A Carolina preview of Hopscotch 2016.

This weekend, the city of Raleigh will once again host the incredibly incredible Hopscotch Music Festival. This event is particularly special to North Carolina, because 1) whoever is in charge of this festival has exceptional taste, and 2) whoever is in charge of this festival always gives several artists from the Carolinas an opportunity to play an event that each year has fantastic headliners that are likely summoned due to their aforementioned exceptional music taste. We reached out to a handful of regional artists that will be playing Hopscotch this year to get their take on the significance of the festival to the scene(s) around here. We also talked a bunch of shit about Pat McCrory, who will most likely not be at Hopscotch because, as we all know, he has fucking terrible taste. But it’s not like anybody would have invited him anyway. I digress. See y’all in Raleigh. Let’s party…

Jay Salton and Sean Bos of Konvoi (Boone, NC)

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Just for fun, tell us why fest-goers should check out Konvoi at Hopscotch this year?

We are playing with some top-tier acts.  The shows are an intriguing mix of touring bands and locals alike, and it’s cool to see them all at the same place.  I understand the critique of a corporate influence at Hopscotch, but in all honesty that influence is minimal as all the day parties are sponsored by local record labels and such… friends, Sorry State, et cetera.  So while it may not be punk per se, it’s still fun and we are stoked to have a killer time.

As an artist from the Carolinas, what are your thoughts on Hopscotch and the festival’s role in the music scene around here?

Not many festivals bring together big name artists with regional acts, but Hopscotch does a really great job with it. It’s definitely a great opportunity for smaller bands to get their name out there.

Who else is playing that you’re excited to see?

William Basinski, Television, Downtown Boys, Converge, Container, Housefire, Bodykit, Junglepussy.

What else is cool / not cool about the Carolinas right now?

Not cool… Cosby sweaters, toothbrush bracelets, drum circles, Pat McCrory, social climbing. Cool… Thai food, cold brew, 3/4 length shirts, reasonable length sets, Mark Connor.

Konvoi plays Hopscotch on Saturday September 10th at 11:30 p.m. at Slim’s.

Betsy Shane of Pink Flag (Durham, NC)

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Just for fun, tell us why fest-goers should check out Pink Flag at Hopscotch this year?

Because we know how to have fun and are playing right before A Giant Dog at what is always the best venue at the fest, Slim’s!

As an artist from the Carolinas, what are your thoughts on Hopscotch and the festival’s role in the music scene around here?

Hopscotch is kind of like a family reunion in a way– everyone seems to be there and it is always exhausting and a lot of fun. For me, it was really the turning point on my feelings about Raleigh. Spending three days wandering around and realizing how many people have devoted time and space to it made me really appreciate downtown Raleigh and all it has to offer…even though Durham is still the best, in my biased opinion.

Who else is playing that you’re excited to see?

So many awesome bands.  I am bummed that we will be playing at the same time as Television, but obviously I’m pumped for A Giant Dog. Otherwise? The list is so long, I actually have a spreadsheet of first and second choices in case venues are at capacity.  It’s a great line up this year.

What else is cool / not cool about the Carolinas right now?

We are seeing an influx of people from all over and the growth has allowed our cities to grow and develop their own cultures, and led to lots of cool new places to go. It also led to a lot of really diverse communities. What’s not cool? HB2 and the constant barrage of hate legislation coming out of the state congress.

Pink Flag plays Hopscotch on Thursday, September 8th at 11:30 p.m. at Slim’s.

Secret Guest (Charleston, SC)

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Just for fun, tell us why fest-goers should check out Secret Guest at Hopscotch this year?

Andrei Mihailovic (guitar, vocals) : Fest goers should check out secret guest for the same reason they watched True detective season 2, namely to hate watch. If you think we don’t deserve to play this awesome festival, you’re right, we don’t. Come watch us gracelessly break guitar strings, vomit obnoxious anti solos, and collide with each other at the expense of notes, with the unearned masturbatory swagger of delusional idiots. It’s sure to be a healthy dose of schadenfreude for the disaster tourist within anyone, entertaining as a car fire or a crying sorority girl in a drunk tank.

As an artist from the Carolinas, what are your thoughts on Hopscotch and the festival’s role in the music scene around here?

Michael Milam (drums) : Where else do you get the chance to drink Hennessy with Danny Brown and then puke it into a trash can because Sunn 0)))’s vibrations were too relentless?

Who else is playing that you’re excited to see?

Brett Nash (vocals, guitar) : Television is definitely a huge bucket list one for all of us, number one with a bullet. We never get tired of seeing our soul mates ET Anderson, the only other SC band on the bill. Their live show is life changing. Our other loves Wing Dam just put out a perfect album called Glow Ahead last week, and I can’t wait to see how amazing those songs will be live. Even though they’re playing the same time as us, we get to play a sweet hometown show with ’em beforehand. I’m stoked on the triumphant return of Triangle legends The Wyrms and can’t wait to see A Giant Dog either. Plus, the three rad bands we’re sharing a bill with: The gotdang Coathangers, Pie Face Girls, and Laxy Jags. Also, me and Andrei have been freaking out hard about Sneakers and been spinning that EP of perfection hard upon learning of them through doing some Hopscotch lineup research. And finally, at the risk of rambling (which I’m sure I’m already doing), the lineups of the day parties excite me as much as the festival itself. Also Young Thug because of his tribute to Harambe.

What else is cool / not cool about the Carolinas right now?

Brett : It’s complicated.

Secret Guest plays Hopscotch on Thursday, September 8th at 9:00 p.m. at Kings.

Wilson W. Wilson of ET Anderson (Columbia, SC)

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Just for fun, tell us why fest-goers should check out ET Anderson at Hopscotch this year?

Because Hot Tub John (our bassist).

As an artist from the Carolinas, what are your thoughts on Hopscotch and the festival’s role in the music scene around here?

Hopscotch brings an experience that spans so many genres across the board. It also manages to do so while having a lineup that brings together a healthy mix of large and storied artists combined with lesser known, new artists that everyone should know or will know in the coming years. They make it a point to try to bring in a chunk of regional talent. They pay attention to the perspectives of the smaller artists and music fans alike. It separates Hopscotch from other festivals and makes it such an attractive event.

Who else is playing that you’re excited to see?

My queen, Erykah Badu. She is my goddess. I love her. I’m stoked for Television, Palm, Diet Cig, Anderson .Paak (whom I wish we could do a collab as ‘ET Anderson .Paak’ one day), and Big Freedia, just to name a few.

What else is cool / not cool about the Carolinas right now?

Cool… There’s a lot of awesome female and gender nonconforming artists/bands gaining much deserved attention and that’s growing. Grace Joyner (Charleston), Emily McCollum of Stagbriar (Columbia), Daddy Issues (Greensboro), Hunter Park of She Returns From War (Charleston), Pie Face Girls (Raleigh), Deborah Adedokun of Debbie and The Skanks (Columbia), Can’t Kids’ Amy Cuthbertson and Jess Oliver (Columbia), just to name a few because there are so many, I could go on for days, which is a killer predicament. I feel like when I was growing up in Columbia, it was a very male-dominated scene (still with many great bands/artists/people), but in recent years that has started to change dramatically and it’s wonderful because its given marginalized folks a prominent voice in a scene that’s not only growing musically, but culturally. I think Girls Rock, and various other organizations that empower women and traditionally marginalized groups, have and will continue to give rise, attention, and positive influence to current and future artists, scenes, and communities.

Uncool… Pat McCrory and HB2, unanimously.

ET Anderson plays Hopscotch on Saturday, September 10th at 10:00 p.m. at Deep South.

Charlie Smarts of Kooley High (Raleigh, NC)

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Just for fun, tell us why fest-goers should check out Kooley High at Hopscotch this year?

They should come because I’m pretty and have a boyish charm about me.

As an artist from the Carolinas, what are your thoughts on Hopscotch and the festival’s role in the music scene around here?

Hopscotch plays a big role in allowing local artists to share the stage with national artists.  Any show is an opportunity to gain fans on this scale. We are appreciative.

Who else is playing that you’re excited to see?

Erykah Badu, Sylvan Esso, Vince Staples, Kooley High.

What else is cool / not cool about the Carolinas right now?

Keep seeing talented artists on the rise from North Carolina. It’s dope. I just wish more people in North Carolina would give the local hip hop scene a chance. It takes open minds, which a good portion of NC lacks from time to time. Oh well.

Kooley High plays Hopscotch on Friday, September 9th at 10:00 p.m. at Kings.

 

Check out the full Hopscotch schedule and purchase tickets HERE.

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