This past weekend, Upscaled co-founder Leo Velasquez was in Raleigh, North Carolina covering the Hopscotch Music Festival. Hopscotch returned to downtown Raleigh to celebrate it’s eleventh year from September 9-11, 2021. Known for adventurous lineups, memorable performances, and a fan-friendly atmosphere, the festival offered music in almost every genre imaginable—rock, hip-hop, metal, folk, electronic, experimental and more.

From its inception in 2010, Hopscotch has been a signature event for the creative community of Raleigh, North Carolina. Approximately 25% of the festival’s performers hail from in-state—a figure few, if any, nationally recognized music festivals can claim. Hopscotch is a city-wide celebration for locals and fans visiting from faraway locales.

This year, Hopscotch featured artists including Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, Parquet Courts and Dr.Dog as its headlining bands. 

Credit: Leo Velasquez, Founding Team

The festival also brings in roughly 25% of their lineup from local areas, such as artists like Sonny Miles (pictured above). This year, Hopscotch wanted to give a traditional feel while maintaining safety. Festival planners decided to limit capacity to 75% of the traditional limits and hosted two stages in order to keep crowds from getting too large. 

To see more photos of the event, check out Leo’s Instagram here.