Now that I'm back at my 2nd day of work, finally walking around with a clear head (Ha!), and now that I'm all caught up on sleep, I can say without a doubt that this past weekend was a pure, neverending blast! The Galt House made us feel like we were on vacation, and the festival (even though it was in the middle of a city and had no camping) still felt like a full-on 3 day festival to me.
I do have some regrets (as always) like not getting to meet any of you fine ppl and not getting my ass outta bed early enough to enjoy some good grub around town, but all-in-all it was a relaxing, exhausting, mind-blowing utopia of a weekend. Glad everyone had as much fun as we did, and hopefully they'll blow us away again next year!
Loved this festival. The size was perfect - it was so great to realize that I had an extra 10 minutes and that was plenty of time to hop over to another stage and see a few songs. And to be able to get a good spot! The closeness of everything rocked. The people were friendly and welcoming, being right on the river was awesome both for the views and the breezes. I even think the rain helped because the sunsets were killer. And the pesto mozzadilla I had was better than the ones I've had at Bonnaroo.
Also didn't hurt that we got VIP wristbands in the confusion with Roll Call cards on Friday (was it only Friday?). Air conditioned bathrooms, couches to sit on and still be right in the middle of everything was awesome. I felt special but not removed from everything.
Plus the music. MMJ soundcheck was possibly the most magical music experience ever for me. And then I just loved how vibrant their night show was. I was donedonedone after that so was glad I didn't get boat tickets, but after sleeping in a real bed, I wish I would've been able to go. And then I got on the rail for Clutch, which was just awesome. I don't think I saw a bad set.
Ditto what everyone else said, Forecastle was awesome! I had been very stressed at work, over-scheduled in all aspects of life and wondering if I could even properly enjoy Forecastle, but like what Holls said, it was perfect and just what I needed!
Perfect little details:
I was with DCBee and got the VIP wristbands the first night which was an unexpected bonus.
Galt House didn't have our room ready so they apologized by comping our parking AND our new room was just across the hall from DCbee!
Um, how perfect was the weather for the sound check? Just when it got too hot a summer shower started, just when you felt too wet it stopped, and then really the lightning was a good thing for what we ended up experiencing under the bridge! I bumped into Holls & a few of you Inforoosters at the sound check! ;D
Little 5'3 30-something mom me was center pit for Clutch and I didn't have to fight against moshers or angry folks, just fellow fans rocking out. That was the COOLEST experience, to be so close, to be able to rock out like that without any anger or defense.
Being able to go back to our room at the end of the night, look at the view, drink a cocktail, order room service, take a SHOWER and sleep in a real bed.
And then great shows, great vibes (seriously nice people there!), great location, in general great weather. A great great GREAT weekend!
2012: 2/2 The Kills; 3/24 Band of Skulls; 4/7 Alabama Shakes; 4/28 Chuck Berry; 5/27 Nikka Costa; 7/8 Furthur; 8/18 Band of Horses & My Morning Jacket; 9/9 Jesus & Mary Chain; 9/24 Gossip; 11/8 Alice Smith; 12/6 Grace Potter; 12/26 Clutch
2013: 1/16 Morrissey; 2/2 Grace Potter & Houndmouth; 4/19 Living Colour; 4/30 Jim James; 5/16 Father John Misty
Mar 14 Sheepdogs/Fitz & The Tantrums/City & Colour (Austin)
Mar 15 Jim James (Austin)
Apr 26 Jim James (Boston)
May 4 Clutch & The Sword (Portland ME)
Jun 8 DMB (Hartford)
Jun 21 Jim James (Northampton MA)
Jul 27-28 Newport Folk
Oct 25-27 MOEMS
Post by dirtmcgirt on Jul 18, 2012 21:38:42 GMT -5
Just got done walking the dog at Waterfront park and re-lived quite a few memories...only in Louisville could a festival run outta PBR Glad so many of you all had a good time in Louisville and sorry I didn't get to meet any of you. As it seems with most of you, I was hella impressed with Forecastle this year. Any idea on the number of ticket sales this year? It was waaayy less crowded than I expected for that amount of space. I was literally front row for almost half of the sets I wanted to see.
I'm so happy this turned out to be a great fest. It's awesome to have something like this in your hometown. I didn't see a bad show all weekend. Some of the highlights for me were:
-every thing about that MMJ show. They definitely made sure they made it a special show. -Wilco. Going in, all I knew of Wilco was the name. I knew they were a very respected band, but they blew me away. They put on a way better show than anything I was expecting. -Charles Bradley (if you were there, you probably agree) -Flying Lotus. I just can't get enough of this dude.
4/17 Jim James
6/8 Tallest Man On Earth
6/11 Local Natives
7/6 Bob Dylan, My Morning Jacket, and Wilco
8/15 STS9 and Umphreys McGee
10/25-27 Mountain Oasis
April 12-14th - Indio, CA - Coachella Weekend 1
May 3-5th - Memphis, TN - Beale St. Music Festival
June 13-16th - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
July 12-14th - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
August 2-4th - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
September 27-29th - Atlanta, GA - TomorrowWorld
October 25-27th - Asheville, NC - Mountain Oasis
Yet it is in this loneliness that the deepest activities begin. It is here that you discover act without motion, labor that is profound repose, vision in obscurity, and, beyond all desire, a fulfillment whose limits extend to infinity.
~ Thomas Merton ~