Some cancelations, and Killer Mike and Azure Ray join Hopscotch 2012

Submitted on Jun 27, 2012

Four artists have canceled their Hopscotch appearances for various reasons: Death Grips (who canceled all 2012 tour dates), Duchess Says, Strand of Oaks, and High Wolf will not be performing at the festival in September. We apologize for this news.

Three major additions join the more than 170 bands still playing Hopscotch: Atlanta rapper KILLER MIKE—a Grammy-winning hard hitter as comfortable with political raps as he is party jams—has recently confirmed his slot at this year’s festival. It’s been a big year for Killer Mike. Apart from collaborations and tours with kindred spirit EL-P, he released one of the year’s certain hip-hop bests with May’s R.A.P. Music. All Music Guide rightly lauded R.A.P. Music as “revolutionary stuff and absolutely no fluff.” Read Pitchfork's "Best New Music" review of the album—and listen to some of it—here. We’re delighted to host Killer Mike in September.

After several years of solo projects, side-projects and collaborations, Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink returned to work as AZURE RAY in 2009. In spite of an excellent 2010 full-length, Drawing Down the Moon, tours have been infrequent, but Hopscotch will welcome the Saddle Creek Records veterans for an intimate and rare date during September. Hold on Love, Azure Ray’s 2003 album, stands now as a dream-folk classic, with Fink and Taylor’s whispering tones and impressionistic lyrics creating a complete sphere of beauty. Azure Ray has collaborated frequently with Bright Eyes, Crooked Fingers and Moby. We can’t wait for their return to a North Carolina stage.

Great young Durham duo BAOBAB also joins Hopscotch 2012. Creating hypnotic folk music buoyed by intricate beats and textures, Baobab uses its songs as a springboard for a multimedia stage show, not as an endpoint. The Daily Tar Heel described Baobab as “impressive and flourishing.”

Hopscotch is preparing for an exciting slate of announcements: On July 10, the festival will announce its third-annual Ed McKay Used Books & More Cultural Series at Raleigh City Museum. The next day, on July 11, Hopscotch will announce the complete 15-venue schedule for the 2012 festival. Single-day passes and single tickets for the Raleigh City Plaza shows—featuring The Roots, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Built to Spill and more—will also go on sale July 11. Three-day passes are now on sale at

Return to all news