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Hopscotch Music Festival
returns for it’s ninth year to downtown Raleigh, N.C., Sept. 6-8. Described as “America’s (secretly) best festival” and “the premiere experimental and underground festival in America,” Hopscotch features over 120 acts performing within Raleigh’s walkable downtown footprint.
This year’s main stage headliners will be Miguel, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Grizzly Bear, The Flaming Lips, MC50 performing MC5’s ‘Kick out the Jams’, and more. Full mainstage bills are:
Red Hat Amphitheater: Friday, Sept 7
Red Hat Amphitheater: Saturday, Sept 8
Nile Rodgers & Chic
City Plaza: Thursday, Sept 6
The Flaming Lips
City Plaza: Friday, Sept 7
City Plaza: Saturday, Sept 8
Individual tickets for main stage shows and one-day passes are on sale now.
Single show passes for all City Plaza and Red Hat shows as well as 1-Day passes are on sale today!
Passes and tickets are limited.
Miguel, Nile Rodgers & Chic, The Flaming Lips, Grizzly Bear, MC50, Sleep, The Revolution, Vic Mensa, DVSN, Moses Sumney, Real Estate, Thundercat, Mipso, Liz Phair, Speedy Ortiz, Waxahatchee, The Jayhawks, Gang Gang Dance, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Skeletonwitch, US Girls, The Love Language, Lee Ranaldo, Everything Is Terrible!, HC McEntire, Zack Mexico, Hatchie, Yawpers, Jennifer Castle, m8alla, Boulevards, Sun Seeker, Cris Jacobs Band, Deaf Wish, Kilbourne, Warm Bodies, House and Land, Glenn Jones, Ought, Red Fang, Body/Head, Swearin’, Monolord, Allie X, No Age, Circuit Des Yeux, Charnel Ground, Shopping, Hailu Mergia, Grouper, Mind Over Mirrors, Chad VanGaaleen, Escape-ism, Zephaniah Ohora, Mary Lattimore & Meg Baird, Combo Chimbita, Nicolay and the Hot at Nights, Still Corners, Julie Byrne, Armand Hammer, Mhysa, Empath, Molly Burch, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Omni, Michal Rault, Nosebleed, Lomelda, The Spirit of the Beehive, Paint Fumes, Breathers, Contour, Nance, Lightning Born, Patois Counselors, Young Bull, It Looks Sad, Haircut, Elephant Micah, Grown, Stevie, Drag Sounds, Vacant Company, Spookstina, Caps, Vanity Plates, Thoom, Sneaks, Palberta, Renata Zeigur, Abdu Ali, w00dy, Karaoke, Nathan Bowles Trip, Pamela_ and Her Sons, Blue Cactus, Indigo De Souza, Oceanator, Joe Westerlund, Spaceheater, 1970s Film Stock, Alex Brown, Mistresses, Anna St Louis, Dex Romwebber, Night Shop, Erica Eso, Shorn Silk, Romantic States, Se Ward, Fitness Womxn, Das Drip, Blanko Basnet, Jessie and the Jinx, A/V Geeks, Bangzz, Black Box Theory, Sun Studies, Beauty World, Heavensend, The Tom Peters Theremin Order
Hopscotch is programmed by executive director Nathan Price. Grant Lyman, President of Live Nation Carolinas, the company that is responsible for the city-owned Red Hat Amphitheater’s calendar, worked closely with Price to program the main stage bills.
PREVIOUS REVIEWS FOR HOPSCOTCH MUSIC FESTIVAL
“Hopscotch is now the premiere experimental and underground festival in America”—Ad Hoc
“Hopscotch is a weird and wonderful festival largely because no one group of people define it. It is not just for industry types. It is not just for teenagers with floral crowns. It is not just for the Glow People. And by being for no one in particular, it ends up being for everyone. In three days of music, I met all of those types, plus married couples, college kids, cratediggers, in-towners and out-of-towners. Come one, come all.”—Brightest Young Things, D.C.
“Hopscotch Music Festival is one of the best and most eclectic music festivals in America.” —Spin
“Hopscotch: perfection, indeed” —The News & Observer, Raleigh
“Like most who know of its perfection, I’m almost afraid to gush too much at the risk of jinxing or ruining the best three days of music experiences one can be given. It’s SXSW without the stress, corporate overwhelming smack across the face, and dare I say Raleigh, NC becomes the most special town in the world for this one weekend.Perfectly curated with a blind ear to any buzz, specific genre, or anything else…Hopscotch Festival can turn the biggest music snob cynic into a carefree music lover once again. The word perfect is thrown around lightly all over the place (I misuse it all the time), but that’s the only word to describe this dream of a music festival…PERFECT.”—We Listen For You, Louisville
“In Raleigh Thursday through Saturday, it was all about an extraordinarily cool roster of bands. With streets cordoned off throughout the downtown area, thousands of people … wandered among ten participating music venues, creating a Mardi Gras-like atmosphere.” —Rolling Stone
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