But wait, there's more... For the first time in its eight year history, the Hopscotch Music Festival officially extended into Sunday, with an afternoon long program held at the Red Hat Amphitheatre. While Sundays have always brought some final day parties for those who still had the energy, this was the festival's first foray into a fourth day of programming.
Not going to lie, by the third day of Hopscotch things are starting to get a little exhausting. If you've been taking in the day parties and staying out until the last band of the night plays their last notes, you've managed a good twelve to fourteen hours of live music a day. But the party is still going strong, and the festival saves some of its best acts for the weekend, so there's nothing to do but grab some coffee, rally, and get out there.
By the time the Friday came along, the Hopscotch Music Festival was in full swing. One of the greatest features of the festival isn’t part of the festival at all – it’s the numerous unofficial day parties that happen throughout town. Some of them feature artists who are also playing evening sets, taking away some of the difficulty in choosing between conflicts. But they also feature many bands who come just to play the daytime shows. We spent Friday afternoon at Kings, at the party hosted jointly by Jamestown, NC-based Three Lobed Records and WXDU, Duke University’s radio station. Featuring such diverse acts as an experimental set by James Toth of Wooden Wand and guitarist Tashi Dorji, the folk-music of duo House and Land, the psychedelic noise of Philly rockers Purling Hiss, and singer-songwriter Rosali, it was a varied afternoon with lots of great music to check out. Finishing off the day was Repressed, a new electronic project by Lambchop singer Kurt Wagner and Superchuck mastermind Mac McCaughan.
Since it started in 2010, the Hopscotch Music Festival has become a Raleigh institution and an event which music fans who travel to North Carolina from all over look forward to all year. Now in its eighth year, the festival returned this year with its famously diverse lineup. No matter what you’re looking for – indie rock, electronica, country, hip-hop, folk – you’re bound to find it, and the layout of the festival, spread throughout the city, provides the opportunity to check out numerous acts over the course of the weekend. Whether it’s a small local band at an unofficial day party, an internationally-known headliner on the City Plaza stage, or something in-between late night in a downtown club, there’s music to be found everywhere in Raleigh on Hopscotch weekend.