Forecastle already boasts Bowling Green’s Cage the Elephant as one of its marquee acts, along with LCD Soundsystem, Weezer and Odesza. Jackson-born and Versailles-raised Simpson was announced Tuesday morning along with more than a dozen other artists, including Phantogram, Spoon, Capital Cities, Tycho, Real Estate, What So Not, K.Flay, Whitney and Classixx.
Simpson last played Forecastle in 2015, then riding on the success of his breakthrough album “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music.” He returns as a Grammy nominee for album of the year and best country album for “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,” which landed him on the “Saturday Night Live” stage earlier this month for a head-turning performance. Daily lineups have not been announced for Forecastle, but if you go by the “font size” metric of festival billing, Simpson will be playing very late one day. Forecastle is July 14 to 16 at Louisville’s Waterfront Park.
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Here is the complete, current lineup:
Cage the Elephant
Run the Jewels
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
Teddy Abrams & Friends
Judah and the Lion
What So Not
Waka Flocka Flame
Aaron Lee Tasjan
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