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. Full main stage bills will be released later this summer. All remaining VIP and 3-Day passes are on sale Thursday, May 11 at 10 a.m. through www.hopscotchmusicfest.com and www.etix.com. 1-Day passes will go on sale later this summer. 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. This year’s poster was designed by Kaanchee Gandhi using the paintings of artist Elena Johnston.
2017 LINEUP Absent Lovers, Acid Chaperone, Advance Base, Ahleuchatistas, Albert Adams, Aldous Harding, Alessandro Cortini, Ami Dang, Angel Olsen, Arone Dyer’s Dronechoir, Arrow Benjamin, Aunt Sis, Bellows, Beverly, Big Boi, Big Thief, Bill Kouligas, Birds of Avalon, Blois, blursome, Body Games, BODYKIT, Boy Harsher, Buke & Gase, Busdriver, Cass McCombs Band, Cherry Glazerr, Cloud Nothings, Cones, Cory Hanson, Dear Nora, Essex Muro, EZTV, Florist, Future Islands, gobbinjr, Happy Abandon, Har Mar Superstar, Hoops, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Jenny Besetzt, Jlin, Jock Gang, Kayo Dot, Kevin Morby, King Woman, Konvoi, Late Bloomer, M.E.S.H., Machinedrum, Mannequin Pussy, Margo Price, Marie Davidson, Mary Timony Plays Helium, Melkbelly, METZ, Monk Parker, Moon Racer, Mount Eerie, Mount Moriah, MOURN, Mourning Cloak, Museum Mouth, Naked Naps, Natural Velvet, NE-HI, Nest Egg, No One Mind, Noname, Ó, Oddisee & Good Compny, Pallbearer, Peaer, Pie Face Girls, Preoccupations, Protomartyr, PWR BTTM, Rapsody, Reflex Arc, Richard Lloyd, Run The Jewels, Sand Pact, serpentwithfeet, Severed Fingers, Shane Parish, Shepherds, Sir the Baptist, Skylar Gudasz, Snail Mail, Solange, Sound of Ceres, Sunflower Bean, Susto, Tei Shi, The Afghan Whigs, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Coke Dares, The Kneads, The Make-Up, The Mineral Girls, The Notekillers, The Tills, Thee Oh Sees, Thou, Torche, Totally Slow, Truth Club, Yves Tumor
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