Raleigh, NC-based music festival Hopscotch Music Festival has announced their 2017 lineup and as usual, it impresses. The lineup features an eclectic assortment of music’s finest talent, though it mostly sticks to hip-hop (Run the Jewels, Big Boi, Oddisee & Company) and indie (Angel Olsen, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Afghan Whigs). The festival will take place September 7-10 in the city’s downtown district.
Other big names that will be heading up the festival include Solange, who released a brilliant album last year titled A Seat at the Table, arguably unseating her world-famous sister as releasing the best Knowles album of 2016. Meanwhile, festival favorites Future Islands will bring their exhilarating live show to North Carolina, fresh off of the release of their latest album The Far Field. Other acts to get excited about include the always-great psych-freakout kingpins Thee Oh Sees, Phil Elverum’s Mount Eerie (toting some of the most depressing songs released this decade), Detroit’s noise-rock quartet Protomartyr and Mary Timony busting out some of her classic Helium tracks. Those not satisfied with this already-strong lineup can rest easy knowing there are more acts to be announced.
Hopscotch, which was founded by an independent newspaper employee in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina (bounded by Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill) has been active since 2010. Incredibly, it has been a three-day festival ever since its founding (bucking the trend of festivals starting slowly with one or two days and gradually expanding). Tickets for the festival go on sale Thursday, May 11 and can be purchased at this link.
UPDATE (5/12): Hopscotch Festival has dropped PWR BTTM from their lineup following allegations of abuse cast against member Ben Hopkins.
The festival left this statement on Twitter:
Our statement regarding the removal of PWR BTTM from the Hopscotch 2017 lineup: pic.twitter.com/z6GjPzClNu
— Hopscotch Music Fest (@hopscotchfest) May 12, 2017
Photo Credit: Raymond Flotat