After covering the two previous Hopscotch Music Festivals, and mapping out the blog’s schedule for attending this year’s festival, I can safely say that the biggest reoccurring theme, outside hangovers and sleep deprivation, seems to be CME, or continuing musical education for the non-acronym inclined. See, what you guys may not realize is the festival is actually the bittersweet end to a process that starts months earlier, and is the culmination of hours spent combing through hundreds of Bandcamp and Soundcloud pages, looking for those needle-in-the-haystack type bands that may be unknown in September, but beeping massive come this time next year (see our previous coverage of Best Coast, Toro y Moi, and Washed Out.)
This year has turned out to be the most exciting lineup yet – after an ill-advised moment of disappointment when the initial lineup came out, we now have been officially schooled. After learning the awesome, but under-the-radar, bands that comprise this year’s lineup, we will not pass judgment before doing our homework in advance again. Pinky swear.
See the path we recommend you take below – and get ready for our tweets, Facebook posts, and a full wrap up of each day after we drag ourselves out of bed at the crack of noon the next day.
Also, for those challenged by the layout of the festival, make sure to print out this schedule, as well as the map below, and bring them with you. We all know how directions can become challenging after PBR number twelve.