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The Lollipops' fast paced, emotional psych-pop is a perfect vehicle for eclectic frontman Iggy Cosky. (Chris Cowperthwaite, Contributed) The Lollipops' fast paced, emotional psych-pop is a perfect vehicle for eclectic frontman Iggy Cosky. (Chris Cowperthwaite, Contributed)
The Lollipops' bassist Nathan Price said the band's City Plaza show was the biggest event they've played. (Chris Cowperthwaite, Contributed) The Lollipops' bassist Nathan Price said the band's City Plaza show was the biggest event they've played. (Chris Cowperthwaite, Contributed)
RALEIGH, N.C. -

A year and a half ago, nobody would have predicted The Lollipops would play the Hopscotch Music Festival's main stage. It would have been a pretty incredible guess, considering the Raleigh-based band was just forming.

Yet there they were on Saturday, opening up the final night of the festival on a perfect sunny afternoon.

"It sounded really good up there. It was nice to play a huge system. We've never done that before. We're normally playing house shows and, like, bedrooms," bass player Nathan Price said afterwards with a wry smile. "They gave us some money. Normally we get high fives and stuff, and nothing else."

The truth is The Lollipops have kept a busy schedule since their formation, playing a number of shows around the Triangle along with a handful of gigs out of state. But this was by far the biggest event they have ever booked, and they handled it quite well before giving the stage to indie legends The Breeders and Spiritualized.

The Lollipops' fast paced, emotional psych-pop is a perfect vehicle for eclectic frontman Iggy Cosky. By the end of their set, the City Plaza crowd had swelled significantly.

"[The Breeders' lead singer] Kim Deal told Iggy that she thought she liked the set, which is kind of crazy," Price said.

For a long time, nobody in The Lollipops realized what was in store for them as part of the Hopscotch lineup. Price actually works for the festival as the Day Show Manager, and organizers tried to keep their timeslot a secret.

"When I would go to meetings they would be telling me that another band was playing, and then like a week before they were like, ‘Yo, The Lollipops are going to be on the main stage with The Breeders and Spiritualized,'" he said. "And I lost it. It was amazing. It was so cool."

The upgraded gig status made Price one of the hardest working men in Raleigh this weekend, but he said it wasn't quite as rough as the 2012 Hopscotch.

"Last year I played seven shows and I had to be out at 6:30 in the morning to close down the streets," Price said. "This year, Raleigh Times and Lincoln Theater closed down their own streets and then CAM was inside, so I got to be there at like 10."

Hopscotch organizers have always made a concerted effort to highlight local acts on the main stage (Carrboro's Gross Ghost kicked things off Friday night) and Price said The Lollipops were incredibly grateful for the opportunity, especially considering all the other fantastic local bands sprinkled throughout the lineup.

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