Raleigh, Raleigh, NC, US
Bio: Hopscotch Music Festival, recently called "America's (Secretly) Best Festival" and "the premiere experimental and underground festival in America", is celebrating its 5th Anniversary this September, 4-6. Featuring more than 160 bands over 3 days in downtown Raleigh, Hopscotch is known for adventurous lineups, memorable performances, and a fan-friendly atmosphere. From a large outdoor main stage in Raleigh City Plaza to intimate club shows, the festival offers music in almost every genre imaginable—rock, hip-hop, metal, folk, electronic, experimental, and more—and its schedule highlights this diversity each year. From its inception in 2010, Hopscotch has been a signature event for the creative community of Raleigh, North Carolina. Approximately 40% of the festival’s performers hail from in-state—a figure few, if any, nationally recognized music festivals can claim. With official programming stretching across 13 walkable venues, the SiteWork art exhibition, an annual photography exhibit, more than 30 day parties, and the newly announced Hopscotch Design Festival, Hopscotch is a city-wide celebration for locals and fans visiting from faraway locales. "Incredibly diverse."—The New York Times “Hopscotch is now the premier experimental and underground music festival in America”—Ad Hoc "Like South by Southwest minus the infestation of industry vermin and the clumsy bluster of corporate partyzillas"—Spin “Hopscotch has a reputation for reaching outside the established circle of known festival acts”—Noisey "10 years ago, downtown Raleigh was among the last places one would name to hold a cutting-edge, nationally significant music festival"—Glide Magazine Here's a sampling of bands who have played past Hopscotch festivals in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013: The Roots, The Flaming Lips, Public Enemy, Spiritualized, Local Natives, The Breeders, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Broken Social Scene, Future Islands, John Cale, Kurt Vile, Action Bronson, Sunn O))), Sleep, A-Trak, Guided by Voices, Liars, Drive-By Truckers, Earl Sweatshirt, Yo La Tengo, Built to Spill, Panda Bear, J Mascis, Raekwon, Swans, Titus Andronicus, Sharon Van Etten, Japandroids, Flosstradamus, No Age, The Dodos, The Mountain Goats, Fucked Up, Corrosion of Conformity, Best Coast, Future Islands, Cold Cave, The War on Drugs, Superchunk, Akron/Family, Dan Deacon, Bear in Heaven, Black Lips, Rhys Chatham's Guitar Trio, Killer Mike, Colin Stetson, Lambchop, Thee Oh Sees, Megafaun, The Men, Earth, Tortoise, Six Organs of Admittance, The Rosebuds, Lucero, Deerhoof, Liturgy, Zola Jesus, Mount Eerie, Oren Ambarchi, Sir Richard Bishop, Yelawolf, Wye Oak, Atlas Sound, Harvey Milk, Danny Brown, The Necks, Toro y Moi, The Spits, Richard Buckner, Bill Orcutt, Double Negative, Cults, Jeff the Brotherhood, Juliana Barwick, Kylesa, Lower Dens, Ben Frost, Nick Catchdubs, Budos Band, Prurient, Whatever Brains, Bowerbirds Krallice, Matthew E. White's One Incantation Under God, Woods, Ford & Lopatin, Altar of Plagues, Times New Viking, Papa M, The Body, William Tyler, The Foreign Exchange, Oxbow, Julia Holter, Beans, Nails, Bombadil, Chris Corsano, Laurel Halo, Collections of Colonies of Bees, Lost in the Trees, Dustin Wong, Locrian, Harlem, Apache Dropout, The DB's, Alvarius B, The Old Ceremony, Azure Ray, Mountains, Deakin, Holograms, Spider Bags, and more!