Hopscotch Music Festival, called “America’s (Secretly) Best Festival” and “the premiere experimental and underground festival in America,” celebrates its fifth anniversary in downtown Raleigh, N.C., this Sept. 4-6, 2014. The festival, noted for its eclectic programming, presents more than 140 bands in a wide range of genres. With today’s schedule announcement, Hopscotch maintains its tradition of pairing notable acts from all over the US and abroad with North Carolina’s great talent. Approximately 40% of the festival’s artists hail from in-state—a figure few, if any, nationally recognized music events can claim.

The 2014 Hopscotch schedule is highlighted by the festival’s first ever Thursday night main stage show in Raleigh City Plaza featuring hip-hop pioneers De La Soul and Durham’s Toon & The Real Laww. Friday’s City Plaza bill sees Spoon play downtown Raleigh for the first time in many years along with St. Vincent, recently called “the best rock band in the world” by Noisey, and local favorites Lonnie Walker. On Saturday, Hopscotch’s final night in City Plaza closes with Atlanta’s boundary pushing metal mavericks, Mastodon, being joined by Detroit proto-punk legends Death and Raleigh’s own Valient Thorr.
The bulk of the festival occurs in a variety of venues located within a highly walkable, tightly-knit footprint in Raleigh’s downtown. On Thursday night, Hopscotch’s diversity is on display early in the weekend with The War on Drugs, Thurston Moore, Tim Hecker, Lunice, Reigning Sound, MV & EE, Mutual Benefit, and experimental group IIII headlining bills across the city. On Friday, Mark Kozelek’s Sun Kil Moon, LA noise-rap outfit clipping., Texas thrashers Power Trip, avant-garde violinist Tony Conrad, former Ween frontman Aaron Freeman’s new band, FREEMAN, and Raleigh alt-country heroes 6 String Drag are a part of incredible shows throughout the schedule grid. On Saturday, England super producer Jamie xx, Oakland power trio High on Fire, Canadian punks White Lung, soulful Stockholm singer/rapper Mapei, 19-piece Providence brass band What? Cheer Brigade, and Matthew Houck playing a Phosphorescent solo set are a few headliners among a final night full of fun.
Joining the lineup are recently announced artists Tim Hecker and Priests. Meanwhile, there are three cancellations to note: The Haxan Cloak, Eagulls, and Vadaat Charigim—three acts we were looking forward to seeing at Hopscotch and three who would have been traveling from overseas—are withdrawing due to circumstances beyond our control. We regret having to make the announcement.
Please visit http://hopscotchmusicfest.com/lineup/2014 for more details.
VIP passes are sold-out! There are less than 700 3-Day passes remaining for Hopscotch 2014, and they are on sale now at http://hopscotchmusicfest.com/buy-tickets. Each of these passes allows for entry into all festival club shows and all three City Plaza headlining shows.
1-Day passes are also on sale now. These passes are good for every Hopscotch show on one specific day: that night’s City Plaza headlining show and club sets. Thursday is $75, Friday is $85, and Saturday is $85. Quantities of 1-Day passes are limited.
Individual City Plaza main stage tickets are on sale now:
De La Soul + Toon & The Real Laww, Thursday, Sept. 4: Buy Tix
Spoon + St. Vincent + Lonnie Walker, Friday, Sept. 5: Buy Tix
Mastodon + Death + Valient Thorr, Saturday, Sept. 6: Buy Tix  
To purchase tickets and wristbands, visit www.hopscotchmusicfest.com and www.etix.com.

In the coming weeks, Hopscotch will announce POSTERscotch 2014, SiteWork’s art exhibition, a full slate of day parties, and more.

Hopscotch Music Festival and New Kind, the Raleigh-based design and community-building firm, are thrilled to announce the inaugural Hopscotch Design Festival. The first event of its kind to emerge from an acclaimed music event, Hopscotch Design Festival will gather distinguished national talent and notable local contributors to share ideas and foster conversation about how design is shaping the future. Scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 3 and Thursday, Sept. 4, in various downtown Raleigh venues, Hopscotch Design features more than 30 sessions from presenters who work across the disciplines of graphic design, user experience design, urban planning, technology, architecture, music, food, film, and more. With interactive sessions, workshops, and parties, the two-day event will blend seamlessly into Hopscotch Music Festival beginning Thursday evening. The full lineup will be announced later today, July 22.

"Skip Lollapalooza and head to Hopscotch."—The Huffington Post, 2014
“Hopscotch: perfection, indeed” —The News & Observer, Raleigh
“Like most who know of its perfection, I'm almost afraid to gush too much at the risk of jinxing or ruining the best three days of music experiences one can be given. It's SXSW without the stress, corporate overwhelming smack across the face, and dare I say Raleigh, NC becomes the most special town in the world for this one weekend.Perfectly curated with a blind ear to any buzz, specific genre, or anything else...Hopscotch Festival can turn the biggest music snob cynic into a carefree music lover once again. The word perfect is thrown around lightly all over the place (I misuse it all the time), but that's the only word to describe this dream of a music festival...PERFECT.”—We Listen For You, Louisville
“Hopscotch Music Festival is one of the best and most eclectic music festivals in America.” —Spin

“In Raleigh Thursday through Saturday, it was all about an extraordinarily cool roster of bands. With streets cordoned off throughout the downtown area, thousands of people ... wandered among ten participating music venues, creating a Mardi Gras-like atmosphere.” —Rolling Stone

- A Press Release

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