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    Forecastle is Louisville's big music festival--the one the world knows recognizes--but in the next month or so, Louisville will be hosting five more music festivals that should be on your radar. Most are cheap or FREE! 

    Here's the rundown:

    NuLu Fest

    NuLu Fest is a community event in NuLu to celebrate the area's business and culture. Music booking is done by sonaBLAST! Records Vice President Jaxon Swain. The lineup includes Shake Anderson, The Debauchees, Billy Goat Strut Revue, Small Time Napoleon, Nick Dittmeier, and Kyle James Hauser. This year's festival is on September 27 and occurs from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Along with the music there will be micro-brewed beers, belly dancing, and retail booths. This event is FREE. 

    Check out NuLu Fest's Facebook page here.

    Outsized Influence Festival

    Outsized Influence Festival is on August 30 on the quad of Bellarmine University. This festival was organized by various parties on campus to celebrate Bellarmine's largely unknown music tradition. Each band playing this festival has a Bellarmine alum or student in it. Music is from 3 - 10 p.m. Six representatives from Louisville Street Food Alliance will be on site serving food to spectators. There are a total of 14 bands playing on 3 stages including Fire The Saddle who is coming together for its first show in eight years. This event is FREE. 

    Check out Outsized Influence's Facebook page here.

    Louisville Outskirts Festival

    Louisville Outskirts Festival is not-for-profit, volunteer-run festival that seeks to encourage, support, inspire, and highlight the music made by women of Louisville's independent music scene as well as to showcase influential and inspiring musicians selected from other parts of the country and world. The festival takes place from October 10-12 across multiple music venues in the city including The New Vintage and Dreamland. The festival also includes a rockshop for young girls and a resource fair.

    Check out Louisville Outskirts Festival's website here.

    Seven Sense Festival

    Seven Sense Festival is a both a street and indoor festival on Preston Street that encompasses the best of Louisville as well as some from the nearby region. Seven Sense is anchored by Zanzabar, The New Vintage, Greenhaus, and Purrswaytions. Music lineup includes The Pass, Old Baby, Machines Are People Too, Discount Guns, and more. Breweries will also be spotlighted as Seven Sense is a part of Louisville Craft Beer Week. Fod ebing served will come from El Taco Luchador, Lil Cheezers, North End Cafe, and more. Seven Sense is on September 20 from 12 p.m. - 3 a.m. The festival is FREE. VIP tickets are available. 

    Check out Seven Sense Festival's Facebook page here.

    Cropped Out Festival

    Cropped Out Festival takes place September 26-27 at American Turner's with a closing party on September 28. Croppd Out is for the underground, the experimental, and the unnoticed. The sound spectrum is large at Cropped Out and that's exactly the way they like it. There will be food trucks, record vendors, merchant booths, local art, horseshoes, basketball, and more! A weekend pass is $50 and can be bought at or Astro Black Records on Oak Street. 

    All festival posters are courtesy of their Facebook pages. Disclaimer: This writer is involved in the organization of Outsized Influence Festival.

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    Covering Louisville music like it's the 6 o' clock news. I've covered Forecastle, Louder Than Life, Moontower, Starry Nights, and Louisville music news for 3 years. Follow me @parasiticnoise

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