Brass Band, Charlie Parr, Hubble, Roman Candle, Chelsea Crowell, Chris Forsyth & Koen Holtkamp, Chuck Johnson, Field Report, Tenement, Jacaszek, The Band in Heaven, Zeus, Elephant Micah, Whatever Brains, Roomrunner, Guardian Alien, Shirlette & The Dynamite Brothers, Nerves Junior, Midtown Dickens, Heads on Sticks, Jon Mueller’s Death Blues, Jane Jane Pollock, Work Clothes, Pipe, TOW3RS, Black Skies, Gross Ghost, Quiet Evenings, Kenny Roby, Shark Quest, Guinea Worms, Secret Mountains, Naked Gods, Wowser Bowser, The Hot at Nights, Nests, MAKE, The Beast, Say Brother, Michael Rank & STAG, Paint Fumes, The Beat Report, Flesh Wounds, Airstrip, Wood Ear, The Lizzy Ross Band, Little Hollow, Mark Holland, Lilac Shadows, The Future Kings Of Nowhere, Phil Cook & His Feat, The Bronzed Chorus, Burglar Fucker, Young and in the Way, Hume, Vattnet Viskar, Sinful Savage Tigers, Free Electric State, Curtis Eller, Cantwell Gomez & Jordan, J Kutchma & The Five Fifths, Charles Latham, Toon & The Real Laww, Grohg, Calico Haunts, Drique London, Joint D≠, The Toddlers, Minor Stars, Lazy Janes, Wylie Hunter & The Cazadores, Tom Maxwell, Left Outlet, Jenny Besetzt, Savage Knights, Tomas Phillips & Craig Hilton, Feltbattery, Some Army, Zack Mexico.The fourth Hopscotch Music Festival took place September 5–7, 2013. The complete lineup was: A-Trak, Adult., Ahleuchatistas, Airstrip, Alexander Turnquist, Alpoko Don, Ama Divers, American Aquarium, Amor de Días, Angel Olsen, Arborea, ASG, Ashrae Fax, Beloved Binge, Big Black Delta, Big Daddy Kane, Bitter Resolve, Black Zinfandel, Body Games, Boyzone, Broken Prayer, Califone, Casual Curious, Cesar Comanche, Charalambides, Charlemagne Palestine, Chatham County Line, Cian Nugent, Co., Coke Bust, Cy Dune, Dan Friel, Daniel Bachman, Dauwd, David Grubbs, Deleted Scenes, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, DJ Pay Pal, Double Negative, Doug Paisley, Drug Yacht, Dub Addis, Earl Sweatshirt, Endless Boogie, Eros and the Eschaton, Estrangers, Evoken, Ex Cops, Ex-Cult, Expo '70, Fat Tony, Foot Village, Future Islands, Golden Void, Gorguts, Gross Ghost, Grouper, Helado Negro, High Aura'd, High Highs, High Wolf, Holly Herndon, Holy Ghost!
The second Hopscotch Music Festival took place September 8–10, 2011. The headliners were The Flaming Lips with Superchunk and Dreamers of the Ghetto (Saturday) and Guided By Voices with Drive-By Truckers and The Dodos (Friday). The complete lineup was: The Roots, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Built To Spill, Yo La Tengo, Liars, Sunn O))), Zola Jesus, Thee Oh Sees, Danny Brown, Deerhoof, Escort, The Mountain Goats, Baroness, Wye Oak, Flosstradamus, Lambchop, Killer Mike, Dan Deacon, Corrosion of Conformity, Colin Stetson, The d B’s, G-Side, Pallbearer, Julia Holter, Versus, NOBUNNY, The Spits, Exitmusic, Oneida, Hundred Waters, Balam Acab, Arnold Dreyblatt & Megafaun, Valient Thorr, Matthew E.
Coverage of the 2011 festival included: The complete lineup was: All Tiny Creatures, Andrew Cedermark, Annuals, Apache Dropout, Apex Manor, Apple Juice Kid, Bandway, Barn Owl, Bass Drum of Death, Beach Fossils, Beans, Bird Peterson, Black Lips, Black Twig Pickers, Bombadil, Braids, Brain F≠, Budos Band, Bustello, Caltrop, Carlitta Durand, Cassis Orange, Charlie Smarts, Cheyenne Marie Mize, Chip Robinson, Cold Cave, Coliseum, D&D Sluggers, D-Town Brass, Dan Melchior Und Das Menace, David Daniell, Dawn Golden and Rosy, Cross, Des Ark, Diamond Rings, Dinosaur Feathers, Disappears, DJ Thien, Dreamers of the Ghetto, Drive-By Truckers, Duane Pitre Sextet, Dustin Wong, Dylan Gilbert, Earth, Embarrassing Fruits, Empress Hotel, Eric Carbonara & Jesse Sparhawk, Family Dynamics, Fan Modine, Fight the Big Bull, Filthybird, Flight, Ford & Lopatin, Frank Fairfield, Frontier Ruckus, Future Islands, Gauntlet Hair, Generationals, Grandchildren, Gross Ghost, Guided by Voices, Heads on Sticks, Hog, Horseback, Hospitality, Invisible Hand, J Mascis, Jack the Radio, Japandroids, JEFF The Brotherhood, Jennyanykind, John Vanderslice, Jon Lindsay, Julianna Barwick, Justin Robinson and The Mary Annettes, King Mez, KORT, Krallice, L. White: One Incantation Under God, Bio Ritmo, Young Magic, J Roddy Walston and the Business, Mirel Wagner, Oren Ambarchi, Ducktails, Damien Jurado, Zammuto, Nails, Papa M/David Pajo, Ital, Laurel Halo, Hacienda, Nick Catchdubs, Jackie Chain, Delicate Steve, Class Actress, Holograms, Screaming Females, Chris Corsano, Glenn Jones, Sister Crayon, Altar of Plagues, Samantha Crain, Pop.
1280, Cities Aviv, The Atlas Moth, Secret Cities, Mac Mc Caughan, White Hills, Doldrums, Azure Ray, Boy Friend, Odonis Odonis, Amen Dunes, Big Troubles, Cheater Slicks, Dope Body, The Weather Station, Sutekh Hexen, Silver Swans, Carlos Giffoni, Co La, Baobab, Birds of Avalon, Mark Mc Guire, Withered, Shovels & Rope, Donovan Quinn, Alvarius B., Starlings TN, My Best Fiend, Altos, Frustrations, Hiss Golden Messenger, Kevin Drumm, Bill Orcutt, No BS!
More than 130 acts play in multiple venues within a walkable footprint in downtown Raleigh, with artists performing on an outdoor main stage and in many local clubs.
Other festival features include: Hopscotch Director Greg Lowenhagen 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." Former Hopscotch Co-Director Grayson Currin, also the Independent Weekly's music editor, added: "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. 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, co-founder of the Independent Weekly and owner of Carolina Independent Publications, said about the festival's first year: "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." The first Hopscotch Music Festival took place September 9–11, 2010. The headliners were hip-hop 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.
Coverage of the 2010 festival included: The complete lineup was: 9th Wonder, Active Child, Actual Proof, Akron/Family, All Tiny Creatures, American Aquarium, Americans in France, Aminal, Aquarelle, Atlas Sound, The Away Team, Balmorhea, Bear in Heaven, Bellafea, Best Coast, Big Remo, Birds of Avalon, Black Congo NC, Bowerbirds, DJ George Brazil, Bright Young Things, Broken Social Scene, Brutal Knights, Richard Buckner, Burning Star Core, Cannabis Corpse, Caitlin Cary's Small Ponds with Tres Chicas, Collections of Colonies of Bees, Cults, Greg Davis, Dex Romweber Duo, Double Dagger, Double Negative, Dungen, The Dynamite Brothers, EAR PWR, Ex Monkeys, First Rate People, Floating Action, Followed by Static, Ben Frost, Fucked Up, Future Islands, Glissade, Golden Boys, The Golden Filter, Goner, Gray Young, Ryan Gustafson, Hammer No More the Fingers, Harlem, Harvey Milk, Horseback, John Howie Jr. Y., Last Year’s Men, Le Weekend, Little Scream, Liturgy, Lonnie Walker, Lost in the Trees, Lower Dens, Man Will Destroy Himself, Man/Miracle, Mandolin Orange, Mount Eerie, Mount Moriah, Mouthus, North Elementary, Old Bricks, Oneohtrix Point Never, Onward Soldiers, Organos, Oulipo, Oxbow, PC Worship, Pepper Rabbit, Peter Lamb and The Wolves, Prurient, Reading Rainbow, Rhys Chatham, Royal Bangs, Royal Baths, Shit Horse, Sir Richard Bishop, Soft Company, SPCL GST, Spider Bags, Steve Gunn, Super Vacations, Superchunk, Swans, Temperance League, Tender Fruit, The Body, The Caribbean, The Dodos, The Flaming Lips, The Foreign Exchange, The Hairs, The Light Pines, The Loners, The Love Language, The Men, The Moderate, The Necks, The Old Ceremony, The Prayers and Tears, The Strugglers/ Brice Randall Bickford, The Tomahawks, Times New Viking, Titus Andronicus, Toro Y Moi, Twelve Thousand Armies, Twin Shadow, Tyvek, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Vivian Girls, Weekend, Wembley, Wesley Wolfe, Whatever Brains, White Ring, William Tyler, Wooden Wand, Woodsman, Xiu Xiu, XRay Eyeballs, Yair Yona.
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Lowenhagen is the festival's director, and it is now owned by Hopscotch Presents, LLC, a partnership between Travis Janovich, the founder of Etix, and co-owners Paul Laughter and Ben Wingrove.
Hopscotch Music Festival features local, national, and international bands in a variety of genres — rock, hip-hop, metal, dance, punk, alt-country, classical, noise, drone, folk and more.