Day 3 of Hopscotch was all about keeping the music and good times rolling. The early afternoon crowds had definitely expanded now that the weekend was in full swing. However, after two days of venue hopping and memorable performances, a good portion of the crowd seemed to be moving noticeably slower. With another full schedule of daytime sets vying for attention, it was the party hosted by Orange County Social Club, Third Uncle Records, and Merge Records at Kings that stood out. The show was solid from front to back, kicking off with a solo set by Superchunk frontman and Merge Records co-founder Mac McCaughan. It included a performance from late 90’s indie rock cult band the Rock*A*Teens and culminated in an Earth-shaking set from Birds of Avalon who were joined by Samuel T. Herring of Future Islands. The Birds of Avalon set was, simply put, one of the wildest and most engaging performances of the entire weekend. It was the kind of set where everything clicks… the band is in a groove, the crowd is feeding off the performance and the band is feeding off the crowd, creating a cycle that elevates it from a show to something special.
The evening festival performances would really have to deliver to match the expectations set at the Saturday day parties. Luckily the bands were up to the task and a third straight night of great music greeted festival goers. Again, as with the previous nights, the evening got underway at the main stage in City Plaza. A solid set from Tuskha paved the way for exciting young rapper Vince Staples. Staples’ style was a mixture of equal parts confrontation and party. Whether getting riled up or cutting loose, the crowd was definitely engaged and responding to the delivery. Closing out the final night on the main stage at City Plaza fell to hometown heroes Sylvan Esso. The indie electro-pop of duo Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath turned City Plaza into a sweaty uninhibited dance party and was the perfect way to send the crowd out on a Saturday night. While the main stage shows may have finished for the weekend, the night was still young and there were plenty of options to continue the party, including performances by All Dogs, Eric Bachmann, and Andrew Bird among others.