With 120 bands over 3 days, 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 features music in almost every genre imaginable—rock, hip-hop, metal, folk, electronic, experimental, and more—and its schedule highlights this diversity each year. Spin Magazine has highlighted it as one of the best and most eclectic music festivals in America.
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 12 walkable venues, an art exhibition, more than 30 day parties, and the Hopscotch Design Festival, Hopscotch is a city-wide celebration for locals and fans visiting from faraway locales.
The Hopscotch Festival will be headquartered in the Raleigh Convention Center at 500 S. Salisbury Street. This is the place to pick-up your wristbands that permit you access to the shows. A variety of event tickets are for sale. While many events are free, to access certain shows you can purchase a VIP, 3-Day, or 1-Day pass or a single headlining show ticket. For ticket information, go to http://hopscotchmusicfest.com/tickets/
Hopscotch 2016 is highlighted by the addition of Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater, and the re-introduction of the renovated Memorial Auditorium to its participating venues. Erykah Badu and Gary Clark Jr. are scheduled to perform in Red Hat Amphitheater. The festival’s outdoor stage in Raleigh City Plaza will host Wolf Parade and Wye Oak; Beach House, Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, and The Dead Tongues; Sylvan Esso, Vince Staples, and Tuskha.Young Thug, Andrew Bird, Television, Converge, Big Freedia, Kelela, William Basinski, Baroness, Demdike Stare, Mr. Carmack, Twin Peaks, Beach Slang, Julien Baker, Lavender Country, Tribulation, YOB, and many more will play in 10 other venues around the city.
In addition to the featured musical performers you need to pay to see, there are also various day party events that are free to the public. The list is extensive!! For a full list, go to http://hopscotchmusicfest.com/news/hopscotch-day-party-series-2016/
A new event to the festival this year is a Sunrise Yoga event. The festival has partnered with KIND and Happy + Hale for a first ever Sunrise Yoga in City Plaza on Friday, Sept. 9 from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Join this free “bring your own mat” event, taught by Carrington Jackson. After the event, stick around for a healthy morning pick-me-up from KIND and Happy + Hale, giveaways from Athleta.
Hopscotch is programmed by festival founder Greg Lowenhagen and talent coordinator Nathan Price. Additionally, for the first time, Knoxville’s AC Entertainment (Bonnaroo, Big Ears) worked with them to help book the festival’s largest venues—City Plaza, Red Hat Amphitheater, and Memorial Auditorium.