September in North Carolina is already a pretty spectacular time of the year, but it just got a little better for residents of Raleigh as the second installment of the Hopscotch Festival has just announced the complete lineup for 2011.
In just its second year, the three-day festival (Sept. 8-10) has tapped The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Superchunk, Drive-By Truckers, The Dodos, and The Light Pines to play shows in Raleigh City Plaza, while more than 130 acts like Swans, Yelawolf, Japandroids, and Dinosaur Jr.s J Mascis will spread their performances across 11 clubs that are all within walking distance of each other.
Other notable acts include Twin Shadow, The Black Lips, Rhys Chatham G3, Cold Cave, John Vaderslice, Xiu Xiu, Royal Bangs, and Julianna Barwick. The Budos Band, Little Scream, Toro Y Moi, The Love Language, and Beach Fossils. But the coolest thing about it all is the festivals flexible ticketing scheme.
Fans who dont want to commit to three-day passes, which are modestly priced at just $105 ($155 for VIP), can spring for a $65, three-day wristband that gets them into just club shows, or even purchase tickets to individual City Plaza shows on Friday and Saturday for only $32 and $34, respectively. Hopscotchs official website says that organizers are committed to making all the shows accessible and have made only a limited amount of wristbands and single day City Plaza tickets available for purchase. Fan experience has been a priority from the beginning, they wrote, we dont enjoy waiting in line anymore than you do, [so] we are not overselling the festival.
City Plaza shows are all ages, but younger festival goers should be aware that a few clubs do have age requirements including a handful that are 21 & up. A complete list of those clubs and more details are available at the website, and the full lineup is available here. Detailed ticketing information is available here.