Day 2 of Hopscotch dawned with another slew of day parties to get everyone up and out. Based on the early crowds, it looked like plenty of festival-goers decided to bail on work and start the weekend early. The standout performance of the parties we checked in on was delivered by Raleigh’s Pie Face Girls at Legends. Pie Face Girls play loud angry, and ultimately catchy as Hell, punk songs with pro-feminist vibes in the mold of the Riot Grrl tunes dished out by Bikini Kill.
The main festival shows once again kicked off at City Plaza with the Dead Tongues followed by Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, before Beach House closed out the main stage. Friday evening added a new twist as Erykah Badu and guitar-slinger Gary Clark Jr. were scheduled to play the first ever Hopscotch shows at Red Hat Amphitheater. While it may have been possible with some overlap to hop between the venues to catch partial sets at both Red Hat and City plaza, many opted to pick one venue or the other and stay put for the headlining shows. For those that chose to begin the evening at Red Hat Amphitheater, their schedules were thrown out the window. Erykah Badu’s set was pushed back by two hours due to flight delays getting into Raleigh. Gary Clark Jr. was given an extended time slot and did his best to keep the crowd on their feet and rocking. Badu eventually arrived and was able to take the stage shortly after 10pm. The unanticipated time window between acts at Red Hat allowed us to head up the hill to catch Al Riggs at Deep South, and it was a worthy performance that made the headlining delay almost feel like a bonus. The other notable sets of the evening were Beach Slang and Car Seat Headrest at CAM followed by a trip back to Deep South for Diet Cig. Diet Cig consists of duo Alex Luciano on guitar and vocals, and Noah Bowman on drums. They delivered a frantic set of distorted pop-punk that while a bit primitive in delivery has tons of potential and spawned an overly energetic reaction from the wildly moshing crowd. Diet Cig are definitely a band that needs to be experienced live.