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The Triangle area of North Carolina has a vibrant music scene, and the Hopscotch Music Festival has been a staple in the triangle area for six years. From big names such as The Flaming Lips and The Roots to acclaimed local groups, Hopscotch has always highlighted a wide range of music. This year’s festival, which took place Sept. 10-12, was no different. TV on the Radio and Dwight Yoakam headlined the festival, but there was something for everyone. Hopscotch offers music fans the unique experience to see both X, a legendary punk band, and hip-hop favorite Pusha-T perform in the same weekend.
Hopscotch was started six years ago by Greg Lowenhagen, a former Indy Week employee who designed the festival as a “…nationally recognizable festival” for the Triangle. In 2010, the first festival was headlined by Public Enemy and Broken Social Scene and established Hopscotch as a major music event. While the major headlining acts receive the most attention, a lot of the festival’s fun comes from going to local venues like the Lincoln Theatre and the Hive. These shows are more intimate and allow eclectic acts to come through to the area.
Carlitta Durand, who hails from Durham, opened on Friday for TV on the Radio and Tycho. The Raleigh based indie-rock band Jack the Radio also performed at the Hive on Friday, bringing their unique blend of genres to the Triangle.
As usual, the mix of venues and genres made Hopscotch’s sixth festival a blast for those who attended. There is also no shortage of great local music for music fans who could not make it. Cat’s Cradle, a Chapel Hill live music venue, will be featuring big acts like Destroyer, Cannibal Ox, Archers of Loaf, and MURS this month.