The third annual festival, which is owned by North Carolina alternative newspaper The Independent Weekly, is scheduled Sept. 6-8 at 15 downtown venues including the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM Raleigh), Deep South the Bar, Fletcher Opera Theater, The Hive at Busy Bee Café and Memorial Auditorium.
The Mountain Xpress of Asheville, N.C., describes the festival as “a younger cousin to SXSW or CMJ.” The full lineup features 175 bands with a mix of local talent along with national and international acts. Roughly 35 percent of the musicians hail from Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and other nearby locales. Genres represented include rock, hip hop, alt-country, metal, dance, punk, classical, noise, drone, folk and more.
The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle will perform two solo sets at the Fletcher Opera Theater the same night. The first performance will be devoted to Mountain Goats rarities on the acoustic guitar. The second set will feature heavy metal covers, possibly all on the grand piano.
“The tentative title for this set is ‘Nearer My Hateful Mankind Plague to Thee,’ but titles are subject to change,” said Darnielle, a lifelong metal fan and longtime columnist for Decibel magazine. “There used to be a line on some old noise albums, something to the effect of, ‘If you are remotely interested in the contents of this package, you should not hesitate to buy it. I don’t like to give a hard sell, but that’s this set. I will see you there.”
Additional acts taking part in the 2012 edition of Hopscotch include Yo La Tengo, Liars, Sun O ))), Zola Jesus, Thee Oh Sees, Danny Brown, Deerhoof, Escort, Baroness, Why Oak, Flosstradamus, Lambchop, Death Grips, Dan Deacon, Corrosion of Conformity, Colin Stetson, The dB’s, G-Side, Pallbearer, Julia Holter, Versus, Nobuddy, The Spits and ExitMusic.
Tickets are on sale now. Three-day general admission passes are $110. Single-day passes will be available in July. VIP passes are already sold out.
For more information visit HopscotchMusicFest.com.