Even In The Sweltering Heat, Forecastle Day 3 Delivered In Every Conceivable Way
All good things must come to an end, and Forecastle 2022 is no exception to that rule. Even though we all knew the end of the festival was coming, or maybe because we all knew the end was coming, we put our best foot forward and tried to cover as much as possible. Since it was the last day, we were moving slower than usual, but that doesn’t mean the artists slowed down at all. Everyone brought their best, and we left exhausted and elated. How did the day start, though?
An interview, of course! We sat down with Sloan Struble, aka Dayglow, to discuss his aspirations, influences, and new music he has coming out this summer. Be on the lookout for his music as well as our video, which should be uploaded soon!
After interviewing Dayglow, we took some time to just mingle and meet people in the crowd. A lot of people were tired, but as is always the case on the last festival day, we were united in our decision to power through for the love of live music. And power through we did!
Once we had mingled and explored enough, we headed over to the Boom Stage to catch FLETCHER. As she moved through her hits, new and old, we couldn’t help but notice how invested the crowd was. Despite it being the last day of the fest, despite it being incredibly hot and sunny, despite every conceivable reason to be even slightly distracted, the audience was completely rapt by FLETCHER. It was beautiful to see.
Following FLETCHER, we ran over to the Ocean Stage to see Joel Corry. The British house artist got us moving, and the crowd was just as invested as we were. We also found our friend Mr. Peanut. Mr. Peanut loves house music. This has been confirmed.
Joel Corry was exceptional, but we knew we had to make it back to the Boom Stage for one of the most anticipated sets of the day. Dayglow took the Boom Stage by storm, playing a new song in addition to all of his hits and a cover of “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.” His stage presence is incredible, and all of his band members are top notch at their instruments. Shoutout to his drummer in particular. Playing groove-based music in the burgeoning heat and not losing the groove at all is hard to do. Dayglow was absolutely incredible, and we highly recommend you check them out at a show whenever you get the opportunity.
Of course, we also had to make a stop back at the Ocean Stage for JPEGMAFIA. Peggy brought it as always, and it was exciting to see him back in his element. When Peggy ended, the sun was just beginning to set, and Black Pumas were taking the Mast Stage. In a scheduling conflict that reminded us that promoters’ jobs are incredibly difficult, Black Pumas were on at the same time as Jai Wolf. We ended up splitting time for this one, but Black Pumas brought the soul to golden hour, and Jai Wolf brought his live show to Louisville for the first time. Both were incredible, but that split was brutal.
Another brutal split was the end of the day, seeing RÜFÜS DU SOL overlap with Alison Wonderland overlap with Tyler, the Creator. We managed to catch most of all of them, though, and when we tell you this trio completely ripped the end of the festival, we mean it in the best way possible. RÜFÜS performed at the top of their game, Alison brought a set that pushed the crowd through their end-of-day/end-of-festival exhaustion for one final dance party, and Tyler… I am struggling to find words, but it’s my job as a writer to do so, so here we go.
Tyler, the Creator put on one of the best sets I’ve seen from him since the IGOR Tour. The mountainous stage design worked incredibly well for all of his material, which lent itself to the entire set. He covered every single album he’s ever released, not dwelling too long on the stuff from Goblin, and Forecastle received a song that he hasn’t touched live in three years. That’s right, I’m talking about “DEATHCAMP.” The opener of 2015’s Cherry Bomb kept the Louisville crowd moving, and Tyler even acknowledged that only two songs in, the crowd had “exceeded whatever expectations [he] might have had.” There was never a dull moment in this set, and it was a perfect way to close out the weekend.
When all was said and done, Forecastle made every effort to make sure their 20th anniversary/first year back since 2019 was the best it could be, and they delivered. The artists brought their A game. The food options were solid. The stage setups were fantastic. Be on the lookout for our full recap of the weekend, but know that everything we can say is going to be positive. An excellent time was had at an excellent festival. Bravo, Louisville. Bravo, Forecastle.