Hopscotch Music Festival Lineup Expands

Hip-hop pioneer Raekwon, psychedelic lords Dungen, gorgeous folk act Bowerbirds, lo-fi rockers Woods, noise metallurgists Locrian and a dozen others to the lineup of its inaugural Hopscotch Music Festival, the Triangle's biggest music festival ever.

Scheduled for Sept. 9-11, 2010, in downtown Raleigh, with 120 bands in 10 venues over three days, Hopscotch offers fans stellar local, national and international options in just about every genre you can imagineórock, hip-hop, alt-country, heavy metal, dance, punk, classical, noise, drone, folk and more.

These latest additions strengthen a lineup that already includes Public Enemy, Panda Bear, Broken Social Scene, The Love Language, No Age, Akron/Family, The Rosebuds, Washed Out, Tortoise, Lucero, 9th Wonder, Marissa Nadler, Harvey Milk, f***ed Up, Javelin, Richard Buckner, Megafaun, Kylesa, Atlas Sound, Harlem, Bear in Heaven and about 100 others.

"These new acts reflect the approach we've taken from the beginningówe want diverse and noteworthy people to play Hopscotch, whether they're from here or outside the Triangle," says Hopscotch director Greg Lowenhagen. "The artists represent a variety of musical genres and do it as well as anyone. As fans first and organizers second, that was essential to us."
Raekwon will join Grammy-winning producer 9th Wonder of Durham, NC on Friday, Sept. 10, at Lincoln Theatre for a showcase curated by 9th Wonder. Nearly a dozen local groups will join that bill, including Actual Proof, The Away Team, Big Remo, Kaze, K-Hill, Rapsody, The Remix Project, Skyzoo and Tyler Woods.

Hopscotch is adding a strong pool of local acts to its inaugural lineup, too: Raleigh rockers Bright Young Things will play, as will Chapel Hill's two-drummer, two-bassist terror squad, In the Year of the Pig. Asheville's soulful Floating Action and Chapel Hill's anxious Bellafea complete the lineup additions.

The response to Hopscotch since the initial announcement has been overwhelming. The festival has already drawn mention from The New York Times, The News & Observer, Brooklyn Vegan, Pitchfork Media, Earfarm, Consequence of Sound, Tiny Mix Tapes and a host of others. VIP passes sold out for the festival in less than two weeks, and most of the festival's $85 all-show wristbands are gone.

"So far, the response from the community has been tremendous. The fans, bands, media, and just about everyone else we've heard from have embraced the idea of Hopscotch," says Lowenhagen. "We're even more motivated than before to deliver a high-quality event."

The festival will be headlined by two nights in Raleigh City Plaza, downtown's crown jewel, which opened last fall. Indie rock giants PANDA BEAR and BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE will headline Friday, Sept. 10, with support from Triangle favorites THE ROSEBUDS. Hip-hop's most legendary group, PUBLIC ENEMY, will headline with a rare full-band set on Saturday, Sept. 11. Los Angeles trio NO AGE and Raleigh's THE LOVE LANGUAGE will open.


Actual Proof, The Away Team, Bellafea, Big Remo, Bowerbirds, Bright Young Things, Dungen, Floating Action, In the Year of the Pig, Kaze, K-Hill, Locrian, Raekwon, Rapsody, The Remix Project, Skyzoo, Tyler Woods, Woods


9th Wonder, Active Child, Actual Proof, Akron/Family, All Tiny Creatures, American Aquarium, Americans in France, Aminal, Aquarelle, Atlas Sound, The Away Team, Balmorhea, Bear in Heaven, Bellafea, Best Coast, Big Remo, Birds of Avalon, Black Congo NC, Bowerbirds, DJ George Brazil, Bright Young Things, Broken Social Scene, Brutal Knights, Richard Buckner, Burning Star Core, Cannabis Corpse, Caitlin Cary's Small Ponds with Tres Chicas, Collections of Colonies of Bees, Cults, Greg Davis, Dex Romweber Duo, Double Dagger, Double Negative, Dungen, The Dynamite Brothers, EAR PWR, ExMonkeys, First Rate People, Floating Action, Followed by Static, Ben Frost, f***ed Up, Future Islands, Golden Boys, The Golden Filter, Goner, Gray Young, Ryan Gustafson, Hammer No More the Fingers, Harlem, Harvey Milk, Horseback, John Howie Jr. & The Rosewood Bluff, In the Year of the Pig, I Was Totally Destroying It, Javelin, Jeb Bishop Trio, Juan Huevos, Kaze, K-Hill, Kill the Noise, The Kingsbury Manx, Kooley High, Kylesa, The Light Pines, Locrian, Lonnie Walker, The Love Language, Lucero, Luego, Max Indian, Erin McKeown, Megafaun, DJ Merlin, Midtown Dickens, The Moaners, The Monologue Bombs, Motor Skills, Mountains, Jon Mueller, Marissa Nadler, No Age, NOMO, Ocean, Old Bricks, Panda Bear, Pattern Is Movement, Pictureplane, Plague, Pontiak, Public Enemy, Raekwon, Rapsody, The Remix Project, The Rosebuds, Ned Rothenberg, DJ Sami Automatic, Schooner, Sightings, Sleepy Sun, spcl gst, Spider Bags, Thien, Tigercity, Tortoise, Treasure Fingers, Tyler Woods, US Christmas, Sharon Van Etten, Veelee, Vincent Black Shadow, War on Drugs, Washed Out, Weedeater, Wet Mango, Whatever Brains, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Woods, Yip-Yip.


Hopscotch Music Festival is located entirely in downtown Raleigh, meaning all 10 venues are encompassed within a mere 8 block area. The participating venues include: The Berkeley Cafe, Deep South the Bar, Five Star, The Hive at Busy Bee, Kings, Lincoln Theatre, The Pour House, Raleigh City Plaza, Slim's and Tir Na Nog.

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