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Although many would assume Poorcastle is a blatant swipe at the Forecastle Festival, the organizers behind the knockoff music fest that takes place the weekend before insist the name is all in fun — and should be considered a warm-up act as opposed to competition. Another way to put it: If the mighty Forecastle is a large, ominous pirate ship cruising the coastline, then Poorcastle is a small, feeble lifeboat shooting BBs instead of cannonballs.

The idea of Poorcastle — a cheaper music festival featuring local bands — transpired in 2013 as a topic of conversation during the “Flies on the Wall” radio show on Crescent Hill Radio. Hosted by members of the band The Uncommon Houseflies, including IL’s own Kevin Gibson, the show regularly features musicians, industry talk and general B.S.

Four-legged friends are encouraged to come to Poorcastle. | Courtesy of Poorcastle 2014
Four-legged friends are encouraged to come to Poorcastle. | Courtesy of Poorcastle 2014

Houseflies member Butch Bays brought up the idea of a more affordable Forecastle, and the larva was hatched. Poorcastle has always been held at Apocalypse Brew Works, and this year is no different.

“This really is a project a group of friends started that has grown faster and bigger than we ever thought possible,” says Gibson. “It’s mind-boggling. Apocalypse Brew Works has been amazing, and this year we have a whole host of sponsors that will enable us to raise more money.”

As a way to fly the white flag and appease any tension there might be with the Forecastle folks, the festival has always been a fundraiser for the nonprofit Crescent Hill Radio. That first event featured 13 bands on one day, then expanded in 2014 to 24 bands over two days, and now has spread its wings to 33 bands in three days.

This weekend, July 10-12, Apocalypse will host the festivities once again — along with the brewery’s delicious craft beer and various food trucks. Admission is $5 a day, and the event runs from about 2-11:30 p.m.

Gibson says this will be the first year a band — Twin Limb — is playing both Poorcastle and Forecastle. The full schedule is listed below.

Crescent Hill Radio is located at 100.9 on the FM dial, and “Flies on the Wall” airs at 7 p.m. every Tuesday.

1200 played last year's Poorcastle. | Courtesy of Poorcastle 2014
1200 played last year’s Poorcastle. | Courtesy of Poorcastle 2014

Poorcastle 2015 Schedule:

Friday, July 10

  • 3 p.m. — Freddie Was a Boxer
  • 3:45 — Owoso
  • 4:30 — Echopathy
  • 5:15 — In Lightning
  • 6 — Aby Laby Land
  • 6:45 — Hal Dolls
  • 7:30 — The Uncommon Houseflies
  • 8:15 — Violet Knives
  • 9 — Plastic Bubble
  • 9:45 — D.T.B.P.
  • 10:30 — The Monolith

Saturday, July 11

  • 3 p.m. — Frederick the Younger
  • 3:45 — Stuart Wicke
  • 4:30 — Typhoid Beach
  • 5:15 — Jack Holiday & the Westerners
  • 6 — Cliffs
  • 6:45 — Brent Mathis
  • 7:30 — Ted Tyro
  • 8:15 — Phourist & the Photons
  • 9 — Tall Squares
  • 9:45 — Dream Eye Color Wheel
  • 10:30 — Howell Dawdy

Sunday, July 12

  • 3 p.m. — Bookshelf
  • 3:45 — Rand Paul Stanley
  • 4:30 — Kaleidico
  • 5:15 — Solenodon
  • 6 — The Hart Strings
  • 6:45 — Tender Mercy
  • 7:30 — Twenty First Century Fox
  • 8:15 — New Bravado
  • 9 — Cher Von
  • 9:45 — Black Birds of Paradise
  • 10:30 — Twin Limb
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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."