Chris Stapleton, Modest Mouse and Arcade Fire lead Forecastle Festival’s 2018 lineup

Forecastle Festival, the three-day music event which annually takes place at Louisville's Waterfront Park in Kentucky, announced its 2018 lineup on Wednesday morning. The music festival returns for its 17th year on July 13-15 this summer, and will feature headlining performances from country hotshot Chris Stapleton, in addition to alt-rock heroes Arcade Fire and Modest Mouse.

Among the rock-friendly list of the 42 artists revealed by Forecastle on Wednesday include Jason Isbell, The War On Drugs, Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett, Punch Brothers, Jimmy Eat World, Kurt Vile, Jenny Lewis, Oh Wonder, Pvris and Ron Gallo just to name a few. Although the festival is deep in the heart of bourbon and rural rock country, this summer’s event will also welcome EDM studs Louis The Child, rapper T-Pain and Saint JHN to Louisville this July.

Over nearly two decades, Forecastle has been able to stand out from its heavy competition of east coast festivals by utilizing one of Kentucky’s best exports, bourbon. The festival’s Bourbon Lodge has become an equally packed on-site spot as any of the stage areas. This year’s Forecastle will also offer attendees the chance to buy a Yacht Club ticket option. Available for the first time by the event's organizers, the ticket option will grant access to “an exclusive bar and music experiences” while onboard the Mary M. Miller Steamboat and Boathouse, which is located right on the Ohio River that runs along Louisville.

For more general and ticketing information on this year’s Forecastle Festival, fans can visit the event’s official website.