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Hopscotch Music Fest kicks off Thursday

Posted September 8, 2016

Eryka Badu (Hopscotch)

— The streets will be buzzing starting Thursday as the seventh annual Hopscotch Music Festival kicks off in downtown Raleigh.

This three-day festival will feature 120 bands at 12 venues throughout the city. This year mark's the first time Red Hat Amphitheater will be an official Hopscotch venue. The amphitheater will host Erykah Badu and Gary Clark Jr. on Friday night.

The City Plaza stage will be rocking as well with Wolf Parade and Wye Oak on Thursday, and Beach House, Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals and The Dead Tongues on Friday. On Saturday, Sylvan Esso, Vince Staples and Tuskha will perform at the venue.

Another notable Hopscotch act this year is the first openly gay country band, Lavender Country.

Our picks for the top bands to see at this year's festival.

VIP wristbands are sold out, but three-day ($165) and single day ($85-$95) wristbands are still available for Hopscotch Music Festival. Single tickets for City Plaza and Red Hat Amphitheater shows are also on sale.

Don't have tickets? There are tons of free day parties happening at venues including Trophy Brewing and Slim's throughout the festival.

In town for Hopscotch? Check out our dining suggestions for where to grab a bite to eat between shows.


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