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Flaming Lips, Widespread Panic, Spoon to headline Forecastle fest

Experimental rock pioneers The Flaming Lips, the legendary jam band Widespread Panic, and pop-rock favorite Spoon will headline Louisville's summer Forecastle Festival, organizers announced Wednesday.

The ninth annual festival, scheduled for July 9 to 11, will move to a new location: Waterfront Park, on the banks of the Ohio River. The festival had previously been at the smaller Riverfront Belvedere.

Also on the bill: the Drive-By Truckers, Bassnectar, Minus the Bear, the New Deal, Lucero, a reunion by Cap 'n Jazz, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Dar Williams, EOTO, Break Science, Mimosa, Mucca Pazza, Company of Thieves, Savoy, BoomBox, Two Fresh and Morning Teleportation.

Organizers said that more than 60 more performers will be announced in coming weeks, including additional headliners.

Besides four music stages, the festival will include regional art installations, the "Sustainable Living Roadshow," an expanded outdoor extreme sports park, film screenings, a children's area, renewable energy exhibits, organic food options, discussion panels, speakers and dance tents.

Last year's festival drew more than 23,000 people, organizers said.

Three-day passes, $150, and one-day tickets, $60, are on sale now through Ticketmaster, 1-800-745-3000 or, and at various locations in Louisville.

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