Jan 22, 2024 - News

Local Limelight with Hopscotch Music Fest's Ben Wingrove

Photo illustration of Ben Wingrove in a polaroid photo.

Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: Courtesy of Ben Wingrove

Hopscotch Music Festival made a big return to downtown Raleigh last year after being constrained by the pandemic.

  • Festival co-owner Ben Wingrove is working ahead to make sure it remains a strong cultural institution for years to come.
  • Tickets are on sale for 2024's edition, set for Sept. 5-7. A lineup will be released later this year.

Axios spoke with Wingrove for our Local Limelight series. Answers have been edited for Smart Brevity and clarity.

🍜 Favorite place to eat in the Triangle: TON Noodles in North Raleigh.

🚃 What the Triangle is missing: A better public transportation system. The Triangle just doesn't have it. It affects festivals and even beyond that just getting around to all of the cities around here.

ğŸŽ“ What brought him to the Triangle: My dad got his PhD at UNC and he loved it there. He brought me to Chapel Hill and I fell in love with it too.

  • I ended up going to UNC in the 90s, played in a band around the Triangle and around the Southeast and I just never left.

ğŸŽ¸ What was your band called?: Psycho Sonic Cindi.

ğŸŽŸï¸ First thing he reads: I like checking numbers (as part of my job as president of revenue at Morrisville-based eTix), so I'll check ticket sales.

📕 Last great book he read: "The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers" by Maxwell King.

ğŸŽ§ Go-to podcast: "Grommet Vommit," a podcast where two nine-year-olds talk about skating, surfing and snowboarding.

🤘 Best show he's ever seen in the Triangle: The Ramones on their last tour.

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