our fair city has to offer."

Drummer Pat Hallahan added, "Watching Forecastle grow through the years has been a thing of beauty. JK McKnight is a forward-thinking, hardworking visionary. It is an honor to work along side the whole Forecastle and AC Entertainment crew."

“Two years ago, there was incredible energy and an amazing crowd of music lovers and thinkers who journeyed to Forecastle from all over our nation and the world,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said. “I feel certain that JK and the collaboration with My Morning Jacket will be taking that to new heights at the 10th anniversary of Forecastle this July.”

Specially priced weekend passes will go on-sale January 27 at noon (EST). After the initial allotment is depleted, tickets will still be available at regular price. Travel packages will also be available, including accommodations at The Galt House - the festival’s official, waterfront hotel. For those who wish to dock up for the weekend, VIP “Captain’s Club” boat slips will also be available. For ticketing information, visit www.forecastlefest.com.

Festival day passes will go on sale after the full festival line up is announced in the coming weeks.

The event will mark the second collaboration between The Forecastle Festival and AC Entertainment, producers of Bonnaroo, Moogfest and over 750 events per year.

About The Forecastle Festival:

The Forecastle Festival is a port-of-call where the world gathers to experience the best in Music, Art and Activism®. A celebration of sights, sounds, and sustainability, Forecastle connects travelers North, South, East, and West. Merging entertainment with education, Forecastle inspires a voyage of personal growth and global change. Since 2002, the Festival has featured over 450 bands, 100 visual artists, and 150 environmental and outdoor recreational organizations. Previous headlining artists including The Black Keys, The Flaming Lips, The Smashing Pumpkins, Widespread Panic, DEVO, Band of Horses, She & Him, Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, Sleater-Kinney, Big Boi, Girl Talk, Z-Trip, Umphrey’s McGee, and many more. For more information on Forecastle, visit: http://www.forecastlefest.com.