Independent Weekly’s Hopscotch Music Festival Lineup, Ticket Info and More

Independent Weekly’s Hopscotch Music Festival Lineup, Ticket Info and More

March, 31, 2010, by Jedidiah

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Ever since word of the Hopscotch Music Festival started hitting the streets, we knew that, considering the folks organizing it, it would be one of the biggest music festivals to hit the Raleigh area in a long time, if not ever.

Hopscotch Director Greg Lowenhagen and Curator and Independent Weekly Music Editor Grayson Currin have been working for months on getting a lineup that includes a good mix of local and national groups. The Hopscotch Music Festival will take over downtown Sept. 9-11, 2010 with 120 bands in 10 venues over three days with music ranging from rock, hip-hop, alt-country, heavy metal, dance, punk, classical, noise, drone, folk and more. The wait for the lineup is over and below you will find almost all of it (a few more bands will be announced on April 12th).

Panda Bear

The headliners include Animal Collective’s PANDA BEAR (one of only two shows he will perform in the United States this year, the other being a headlining slot at the Pitchfork Music Festival) and BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE on Friday in Raleigh City Plaza, with Triangle favorites THE ROSEBUDS opening. On Saturday, City Plaza will be the playground for hip-hop legends, PUBLIC ENEMY, headlining and Los Angeles noise-punk trio NO AGE and Raleigh’s lo-fi THE LOVE LANGUAGE opening.

The two city Plaza shows (Panda Bear/BSS/Rosebuds on Friday; Public Enemy/No Age/Love Language on Saturday) start about 6 p.m. on those days. The clubs open each night at 9 p.m

Public Enemy

From there, nine venues in downtown will be filled with over 110 bands in three days. These bands come, as mentioned, from all realms of music and much the lineup may not seem immediately recognizable. The Indy has not only picked some great nationally known names, but have also put together a great collection of buzz bands that are sure to shape the sound of 2k10. First Rate People, Best Coast, All Tiny Creatures, The Golden Filter, Harlem, Cults, Washed Out and The War on Drugs are just a few of the bands that you’ll sure to be hearing more from in the coming months, many of which have fabulous albums coming out. Others like Tortoise, Collection of Colonies of Bees, Bear in Heaven, Fucked Up, Atlas Sound and Harvey Milk show the diversity in the nationally chosen lineup while the local band names are many of the fabulous usuals with a few newcomers thrown in the mix.

Broken Social Scene

120 bands in three days rivals the large festivals like Coachella, Pitchfork and others that bring in this many bands to one place in such a small amount of time. If there’s one thing for sure, Downtown’s economy will sky-rocket over these three days. There should be a diverse crowd coming into town from all areas, especially considering some of the headliners that don’t play too many live shows around the country (currently Broken Social Scene only has a handful of US dates between now and September and Public Enemy has only a few more, with Panda Bear having the least at two).

Also, we have written a few times in the past few years about how Downtown Raleigh needed a musical facelift since losing a few well loved venues. Considering Kings is reopening this summer and now Hopscotch will spread out to so many venues in town (and there are sure to be day-parties, after-parties, party-parties, and more at other smaller “venues”), downtown may see a resurgence in the next few years of bands coming back to the area. Venues for the festival will 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. All ten venues are within an eight-block walking radius.

Lots more information including the lineup below:


Admission for Hopscotch Music Festival is designed to suit a wide range of fans. Individual tickets for the shows in Raleigh City Plaza—on Friday, Sept. 10, featuring Panda Bear, Broken Social Scene and The Rosebuds; on Saturday, Sept. 11, featuring Public Enemy, No Age and The Love Language—cost $30 each. For $45, fans can buy a wristband that allows entry into all nine festival clubs for all three days. A limited number of $85 wristbands gain fans admission to both City Plaza shows and all clubs, saving $20 off of face value. A very limited number of $120 VIP wristbands are available. Those wristbands include skip-the-line access to all shows and a VIP festival kickoff party on Thursday, Sept. 9.

In cooperation with cosponsor, Hopscotch Music Festival is offering wristbands and tickets to all fans with reduced service charges. To purchase tickets and wristbands, visit or


Hopscotch Music Festival asked five Triangle bands—Future Islands, Caitlin Cary’s Small Ponds, Juan Huevos, ExMonkeys and Plague—to curate their own shows as part of our Band’s Bands Series. Future Islands’ five-band bill puts their own electro-soul alongside the mash-up funhouse of Javelin, the meaty three-piece punk of Double Dagger, the dance music of Pictureplane and the zany EAR PWR at The Berkeley Cafe on Thursday, Sept. 9. Caitlin Cary recruited some of her favorite locals and Righteous Babe Records singer-songwriter Erin McKeown for a show at Deep South the Bar Friday, Sept. 10.


Through the length of the festival, Hopscotch Music Festival will present free discussions between musicians and authors at the Raleigh City Museum. For instance, when Public Enemy performs in Raleigh City Plaza on Saturday, Sept. 11, Christopher R. Weingarten—music critic for The Village Voice and Rolling Stone and the author of a new book about Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back—will join several special guests to talk about that album and its legacy. More events will be announced in the next several months.


Several North Carolina artists, including Skillet Gilmore, Kristin Matwiczyk, Scott Nurkin and Chris Williams, will design limited-edition posters for Hopscotch Music Festival. They’ll sell them at the festival and keep all of the proceeds from each sale.

FULL LINEUP (with a few names to be added later):

9th Wonder & Friends (including a dozen local rappers, plus 1-2 very special, big national guests)
Active Child
All Tiny Creatures
American Aquarium
Americans in France
Atlas Sound
Bear in Heaven
Best Coast
Birds of Avalon
Jeb Bishop Trio
Black Congo NC
Richard Buckner
Burning Star Core
DJ George Brazil
Broken Social Scene
Brutal Knights
Caitlin Cary & Small Ponds with Tres Chicas
Cannabis Corpse
Collections of Colonies of Bees
Greg Davis
Double Dagger
Double Negative
The Dynamite Brothers
First Rate People
Followed by Static
Ben Frost
Fucked Up
Future Islands
Golden Boys
The Golden Filter
Gray Young
Ryan Gustafson
Hammer No More the Fingers
Harvey Milk
Horseback (full metal band debut)
John Howie Jr & The Rosewood Bluff
I Was Totally Destroying It
Kill the Noise
The Kingsbury Manx
Kooley High
The Light Pines
Lonnie Walker
The Love Language
Max Indian
Eric McKeown
Midtown Dickens
The Monologue Bombs
Jon Mueller
Motor Skills
Marissa Nadler
Midtown Dickens
The Moaners
No Age
Old Bricks
Panda Bear
Pattern is Movement
Public Enemy
The Rosebuds
Spider Bags
Sharon Van Etten
spcl gst
Treasure Fingers
US Christmas
Vincent Black Shadow
War on Drugs
Washed Out
Keith Fullerton Whitman
Whatever Brains

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  • Miss K.C.
    03/31 09:23 AM

    Great list- can’t wait!

  • Jess
    03/31 09:41 AM


  • Phil
    03/31 09:51 AM

    WOW.  Totally destroyed my expectations.  Amazing lineup.

  • danimal
    03/31 10:15 AM

    and here i was thinking raleigh wasn’t trendy.

  • appstate98
    03/31 10:16 AM

    I guess I know what I will be doing Sept 9th - 11th. What an event for DTR.

  • Bill M
    03/31 11:53 AM

    This should be great.  I just attended the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville and it was really well run and the city of Knoxville really embraced the festival and was super-hospitable.  Let’s hope Raleigh can do the same.  That Public Enemy show will be the biggest thing to happen on September 11th, since I don’t know what.

  • Tyler Durden
    03/31 12:11 PM

    I’ve been waiting for something like this for three years. Raleigh continues to surprise and impress me! I’m thinking about calling this place, home.

  • gd
    03/31 12:54 PM

    I definitely want to go see Public Enemy!

  • E
    03/31 02:20 PM

    I don’t know guys, make sure we wait til the Raleigh Downtown Live lineup comes out… that could blow this way. I mean, there’s a chance we could have Eagle Eye Cherry and Jimmie’s Chicken Shack on the same night!

  • Vince
    03/31 02:37 PM

    Where is Polvo?

  • TacoTodd
    03/31 03:02 PM

    Nice, very nice…

  • Walker
    03/31 03:28 PM

    Where is Sh*thorse?

  • dt
    03/31 04:19 PM

    Wait, is Grayson going to save his 4000th tweet for the Saturday shows, kid has a thing about 9/11….140

  • jimothy murkem malice
    03/31 04:25 PM

    don’t we all

  • danimal
    03/31 04:53 PM

    yeah, where is sh*thorse?

  • currincy
    03/31 05:29 PM

    “Wait, is Grayson going to save his 4000th tweet for the Saturday shows, kid has a thing about 9/11….140”

    Oh, boy. This changed my life a little.

  • jay
    04/01 01:04 AM

    This is amazing news.

  • Michelle
    04/01 01:35 AM

    This line up is way beyond what I was expecting, and I nearly peed my pants in excitement after seeing Balmorhea on the list! Can’t wait until September!!

  • katelyn
    04/01 01:07 PM

    well, americans in france is playing..i personally like them better than shithorse.

  • Andrew
    04/02 01:01 AM

    How come Annuals isn’t playing?  I’m pissed.

  • Jeremy
    04/02 12:43 PM

    So do all these bands play at night, or will there be shows during the day as well?

  • currincy
    04/02 02:22 PM

    The two city Plaza shows (Panda Bear/BSS/Rosebuds on Friday; Public Enemy/No Age/Love Language) start about 6 p.m. on those days. The clubs open each night at 9 p.m.

  • RyGuy
    04/06 02:41 AM

    Panda Bear!
    Broken Social Scene!

  • Christine Ruby
    04/09 03:48 PM

    does anyone know what day 9th wonder and kooley high will be playing?

    04/10 02:42 PM

    Man or Astroman is back.  They should play this.

  • Brian
    04/10 08:57 PM

    I 100% agree with this.

  • Thecarolinaway
    06/07 11:40 AM

    This lineup is great.  I know you guys busted your tails to get this thing to where it is today.  I am truly excited about it and am looking forward to all 3days!

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