MR: I mentioned this earlier, but the unity of this lineup really makes me feel that festivalgoers are going to get a thrilling weekend. There’s a lot of early fluff — mostly local fare and folksy touring acts — but that’s why it’s a location festival. I prefer having my festivals begin in the late afternoon, and this one should be stacked from 3 p.m. onward. The Replacements going into a Sunday evening set by Beck next to the Ohio River will be something our writers will likely capture in rather poetic words.
FM: Agreed. That unity is what makes Forecastle stand out to me, along with some solid bookings all around. And they are currently the only festival in the states to feature Slint.