The initial lineup for the 2021 Hopscotch Music Festival was announced on Friday, with artists scheduled to perform on two stages for in-person shows in Raleigh.
The 11th annual festival is scheduled for September 9-11 and will move away from its usual mix of indoor and outdoor concerts to facilitate COVID-19 security measures. Instead, concerts will take place on outdoor stages at Moore Square and City Plaza on Fayetteville Street.
The lineup announced on Friday includes 28 national, regional and local artists in a diverse selection of musical genres, from classic rock ‘n’ roll to country and folk groups.
Flagship titles include Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, Archers of Loaf, Parquet Courts and Caroline Polachek. Notably, the festival also features Dr. Dog’s farewell tour.
Hopscotch also retains its local flair with names like Bowerbirds, Libby Rodenbough (from Mipso) and Sarah Shook & The Disarmers. Archers of Loaf made their Chapel Hill debut in 1991.
The timing of the dates and locations of the game has not been announced.
While the lineup will include fewer artists than in previous years, the smaller lineup presents unique opportunities, festival director Nathan Price said in a phone interview with the News & Observer.
âWe’re still going to keep our budget roughly the same so it will be big groups,â Price said. âThis will be the first year that you can actually see everyone on the festival lineup, if you want to. Many people could see more bands than they have ever seen in Hopscotch.
What about daytime celebrations?
Like most music festivals and concerts, Hopscotch was forced to go virtual last year, with âDistant Existence,â a list of concerts broadcast live in partnership with WUNC Music. The online event even showcased the parties the festival is known for.
Daytime parties won’t be part of Hopscotch’s official lineup this year, but many smaller vendors will still feature them regardless of the festival, allowing patrons to attend if they’re comfortable, Price said.
While the organizers were trying to make one version of Hopscotch happen, they didn’t expect to be able to operate at this scale with two main performance stages.
âFor a lot of people who come to Hopscotch, this will always be their first big comeback event,â Price said.
Although the Festival takes place entirely outdoors, the organizers have not yet solidified a rain plan.
âWe are normally very lucky,â Price said. âNormally we can talk about some things, and because it’s September, it’s still very hot. Often times, the heat is more of a problem for us than the rain. ”
Price said he hopes Hopscoth will bring people downtown safely and be able to help local businesses and artists – those who have struggled in the last year of the pandemic.
And although on a smaller scale, Price said this year’s event could end up shaping future festivals.
âIf it works well and we can add other things in the future,â Price said. âIt may be a good footprint for us in the future. We might not necessarily have reviewed this if we hadn’t had this thing, but I think it’s going to be really good and cool. It’s going to feel more unique in the city of Raleigh.
After a year of uncertainty due to the pandemic, the ability to be flexible and expect anything has been important in dealing with the situation, Price said.
âMore than anything, it’s just that we want to get back together and have everyone do something together,â Price said.
Or: Moore Square and City Plaza in downtown Raleigh
When: September 9-11
Initial programming 2021: Animal Collective, Archers of Loaf, Body Meat, Bowerbirds, Caroline Polachek, Colin Stetson, Dougie Poole, Dr. Dog (farewell tour), Flying Lotus, Garcia Peoples, Hannah Jadagu, Helado Negro, Hippo Campus, Hubert Lenoir, Kate Rhudy, Lesthegenius, Libby Rodenbough, Lido Pimienta, Magic Tuber String Band, Makaya McCraven, Parquet Courts, Patois Counselors, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, Shannon & The Clams, Sluice, Sonny Miles, The Dead Tongues, Wednesday
Tickets: 3-day passes are available. Day passes will go on sale in early August. Passes are limited due to reduced capacity.