Based on our New Raleigh staff’s experience, the first night of Hopscotch was a crazy mess of success! Wristbands and volunteer t-shirts could be spotted all over the city, and it was nearly impossible to walk a block downtown without seeing crowds overflowing from the venues onto the sidewalks and streets. All of the clubs we visited last night were packed, with the Berkeley having a 30 minute long queue for entry for the Javelin and Future Islands shows. The VIPs got their money’s worth for the separate, expedited club entrances (and swag bags!), and from what we could tell, almost everyone was able to get in if they were willing to wait it out. People seemed to be having a great time all over the place. If there’s a show you’re desperate to see though, make sure you show up early and ready to battle the masses!
One of the really nice things about the fest so far is that the bands all seem to be playing right on schedule. So, none of the normal guessing games of what the “real” set time will be: Hopscotch set a time frame and they’re sticking to it. Even though Best Coast was ready to go 10 minutes early last night, management made them wait so they could start right on time. That kind of reliability is going to make it much easier to follow your own personal schedules throughout the weekend.
We’ve got photos from some of the shows last night, and we wanted to share them with our readers. Here are a few from the Cults, Best Coast, and Future Islands performances, with more to come. Now, off to prepare for all the day parties!
Photos by Stacey Weger