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Forecastle Festival unveils 2018 lineup, topped by Chris Stapleton, Arcade Fire

Chris Stapleton and his wife Morgane Stapleton played the 2015 Forecastle Festival Saturday. Stapleton will return to the 2018 Festival.rcopley@herald-leader.com.
Chris Stapleton and his wife Morgane Stapleton played the 2015 Forecastle Festival Saturday. Stapleton will return to the 2018 Festival.rcopley@herald-leader.com. rcopley@herald-leader.com

Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse and Kentuckian Chris Stapleton are the topline artists announced Wednesday morning for the 2018 Forecastle Festival, July 13-15 at Waterfront Park in Louisville.

It will be Stapleton’s first Forecastle appearance since the 2015 CMA Awards propelled him to household-name status in country music. He played the 2015 fest when his solo debut, “Traveller,” was just gaining critical acclaim. He has since added chart toppers “From A Room, Vol. 1” and “Vol. 2” to his catalog.

Looking at the lineup, Herald-Leader music critic Walter Tunis said, “This is an exciting lineup. One of the best in years.”

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William Butler, left, and Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire perform Oct. 20, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. The band will be at the 2018 Forecastle Festival. Chris Pizzello Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Also on tap for the three-day fest are Stapleton’s fellow Americana stars Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, The Puch Brothers and their sister act I’m With Her, Margo Price, and the pride of New Albany, Indiana, Houndmouth. Recent Forecastle artists The War on Drugs and Jenny Lewis will be returning, and joining them will be Father John Misty, Vance Joy, Courtney Barnett, Jimmy Eat World, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Oh Wonder, Rainbow Kitten Surprise and Lucero.

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Isaac Brock with Modest Mouse performs in Atlanta on Oct. 28, 2015. Katie Darby Invision/AP

Forecastle has been adding heavy dolops of hip hop and electronic music in recent editions, and that continues this year with T-Pain, NF, Louis the Child, Vic Mensa and more. The complete lineup, to this point, is on Forecastle’s website, ForecastleFest.com.

Performance days, showtimes, and stages for the artists will be announced later. Weekend passes go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, starting at $149.50 for general admission, which gets you into all the performances. Higher levels such as Yacht Club ($249.50) and VIP ($449.50) get you extra goodies such as special viewing areas and access to lounges with things like restrooms that aren’t porta potties and air conditioning, which may not seem like a big deal now, but are invaluable in the middle of July on the banks of the Ohio.

Rich Copley: @copiousnotes

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