Photos by Abby Miller.
Since 2010, the organizers of Hopscotch Music Festival have supplied Raleigh, North Carolina with consistently adventurous and aggressively diverse lineups for the annual September occasion. The collection of artists on the 2017 lineup did not fall short of any rational thinkers' expectations. The four days brought legends from indie, garage, hip hop, country, and folk genres to the state capitol. Stages large and small were scattered across downtown filling a mega amphitheater, art museum, an opera theater, underground bars, and tight-fitting pour houses. Shows occurred all afternoon with many local record labels, radio stations, and organizations hosting free day parties with plenty of opportunities to catch live tunes and drink free beer and coffee at some. As has gone in years past, the festival has an intuitive curation of artists on the cusp of jumping up the lines of next year's go-round of festival lineups and albums on best-of year-end lists. We invite you to join us in constantly looking back at this year's festival as one of North Carolina's premier musical and cultural offerings.