Forecastle Founder JK McKnight has announced the headliners for this summer’s Halfway to Forecastle Festival.
The Halfway to Forecastle Festival has been held annually since 2008 and focuses more on electronic music. However, this year’s event is replacing the actual Forecastle Festival in anticipation of its 10th anniversary celebration in 2012.
“Halfway has always had kind of a different musical palate than Forecastle; Halfway is always focused on electronic music so that was definitely what we went into it thinking of doing,” says McKnight “but also trying to create a broader appeal. I think last year was pretty much completely electronic and this year we wanted to go back a little to our roots and do some hip hop.”
The Forecastle Festival recently merged with AC Entertainment, the company that presents the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. McKnight says the partnership and this year’s Halfway show will play a large role in the celebration of the 10th anniversary.
“I think people will enjoy it, I think people will look at it and look back on it at the tenth anniversary and say that was a great stepping stone in this partnership to what became the tenth anniversary.”
Co-headliners Pretty Lights and Outkast member Big Boi will perform at Waterfront Park on July 15.