I had such a great time at this fest last year. I'd love to go back! The Galt House was not great, but it was definitely VERY GOOD. And the blind convention going on at the same time just gave it a little extra charm. I'd definitely recommend it for Forecastle 2013.
When I went out for lunch before the Saturday of Forecastle 2012, some jerkstore rear-ended me at a red light -- completely busted up my car. But you know what? The rest of the festival was SO GOOD that I didn't even care about my smashed-up vehicle. Just a GREAT fest, with no hassles and one of the best overall positive atmospheres you could ever ask for. The underpass was a cool element too. I thought it would be distracting, but you can't hear the cars at all, and made for some sweet shade. And how awesome was that stream running through the middle of Waterfront Park?
It breaks my heart that I may not be able to make Forecastle this year. But the festival, and Louisville, made such an impression on me last year that I KNOW I'll be back at Forecastle in 2014!