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Hopscotch Music Festival Lineup Revealed

April 22, 2011

Raleigh has always maintained an obscure spot in the Southeastern music scene. A short drive from indie hotbeds such as Chapel Hill and Durham, North Carolina’s capital city has fought hard to define its own reputation amongst music lovers.

Last year, the city hosted its first annual Hopscotch Music Festival, an inaugural event that was hailed by many for its impressive delivery of many top notch performers from across the country. Thursday’s revelation of the 2011 edition reassured that Raleigh’s music party wouldn’t go down as a one-hit-wonder.

The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Japandroids, Yelawulf and Swans top off a 135-band assembly that will turn 12 of Raleigh’s greatest venues into a bustling musical showcase September 8th, 9th and 10th.

Numerous local artists are also included on the bill, such as Des Ark and Lonnie Walker.

Twelve different venues will host performers all weekend throughout downtown Raleigh, while the city plaza will host headlinig acts such as Drive By Truckers and The Dodos.

Owned by The Independent Weekly, the festival was founded by Greg Lowenhagen and co-director is Grayson Currin, who managed to sell first-year tickets for the weekend for a mere $45. (That’s some beautiful, recession proof festival birthing.)

Yet, with success comes greater costs.

This year’s access pass sits at a fair $65, however all-access passes to headliner shows as well as smaller club passage sit at a healthy $105. (V.I.P. wristbands are currently $155.) Nonetheless, a look at that lineup more than justifies the sacrifice. (J Mascis, Black Lips, Beans, Disappears, Royal Bands…etc.) You can purchase tickets immediately here.

The reemergence of Hopscotch is a friendly addition to a growing family of Southeastern city-hosted music festivals in the North Carolina/Tennessee area. Knoxville’ Big Ears, Asheville’s Moogfest and Memphis’ Beale Street are all excellent examples of the benefits urban music festivals can provide.

As a Carolinian myself, I’m proud to see Raleigh not only following suit, but doing it well. With their own flavor.

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