Shaking Up North Carolina For A Decade – The Hopscotch Music Festival


This past September, Raleigh’s famous Hopscotch Music Festival has celebrated its tenth year of the annual celebration. They had famous artists like CHVRCHES, James Blake, Phantogram, and Sleater-Kinney. The music festival took place in Raleigh’s downtown area in 11 areas. The main stages of the festival were the venues Red Hat Amphitheater and the City Plaza. The festival is held for three days in early September.

Hopscotch Music Festival
Hopscotch Music Festival

What Is It All About?

The Hopscotch Music Festival is different from the rest of the music festivals because a quarter of their band lineup consists of bands from in the state. Come Hear NC is a promotional campaign started up by the North Carolina Department of Natural And Cultural Resources as well as the North Carolina Arts Council. The promotional campaign is in a partnership with the Hopscotch Music Festival. The objective of Come Hear NC is that the impact made to American music by artists from North Carolina to be highlighted. The campaign celebrates musical pioneers like James Taylor, George Clinton, and John Coltrane. The famous hip-hop duo Little Brother’s appearance in the music festival might be the most prominent one out of all of the local bands appearing at the festival. The pair hasn’t performed in a festival ever since they disbanded back in 2010. They recently put out an album that has raving reviews. Other famous artists are attending the festival that also put out an album this same year. It means that there’s a plethora of fresh material they can show off at the festival.

Is It Worth Attending?

There is music for people with any taste at all in Hopscotch. The venues in the festival will bring you to small bars and clubs to outdoor amphitheatres. There are over one hundred bands in the lineup at the music festival. There are artists at the festival that do hip-hop, folk, rock, metal, experimental, rock, and electronic music. The setup of the festival is unique as there is no central location to go to since it’ll allow the festival attendees to listen to what they want. If they wish to listen to the lesser-known artists or the headliners, they can. If they can’t stay at the festival for the entire day, they can enjoy the music at their own pace.

Music artists at the festival
Music artists at the festival

It might be worth it to attend the festival for the artists that play earlier than the rest of the artists. The Hopscotch Music Festival is an event that people know to have excellent underground music. The festival curated artists as they asked ten artists from the state to become a part of the lineup. They even requested artists that already were attendees of the festival so that they could fill up their lineup. Getting artists from the state improves the set of underground artists that are rising through the charts that they have in the festival. The festival has numerous underground artists, many local acts, and an extensive lineup that’s filled with headliners. There was a lot that happened in the 10th iteration of the Hopscotch Music Festival. The festival is a fantastic experience, so make sure to grab a ticket for the next one whenever you can.

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