Hopscotch Music Festival returns for its eighth year to downtown Raleigh, N.C., this Sept. 7-10. 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.
Hopscotch 2017 is highlighted by the expansion of programming 3-days at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater from Sept 7-10, and the introduction of the introduction of the Raleigh Convention Center’s Exhibition Hall (‘The Basement’) to its participating venues. This year’s main stage headliners will be Solange, Future Islands, Run the Jewels, Big Boi, Angel Olsen, and Margo Price.
Hopscotch is programmed by executive director Nathan Price. Grant Lyman, Senior Vice President of Booking at Live Nation Carolinas, the company that is responsible for the city-owned Red Hat Amphitheater’s calendar, worked closely with Price to program the 3-days at Red Hat Amphitheater.
34 BANDS / ARTISTS ADDED Kaytranada, iLoveMakonnen, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Blanck Mass, Japanese Breakfast, Songs: Molina, Madame Gandhi, Flock of Dimes, Rafiq Bhatia, Loamlands, Cayetana, Cende, G Yamazawa, Whores, Spaceface, P.A.T. Junior, ZenSoFly, Dylan Earl, The Veldt, Hand Habits, Faye, Black Sage, All the Saints, Beverly Tender, H.O.W., Floor Model, Bask, Jooselord Magnus, Lazer Background, BrassiousMonk, Acid Reign, Dim Delights, WNC String Ensemble, John Saturley - See the full lineup at hopscotchmusicfest.com
DAY PARTIES Hopscotch Music Festival is happy to reveal the 2017 Day Party Series! From the beginning, the Hopscotch day party offerings have been a favorite of fans and bands alike—a locally focused afternoon complement to the official festival, which runs for three evenings across 12 venues in downtown Raleigh. The parties are a culmination of coordination between venues, artists, promoters, and supporters; each want more people to enjoy the revelry that is Hopscotch weekend.
See the full list of day parties here.
TICKETS VIP, General Admission, 1-Day passes, and single passes to City Plaza and Red Hat Amphitheatre are on sale now at www.hopscotchmusicfest.com/tickets.
Each of these passes allows entry into all festival clubs, three City Plaza headlining shows, and three Red Hat Amphitheater headlining shows.
THIRD ANNUAL HOPSCOTCH DESIGN FESTIVAL, SEPT. 8 - 9 Hopscotch Design Festival—a partnership between Hopscotch Music Festival and New Kind—gathers prominent thinkers, makers, and storytellers to share ideas and foster conversations about how design is shaping the future. It features national and local presenters who work across graphic design, urban planning, user experience design, technology, architecture, music, food, film, and more. Hopscotch Design is a two-day festival of interactive sessions, workshops, and parties taking place in multiple venues in downtown Raleigh, Sept. 8-9.
For the latest updates, visit http://hopscotchdesignfest.com.
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