2013 Hopscotch Lineup Announced

Submitted on Apr 23, 2013

Hopscotch Music Festival—North Carolina’s biggest and most diverse music festival—is proud to announce the lineup for its fourth-annual party in downtown Raleigh, N.C., scheduled for Sept. 5–7, 2013. Nearly 175 bands will fill 15 venues this year, bringing together some of the most noteworthy artists working today in a variety of genres—from hip-hop to indie rock, from electronic noise to electronic dance music, from old-time music to heavy metal. Hopscotch combines the best of North Carolina’s highly regarded scene with bands from around the world, creating a weekend that’s both local and global, proud of the place it calls home but connected to the world around it, too.

“Hopscotch is perfectly aligned to expand along with Raleigh, as the city continues to be one of the fastest growing places in America. We think we’ve established the festival as one of the city’s signature weekends,” says Hopscotch’s founding director, Greg Lowenhagen. “We’re really happy to be part of the downtown community and hope to be viewed as a key part of the city’s ever evolving identity.”

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The festival will be highlighted by two nights in Raleigh City Plaza, the city’s most captivating downtown space. On Friday, Sept. 6, Big Boi—half of the multi-platinum duo Outkast and now two fantastic albums into a genre-bending solo career—will headline Hopscotch’s biggest stage. Future Islands and Gross Ghost will open. And on Saturday, Sept. 8, two legendary rock bands will convene to share the stage. Spiritualized will end the night with their shrieking psychedelic gospel, while the Breeders will commemorate the 20th anniversary of their 1993 landmark best-seller, Last Splash, by playing it in its entirety. The Lollipops open.

Some 165 other bands perform in 14 clubs during Hopscotch’s three days. A sampler of these acts includes: Local Natives, John Cale, Sleep, Earl Sweatshirt, Low, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Action Bronson, Matthew Dear, Oblivians, The Rosebuds playing Sade’s Love Deluxe, Califone, ADULT., Merzbow, Chatham County Line, Mikal Cronin, Pere Ubu, Marnie Stern, Pig Destroyer, Ryan Hemsworth, WOLD, Pissed Jeans, Matmos, Charlemagne Palestine, Wolf Eyes, Holly Herndon, Purling Hiss and Mount Moriah playing their entire catalog.

Hopscotch has once again selected the best Triangle talent to accompany this strong mix of national and international guests. This year, locals representing the depth of the area’s rich music scene include special engagements with Mount Moriah, The Rosebuds, Chatham County Line and Ashrae Fax, plus Double Negative, Ryan Gustafson’s The Dead Tongues, American Aquarium, Shirlette Ammons T4GB, Ironing Board Sam, Shannon Whitworth, Schooner, Loincloth, The Backsliders and many more. This year’s festival also serves as a platform for some of the Triangle’s very best new bands, including the shambling country of Old Quarter, the electro thump of Body Games and the narcotic, futuristic folk of Sylvan Esso. Hopscotch has certainly grown during these last three years, but its commitment to the fans and bands that build the Triangle’s community remains as important as ever.

“This is the fourth Hopscotch, and I’m confident it’s the best lineup we’ve ever assembled,” says Grayson Currin, the festival’s co-director. “I believe we push some boundaries harder than we have before, with several experimental artists making some of today’s most bleeding-edge music on the slate. But that’s balanced with incredible pop and dance music, great old-time and country offerings, garage rock and our best docket of heavy metal to date. And this year, more than ever, we present a strong set of legends, coupled with musicians who could become exactly that.”

Big Boi, Spiritualized, The Breeders play Last Splash, Local Natives, John Cale, Sleep, Earl Sweatshirt, Low, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Future Islands, Action Bronson, Matthew Dear, Oblivians, The Rosebuds play Sade’s Love Deluxe, Califone, ADULT., Merzbow, Chatham County Line, Mikal Cronin, Pere Ubu, Marnie Stern, Pig Destroyer, Ryan Hemsworth, Pissed Jeans, Matmos, Grouper, American Aquarium, Waxahatchee, XXYYXX, Charlemagne Palestine, Wolf Eyes, Mount Moriah play Miracle Temple, Mount Moriah and The Letting Go, Angel Olsen, Purling Hiss, Holly Herndon, WOLD, Richard Youngs, Torres, Night Beds, Houses, Big Black Delta, Jonathan Kane’s February, Gorguts, Amor de Días, Foot Village, Doug Paisley, Kopecky Family Band, ASG, Lapalux, Riton, Ken Vandermark & Tim Daisy Duo, Lonnie Holley, Nightlands, Pelt, Charalambides, Evoken, Inter Arma, Ashrae Fax, The Backsliders, Ex Cops, Helado Negro, Fat Tony, Sal Mineo, Slavic Soul Party!, SUUNS, High Wolf, Ex-Cult, Endless Boogie, San Fermin, Magik Markers, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, David Grubbs, Swearin’, Shannon Whitworth, Pharmakon, Dauwd, Cy Dune, Jeanne Jolly, Majical Cloudz, Golden Void, Malcolm Holcombe, Rose Windows, Leech, Daniel Bachman, Deleted Scenes, Overmountain Men, Alpoko Don, Whatever Brains, Dan Friel, UBT, OXYxMORON, Double Negative, Spacin’, Survival, Expo ’70, Broken Prayer, Cian Nugent, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, The Beets, High Highs, Gross Ghost, The Lollipops, The Kingsbury Manx, Toddlers, Protomartyr, Loincloth, Arborea, Water Liars, Libraness, Zen Frisbee, Cesar Comanche, Coke Bust, Speedy Ortiz, Drug Yacht, Ilyas Ahmed, Mike Shiflet, Alexander Turnquist, Ahleuchatistas, Villages, The Everymen, Sylvan Esso, Katharine Whalen, Jamaican Queens, Last Year’s Men, Dub Addis, Ryan Gustafson’s The Dead Tongues, Shirlette Ammons T4GB, The Dreebs, Plume Giant, Airstrip, Ironing Board Sam, Nathan Bowles, Schooner, Terry Anderson and the Olympic Ass-Kickin Team, The Shilohs, Solar Halos, Beloved Binge, Regina Hexaphone, Bitter Resolve, TONK, Richard Bacchus & the Luckiest Girls, Morning Brigade, Prypyat, High Aura’d, Horse Lords, Turf War, The Human Eyes, Old Quarter, The South Carolina Broadcasters, Maple Stave, Melissa Swingle, DJ Paypal, Wichita Falls, Boyzone, Casual Curious, Ama Divers, Body Games, Estrangers, Noise Trauma, Black Zinfandel, Twilighter, Waumiss, Co., Midnight Plus One, Spooky Woods, Wool, Eros & the Eschaton, Late Bloomer, Saints Apollo

Hopscotch wristbands went on sale February 1, prior to the lineup announcement. The response was overwhelming, with all early-bird phases of Hopscotch 2013 wristbands selling out instantly. VIP wristbands and 3-day wristbands are available at In cooperation with sponsor Etix, Hopscotch Music Festival is offering wristbands and tickets to all fans with reduced service charges. What’s more, for the first time ever, the price you see is the price you pay; ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

Admission to Hopscotch is designed to suit a wide range of fans. The remaining $180 VIP wristbands and the festival’s most popular option, the $125 3-Day wristbands, are on sale now. Each of these wristbands allows entry into all 14 festival clubs and both City Plaza headlining shows.

In June, along with the release of the 2013 festival schedule, 1-day passes will be made available. These passes will allow entry into every Hopscotch show on a specific day and will range from $65–$85.

Individual tickets for the shows in Raleigh City Plaza will also be made available in June. The Friday, Sept. 6, show featuring Big Boi, Future Islands and Gross Ghost costs $40. The Saturday, Sept. 7, show featuring Spiritualized, The Breeders play Last Splash and The Lollipops also costs $40. This year, based on 3-day wristband sales, a very limited number of 1-day passes and individual City Plaza tickets are expected to be available.
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EXCLUSIVE BOOKINGS: Once again, Hopscotch 2013 offers you several opportunities to see shows you won’t see anywhere else. For instance, beloved alt-country iconoclasts Mount Moriah will perform their entire catalog—their debut EP The Letting Go, their self-titled first album and this year’s critically acclaimed Miracle Temple—in entirety, with the special guests that originally played on those songs. The Rosebuds, the first band to play on the Raleigh City Plaza stage at the premiere Hopscotch Music Festival, will reprise last year’s album-length cover of Sade’s soul classic, Love Deluxe, with an exclusive live recreation of that record.
British experimental legend Richard Youngs has rarely played the United States, but his September swing through America hinges on Hopscotch. The festival also marks the North American debut of Sal Mineo, a new collaboration between Xiu Xiu and Eugene S. Robinson of Oxbow. WOLD—metallic noise mongers from Saskatchewan—have played only four shows ever, despite more than a decade of unanimous critical acclaim. Sleep has played very few shows since reuniting, and they haven’t played North Carolina in two decades; they will play Hopscotch in September. The same holds for garage rock icons Oblivians, who will play a rare gig at Hopscotch 2013. And the Breeders’ appearance at Hopscotch 2013 arrives as part of a very limited series of shows, in which the same lineup that made the platinum-selling 1993 classic, Last Splash, plays that album in its entirety.

IMPROVISER IN RESIDENCE: If experimental music during the last 30 years were one book, one very long chapter would belong to Masami Akita, or the Japanese harsh noise pioneer best known as Merzbow. One of the most prolific and collaborative musicians on the planet, Merzbow has seemingly exhaled his singular twists of static and sustain for the last several decades, himself becoming shorthand for the sprawling genre tag of “noise.” At this year’s Hopscotch, he will play a full set of his own. Through the weekend, he will join several other bands onstage for impromptu appearances and improvisations. Having worked with Sunn O))), Boris, Thurston Moore, and many more, Merzbow is an adaptable instrumentalist—and a perfect fit for the position of Hopscotch’s Improviser in Residence.

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS: More than ever before, this year’s Hopscotch reaches across the globe to bring multiple international musicians to Raleigh for three days. Merzbow hails from Japan, of course, while American minimalist legend Charlemagne Palestine has long lived in Belgium. With Gorguts, WOLD, Majical Cloudz, UBT, Suuns, Ryan Hemsworth and Doug Paisley among this year’s talent, Hopscotch’s Canadian contingent is stronger than ever. Guitarist Cian Nugent arrives from Ireland, while Richard Youngs comes from Cambridge. Merge Records’ Amor de Días combines Alasdair Maclean (of The Clientele) and Lupe Nunez-Fernandez (of Pipas), both from England. Many of the leaders of Hopscotch 2013’s electronic cartel—Riton, Lapalux, Dauwd—visit from Europe, too. And mysterious experimentalist High Wolf claims to be from somewhere in France, but in September, he’ll certainly be in Raleigh.

BAND-CURATED BILL: This year, Hopscotch is honored to welcome North Carolina’s best bluegrass adventurers, Chatham County Line, as the curators of their own four-band bill in the beautiful sanctuary of downtown Raleigh’s Long View Center. Chatham County Line will headline the evening, while friends The South Carolina Broadcasters and TONK open the show. More artists will be added.

MORE TO COME: In the next few months, Hopscotch will announce the return of its highly successful Cultural Series at Raleigh City Museum. During the last three years, the three-day set of discussions has included Public Enemy’s Chuck D, The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne, Built to Spill’s Brett Netson, The Foreign Exchange’s Phonte Coleman, composer Rhys Chatham, Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart, Broken Social Scene’s Andrew Whitehead and many more, plus performances by Hiss Golden Messenger, Phil Cook of Megafaun and Chris Stamey of the dB’s. Hopscotch will again bring a bevy of day parties to downtown Raleigh in September, as well as its annual HOOPscotch charity basketball game, an art show, a public art exhibition and more book readings.

Hopscotch Music Festival is located in downtown Raleigh. All venues are encompassed within eight blocks. The venues returning to Hopscotch 2013 are The Berkeley Cafe, Contemporary Art Museum (CAM Raleigh), Deep South the Bar, Five Star, Fletcher Opera Theater, The Hive at Busy Bee, Kings, Lincoln Theatre, The Long View Center, Memorial Auditorium, The Pour House, Raleigh City Plaza, Slim’s and Tir Na Nog.

“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

“Hopscotch: perfection, indeed” —The News & Observer, Raleigh

“Hopscotch Music Festival is fast becoming Raleigh’s cultural center of gravity.” —Raleigh Public Record

“The festival is like a younger cousin to SXSW or CMJ. ... However, where the enormity of cities like Austin or New York make it all but impossible to jump between bars without spending your entire festival en route, Hopscotch is small enough that skipping between shows actually makes sense. Plus, roaming the streets between can’t-miss acts leaves lots of time to run into new friends, get sidetracked into unexpected shows or end up on a random adventure. And there was plenty of that.” —Mountain Xpress, Asheville

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