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Hopscotch Festival returns to Raleigh September 5-7 with headliners Sleater-Kinney, James Blake, Jenny Lewis and CHVRCHES

It’s the beginning of the end of summer, which means students are returning to school, fantasy football leagues are starting back up again, but even more importantly, it’s almost time for the greatest weekend of the year in Raleigh – Hopscotch Music Festival.

Hopscotch Music Festival is turning 10 this year and has assured attendees they will be pulling out all the stops for this big milestone. The three-day festival held in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina returns September 5-7 and has announced its lineup of over 100 performers. This year’s headliners include Sleater-Kinney, James Blake, and CHVRCHES. The rest of the bill packs an even bigger punch, with artists such as Jenny Lewis, Deerhunter, Phantogram, JPEGMAFIA, and Snail Mail.

While so many festivals these days come under fire for catering too much to Top 40 radio acts, Hopscotch has maintained its legacy as a true indie festival. With its wide variety of genres, the festival continues to draw around 25,000 music lovers to the area for a weekend jam-packed with extraordinary acts and memorable moments.

Described as “America’s (secretly) best festival” and “the premiere experimental and underground festival in America,” Hopscotch offers a unique experience, with performances being held within Raleigh’s walkable downtown footprint. Every year the festival takes over the heart of downtown, including many of its local music venues and notable clubs.

For their 10 year anniversary, Hopscotch is bringing back a tradition from their early days — artist curated bills. They have asked 10 North Carolina artists to curate bills across the weekend including Little Brother, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, Birds of Avalon, Nest Egg, Resonancy, No Love, Solar Halos, Museum Mouth, Crowmeat Bob, and Gudiya.

Chvrches at Summerfest. Photo by Meghan Quadracci.

Catch Sleater-Kinney, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Snail Mail and The Nude Party perform on the main stage at Raleigh City Plaza on Thursday, Sept. 5.

James Blake, Dirty Projectors and Faye Webster will headline the Red Hat Amphitheater stage on Friday, Sept. 6, while Jenny Lewis, Purple Mountains and Tyler Ramsey will play the City Plaza stage.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, Chvrches, Phantogram and !!! (chk chk chk) play the Red Hat Amphitheater stage, while Little Brother, Raphael Saadiq, Lute and Indigo De Souza with Icky Bricketts play City Plaza.

In addition to the nightly shows, free day parties are scattered throughout the city featuring local bands and music showcases.

The full schedule with late night venues and times will be announced within the upcoming week, along with day party lineups. VIP, General Admission three-day passes, and single-day passes are currently on sale through the Hopscotch website.

Madelyn Matthews
Madelyn Matthews is a Live Music photographer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also specializes in nature photography and portraiture. Madelyn's work is at madelynblairphoto.com.

Hopscotch Festival returns to Raleigh September 5-7 with headliners Sleater-Kinney, James Blake, Jenny Lewis and CHVRCHES

It’s the beginning of the end of summer, which means students are returning to school, fantasy football leagues are starting back up again, but even more importantly, it’s almost time for the greatest weekend of the year in Raleigh – Hopscotch Music Festival.

Hopscotch Music Festival is turning 10 this year and has assured attendees they will be pulling out all the stops for this big milestone. The three-day festival held in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina returns September 5-7 and has announced its lineup of over 100 performers. This year’s headliners include Sleater-Kinney, James Blake, and CHVRCHES. The rest of the bill packs an even bigger punch, with artists such as Jenny Lewis, Deerhunter, Phantogram, JPEGMAFIA, and Snail Mail.

While so many festivals these days come under fire for catering too much to Top 40 radio acts, Hopscotch has maintained its legacy as a true indie festival. With its wide variety of genres, the festival continues to draw around 25,000 music lovers to the area for a weekend jam-packed with extraordinary acts and memorable moments.

Described as “America’s (secretly) best festival” and “the premiere experimental and underground festival in America,” Hopscotch offers a unique experience, with performances being held within Raleigh’s walkable downtown footprint. Every year the festival takes over the heart of downtown, including many of its local music venues and notable clubs.

For their 10 year anniversary, Hopscotch is bringing back a tradition from their early days — artist curated bills. They have asked 10 North Carolina artists to curate bills across the weekend including Little Brother, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, Birds of Avalon, Nest Egg, Resonancy, No Love, Solar Halos, Museum Mouth, Crowmeat Bob, and Gudiya.

Chvrches at Summerfest. Photo by Meghan Quadracci.

Catch Sleater-Kinney, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Snail Mail and The Nude Party perform on the main stage at Raleigh City Plaza on Thursday, Sept. 5.

James Blake, Dirty Projectors and Faye Webster will headline the Red Hat Amphitheater stage on Friday, Sept. 6, while Jenny Lewis, Purple Mountains and Tyler Ramsey will play the City Plaza stage.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, Chvrches, Phantogram and !!! (chk chk chk) play the Red Hat Amphitheater stage, while Little Brother, Raphael Saadiq, Lute and Indigo De Souza with Icky Bricketts play City Plaza.

In addition to the nightly shows, free day parties are scattered throughout the city featuring local bands and music showcases.

The full schedule with late night venues and times will be announced within the upcoming week, along with day party lineups. VIP, General Admission three-day passes, and single-day passes are currently on sale through the Hopscotch website.

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