Raleigh, N.C. — Indie rockers Spoon and hard rock nonconformists Mastodon will headline the 2014 Hopscotch Music Festival, organizers announced Thursday.
The festival is Sept. 4-6 at various venues in downtown Raleigh.
Spoon will be joined by St. Vincent and Raleigh's Lonnie Walker when they play City Plaza on Friday, Sept. 5. The following night Mastodon will be joined by Detroit punk pioneers Death and Chapel Hill's own Valient Thorr.
As with previous years, about 40 percent of the bands performing at this year's festival are from North Carolina. On Thursday, organizers released 115 of the 160 bands on the bill. Another 40 will be announced in the coming weeks.
"While most of our bigger slots are programmed and now public, we chose to break up the lineup to limit information overload," Hopscotch’s founding director, Greg Lowenhagen, said. "We’ve presented everyone at once in the past, and because the festival is still five months away, we thought it made sense to pull back and reveal artists in two stages. We hope this approach is more welcoming and makes the lineup easier to digest."
Lineup highlights include former Ween frontman Aaron Freeman's first performance with his new band Freeman.
VIP and three-day passes for Hopscotch Music Festival are on sale now. In June, when the Hopscotch schedule is released, one-day passes will go on sale. Those will run $65-$85.
Individual tickets for City Plaza shows will also be available. They will be $40.