Hopscotch #7 was bigger than ever before. With legendary acts like Erykah Badu, Andrew Bird, and Gary Clark Jr, I might venture to finally say Hopscotch surpassed the 2010 (first year) lineup. I’ve always been a fan of the Hopscotch lineups, which is why I stay so loyal to the festival, but I never thought I’d see a lineup like 2010. 2016 has become one for the books, and such a wonderful way to celebrate Nathan Price taking over as director. With Nathan, I’m confident that we have much to look forward to in future years.
Hopscotch kind-of out did themselves this year. The attention to detail and hospitality was evident. This year, there was free pizza and KIND Bars in City Plaza, not just for VIP, but for everyone. Outside of CAM, we had food trucks. And the addition of the Oak City tent was ideal for those interested in paying the extra money.
As for daytime music, there were more day parties than ever. Day parties sprawled from the heart of downtown, to Glenwood south, all the way to Hillsborough. The city was so alive. I could feel the excitement and the artistic spirit all over me. I was covered in goose bumps and full of inspiration all weekend.
Now, I hate to brag, but some of my colleagues ( at The Know) and I, noticed that Hopscotch Music Festival has yet to host a panel discussion. So, we decided to host one at The Assembly. Our featured panelist were Samuel T. Herring (of the Snails/Future Islands), Jamil Rashad (Boulevards), Sam Melo (of Rainbow Kitten Surprise), and Kristen Hill (of Kristen Abigail Collective). Immersion facilitated a discussion with artists at various stages and industry experts on the exploration of diversity and expanding community.
Below are some pictures featuring the epic acts that came through Raleigh this weekend: