Hopscotch Festival

Hopscotch Festival, North CarolinaHopscotch Festival takes place at Raleigh, North Carolina

Hopscotch Festival 2012 dates – 6th to 8th September

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The History of the Hopscotch Festival

Hopscotch Music Festivalis an annual music festival in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. It is presented by the Independent Weekly, a locally owned alternative weekly newspaper and media company, and takes place the second Thursday through Saturday in September.

The first Hopscotch Music Festival took place September 9-11, 2010. It featured 130 bands in 10 venues.

The headliners were hip-hop’s most legendary group, Public Enemy, with Los Angeles trio No Age and Raleigh’s The Love Language (Saturday) and indie rock giants Panda Bear and Broken Social Scene with Raleigh’s The Rosebuds (Friday). A surprise performance by Raleigh’s Helping Hand Mission Marching Band electrified the audience prior to Public Enemy’s performance.

Hopscotch Director Greg Lowenhagen, also the Independent Weekly’s marketing director, came up with the idea for the festival after moving back to the Triangle area from Austin and Chicago: “When I returned from being away, I realized the Triangle, with its strong music heritage and abundance of local talent, seemed ready for a different, more nationally recognizable festival to call its own.”

Hopscotch Curator Grayson Currin, also the Independent Weekly’s music editor: “Several music festivals in the Triangle make it clear how strong the talent in North Carolina is, and they do it better and better each year. We don’t want to replace that. Rather, we want to expand on it by showing that this area has the caliber of bands and listeners that can support a big music festival.”

Steve Schewel, founder and owner of the Independent Weekly: “The Triangle has been thirsting for a big-bang urban music festival, and that’s why, after 26 years of writing about music in our community, the Independent is bringing Hopscotch to town”

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