Hopscotch

Hopscotch, The Ultimate Festival for Music Discovery

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Festivals seem to be everywhere these days, but few hold a candle to what Hopscotch Music Festival is doing in Raleigh, NC. Now in its fourth year, Hopscotch is spread over 3 days, taking over 15 venues in downtown Raleigh. On Friday and Saturday night the concert moves outdoors, with headlining bands performing in the City Plaza.

In total 175 bands will officially play Hopscotch with a variety of genres represented from hip-hop to indie, electronic music to heavy metal, including just about everything in-between. Now more than ever, Hopscotch has reached another level, attracting visitors from all over to bask in the fruits of the triangle music scene, placed on the map by so many bands over the years. Of the 175 bands performing over the three nights, about 35% of the bands are local to that area, and others include many mid level artists from all around the world that don’t always get the exposure they should. Hopscotch is a festival hand crafted by taste-makers, taking attendees on a three day journey in music discovery.

The shows at night are the focus of the festival, but the day parties are where some of the best moments happen. Both official and unofficial parties take over downtown with BBQ’s, sponsored events, with most parties featuring the bands playing at night. If you do your research you’ll quickly conclude that you won’t be able to see every band you’d like. Although Raleigh is a great town to bounce from venue to venue quickly, there is still just an overwhelming amount of music going on at each time slot. Day shows give you the chance to see a band you want to see, and free up that night-time slot.

In addition to the music, Hopscotch branches out into a couple of other areas including HOOPscotch, a charity basketball game, SHOPscotch, an artisan market, and a POSTERscotch exhibition.

Just like SXSW takes over the streets of Austin, TX every March, Hopscotch has grown in only 4 years to take over the Capital city for three days every September. And where SXSW is bloated, unmanageable, and corporately out of control, Hopscotch keeps its finger on the pulse of the town, keeping it local, and showcasing what the Tar Heel state has to offer to a grander cultural scene.

Attending Hopscotch in years past is up there with some of my most fulfilling music related memories. Becoming familiar with quality new bands through a live setting, being surrounded by thousands of like-minded music enthusiasts, and the overall positive atmosphere of this festival specifically trumps what other fests strive for.

Keep checking in with SceneSC for more Hopscotch coverage including band interviews, Top 10 Must See NC Bands, and more feature artist previews.

This Years Lineup

  • Action Bronson (Flushing, Queens, N.Y.)
  • Adult. (Detroit, Mich.)
  • Ahleuchatistas (Asheville, N.C.)
  • Airstrip (Durham, N.C.)
  • Alexander Turnquist (Hudson, N.Y.)
  • Alpoko Don (Greenville, S.C.)
  • Ama Divers (Durham, N.C.)
  • American Aquarium (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Amor de Días (London, England/Madrid, Spain)
  • Angel Olsen (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Arborea (Lewiston, Maine)
  • ASG (Wilmington, N.C.)
  • Ashrae Fax (Greensboro, N.C.)
  • Beloved Binge (Durham, N.C.)
  • Big Black Delta (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Big Boi (Atlanta, Ga.)
  • Bitter Resolve (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
  • Black Zinfandel (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Body Games (Carrboro, N.C.)
  • Boyzone (Carrboro, N.C.)
  • Broken Prayer (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Califone (Chicago, Ill./Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Casual Curious (Greensboro, N.C.)
  • Cesar Comanche (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Charalambides (Austin, Texas)
  • Charlemagne Palestine (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Chatham County Line (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Cian Nugent (Dublin, Ireland)
  • Co. (Charleston, S.C.)
  • Coke Bust (Washington, D.C.)
  • Cy Dune (Tucson, Az.)
  • Dan Friel (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • Daniel Bachman (Fredricksburg, Va.)
  • Dauwd (London, England)
  • David Grubbs (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • Deleted Scenes (Washington, D.C.)
  • Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba (Carrboro, N.C.)
  • DJ Paypal (Somewhere, N.C.)
  • Double Negative (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Doug Paisley (Toronto, Ont., Canada)
  • Drug Yacht (Durham, N.C.)
  • Dub Addis (Durham, N.C.)
  • Earl Sweatshirt (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Endless Boogie (New York, N.Y.)
  • Eros and the Eschaton (Greensboro, N.C.)
  • Estrangers (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
  • Evoken (Lyndhurst, N.J.)
  • Ex Cops (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • Ex-Cult (Memphis, Tenn.)
  • Expo ‘70 (Kansas City, Mo.)
  • Fat Tony (Houston, Texas)
  • Foot Village (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Future Islands (Baltimore, Md.)
  • Golden Void (San Francisco, Calif.)
  • Gorguts (Richmond, Quebec, Canada)
  • Gross Ghost (Carrboro, N.C.)
  • Grouper (Portland, Ore.)
  • Helado Negro (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • High Aura’d (Boston, Mass.)
  • High Highs (New York, N.Y.)
  • HIgh Wolf (Somewhere, France)
  • Holly Herndon (San Francisco, Calif.)
  • Horse Lords (Baltimore, Md.)
  • Houses (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Ilyas Ahmed (Portland, Ore.)
  • Inter Arma (Richmond, Va.)
  • Ironing Board Sam (Hillsborough, N.C.)
  • Jamaican Queens (Detroit, Mich.)
  • Jeanne Jolly (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • John Cale (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Jonathan Kane’s February (New York, N.Y.)
  • Katharine Whalen (Efland, N.C.)
  • Ken Vandermark & Tim Daisy Duo (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Kopecky Family Band (Nashville, Tenn.)
  • Kurt Vile and the Violators (Philadelphia, Penn.)
  • Lady Lamb The Beekeeper (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • Lapalux (Essex, England)
  • Last Year’s Men (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
  • Late Bloomer (Charlotte, N.C.)
  • Leech (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Libraness (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
  • Local Natives (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Loincloth (Richmond, Va./Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Lonnie Holley (Birmingham, Ala.)
  • Low (Duluth, Minn.)
  • Magik Markers (Holyoke, Mass./Easthampton/Mass.)
  • Majical Cloudz (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
  • Malcolm Holcombe (Weaverville, N.C.)
  • Maple Stave (Durham, N.C./Raleigh, N.C./San Francisco, Calif.)
  • Marnie Stern (New York, N.Y.)
  • Matmos (Baltimore, Md.)
  • Matthew Dear (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • Melissa Swingle (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
  • Merzbow (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Midnight Plus One (Carrboro, N.C.)
  • Mikal Cronin (Orange County, Calif.)
  • Mike Shiflet (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Morning Brigade (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
  • Mount Moriah (Durham, N.C.)
  • Nathan Bowles (Blacksburg, Va.)
  • Night Beds (Nashville, Tenn.)
  • Nightlands (Philadelphia, Penn.)
  • Noise Trauma (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Oblivians (Memphis, Tenn.)
  • Old Quarter (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Overmountain Men (Charlotte, N.C.)
  • OXYxMORON (Florence, S.C.)
  • Pelt (Madison, Wis./Blacksburg, Va.)
  • Pere Ubu (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Pharmakon (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • Pig Destroyer (Arlington, Va.)
  • Pissed Jeans (Allentown, Pa.)
  • Plume Giant (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • Protomartyr (Detroit, Mich.)
  • Prypyat (Durham, N.C.)
  • Purling Hiss (Philadelphia, Penn.)
  • Regina Hexaphone (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
  • Richard Bacchus & the Luckiest Girls (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Richard Youngs (Glasgow, Scotland)
  • Riton (London, England)
  • Rose Windows (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Ryan Gustafson’s The Dead Tongues (Durham, N.C.)
  • Ryan Hemsworth (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
  • Saints Apollo (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Sal Mineo (San Francisco, Calif.)
  • San Fermin (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • Schooner (Durham, N.C.)
  • Shannon Whitworth (Brevard, N.C.)
  • Shirlette Ammons T4GB (Durham, N.C.)
  • Slavic Soul Party! (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • Sleep (Oakland, Calif./Albuquerque, N.M.)
  • Solar Halos (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
  • Spacin’ (Philadelphia, Penn.)
  • Speedy Ortiz (Northampton, Mass.)
  • Spiritualized (London, England)
  • Spooky Woods (Durham, N.C.)
  • Survival (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • Suuns (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
  • Swearin’ (Philadelphia, Penn./Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • Sylvan Esso (Durham, N.C.)
  • Terry Anderson and the Olympic Ass-Kickin Team (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • The Backsliders (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • The Beets (Queens, N.Y.)
  • The Breeders (Dayton, Ohio/Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • The Dreebs (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • The Everymen (Tuckerton, N.J.)
  • The Human Eyes (Carrboro, N.C.)
  • The Kingsbury Manx (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
  • The Lollipops (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • The Rosebuds (Raleigh, N.C./Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • The Shilohs (Vancouver, B.C., Canada)
  • The South Carolina Broadcasters (Charleston, S.C./Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Toddlers (Carrboro, N.C.)
  • Tonk (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Torres (Nashville, Tenn.)
  • Turf War (Atlanta, Ga.)
  • Twilighter (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
  • UBT (Montreal, Quebec)
  • Villages (Asheville, N.C.)
  • Water Liars (Oxford, Miss.)
  • Waumiss (Carrboro, N.C.)
  • Waxahatchee (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • Whatever Brains (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Wichita Falls (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
  • Wold (Saskatchewan, Canada)
  • Wolf Eyes (East Lansing, Mich./Detroit, Mich.)
  • WOOL (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • XXYYXX (Orlando, Fla.)
  • Zen Frisbee (Chapel Hill, N.C.)

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