Kentucky’s GonzoFest Celebrates the Wild Life of Hunter S. Thompson

This is going to be one hell of a party.


Coachella may have Guns ‘N Roses as a headliner and lots of bohemian babes in attendance, but there’s an infinitely more interesting festival that’s also happening this weekend. Louisville, Kentucky, birthplace of the late, great gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, hosts the sixth annual GonzoFest on April 16. While Thompson is best known for having lived in Aspen during the height of his fame, his Southern hometown has been the one leading the charge to keep him from becoming a mere pop culture footnote.

Any drug-taking is strictly sub rosa; GonzoFest focuses on music, spoken word, art, food and lots of alcohol. One of the highlights will be a special screening of Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, the 1998 film starring Thompson’s good friend Johnny Depp, who may make an appearance.


The festival also helps to raise funds for a statue of Thompson to be erected in a prominent place in Louisville and serve as a permanent memorial. In the meantime, a giant Thompson puppet will parade through the park where GonzoFest is being held. Because, why not?


Tickets are only $20 at In HST’s honor, we leave you with a recap of his infamous, and probably exaggerated, daily routine:

3:00 p.m.: Rise

3:05 p.m.: Chivas Regal with the morning paper, Dunhills

3:45 p.m.: Cocaine

3:50 p.m.: Another glass of Chivas, More Dunhills

4:05 p.m.: First cup of coffee, Dunhill

4:15 p.m.: Cocaine

4:16 p.m.: Orange juice, Dunhill

4:30 p.m.: Cocaine

4:54 p.m.: Cocaine

5:05 p.m.: Cocaine

5:11 p.m.: Coffee, Dunhills

5:30 p.m.: More ice in the Chivas

5:45 p.m.: Cocaine, etc.

6:00 p.m.: Weed to take the edge off

7:05 p.m.: Lunch of Heineken, two margaritas, coleslaw, taco salad, double order of fried onion rings, carrot cake, ice cream, a bean fritter, Dunhills, another Heineken, cocaine, and a “snow cone” for the ride home (a glass of shredded ice with Chivas poured on top).

9:00 p.m.: Starts snorting cocaine seriously

10:00 p.m.: Drops acid

11:00 p.m.: Chartreuse, cocaine, and weed

11:30 p.m.: Cocaine, etc.

12:00 a.m.: Time to write

12:05-6:00 a.m.: Chartreuse, cocaine, weed, Chivas, coffee, Heineken, clove cigarettes, grapefruit, Dunhills, orange juice, gin, and porn watching

6:00 a.m.: In the hot tub, champagne, Dove bars, and fettuccine alfredo

8:00 a.m.: Halcyon

8:20 a.m.: Sleep