Hopscotch Music Festival returns to downtown Raleigh, N.C. for its 10th year on Sept. 5-7, 2019. Described as “America’s (secretly) best festival” and “the premiere experimental and underground festival in America,” Hopscotch features over 120 acts performing within Raleigh’s walkable downtown footprint.
This year’s main stage headliners will be JAMES BLAKE, SLEATER-KINNEY, CHVRCHES, PHANTOGRAM, LITTLE BROTHER, RAPHAEL SAADIQ, JENNY LEWIS, KURT VILE & THE VIOLATORS, PURPLE MOUNTAINS, and more.
SLEATER-KINNEY came crashing out of the ’90s Pacific Northwest riot grrrl scene, setting a new bar for punk’s political insight and emotional impact. Hailed as “America’s best rock band” by Greil Marcus in Time Magazine, and as “America’s best punk band ever. EVER” by Rob Sheffield in Rolling Stone. In January the band confirmed that they have recorded a new record produced by Hopscotch 2014 alum St. Vincent.
After the success of his first three albums, JAMES BLAKE has reinvented his entire artistic process and managed to produce the best work of his career so far. The stunning Assume Form, an album about the power of love and relationships, builds on his reputation of being one of music’s most essential collaborators, while showing the world his growth as a solo artist.
Since emerging in 2013 with the glistening brightness of their breakthrough single, “Recover,” CHVRCHES have always projected an insularity, a subtle but unmistakable wariness about leaning into their obvious Hit Song of the Summer-writing potential. At their core, CHVRCHES are true blue Glaswegian punks. They’ve wanted to protect themselves, and protect that undercurrent of melancholy that gives depth to their sunniness.
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 atmosphereRolling Stone
LITTLE BROTHER is the legendary North Carolina hip hop group with rappers Phonte and Big Pooh. The group formed as a trio with 9th Wonder on production at NC Central University in 2001 and went on to release their debut record, ‘The Listening’, in 2003 followed by ‘The Minstrel Show’ in 2005, both widely considered to be classic albums. 9th Wonder left the group in 2007 before the release of the group’s third album, ‘The Getback’. This will be Little Brother’s first show in Raleigh since the duo disbanded in 2010. The duo is working on a documentary about their debut record with the NC Arts Council as a part of the NC Art’s Council’s Year of Music. Phonte has performed at Hopscotch with his group the Foreign Exchange in 2011 as well as solo in 2017. Big Pooh performed at Hopscotch in 2014. Hopscotch is extremely excited to have Phonte and Big Pooh return as Little Brother for the 10 year anniversary of the festival.
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