Hopscotch Music Festival returns to Raleigh

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The Hopscotch Music Festival returns to Raleigh on Thursday (WTVD)

The Hopscotch Music Festival kicks off Thursday in downtown Raleigh.

There will be country music, R&B, heavy metal, pop, electronic, hip hop, and more. The festival is so good, Rolling Stone put it on its list of "Must See" music festivals.

UNC graduate and music enthusiast Greg Lowenhagen created Hopscotch Music Festival six years ago.

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"[Hopscotch is] for people who actively enjoy listening to music," Lowenhagen said. "It's usually for people who support local music throughout the year. That's typically the people we draw and we just bring them collectively together for three days as a bigger celebration of what's going on in the Triangle. And, also what is happening currently in the country."

This year, 140 bands will play, and dozens of them are local.

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"We're using the clubs, restaurants, and bars that are already here," Lowenhagen said. "We're not putting this out in a field where we fence everyone off and they spend all their money with us. The money actually cycles through the city to all the local business owners."

People come from all over the world, because there's music for everyone. Attendees can Hopscotch all over town to listen to their favorite kinds of music, or to sample something from each.

Click here for a map of the venues

Fayetteville Street will close at Davie Street for the weekend concerts, but otherwise everything else will be open and running downtown.

The concerts are at City Plaza and the Convention Center from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., then at every bar and nightclub around downtown until 2 a.m.

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