Noise Pop Prepares to Take Over the Bay Area

Live music fanatics prepare yourseves, Noise Pop starts in less than three weeks. Now in its 18th year, the San Francisco-based festival invades venues around the city for one week, bringing in many of the best the music scene has to offer. In addition to concerts, Noise Pop sponsors art shows, a film festival (the Noise Pop Film Festival), an independent design fair (Pop N Shop) and a day-long industry forum to discuss music business (Industry Noise).

This festival is constructed very differently than the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, the Treasure Island Music Festival or the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival. Noise Pop requires no camping, full days off of work or long days using porta potties in a myriad of challenging climates. Instead they book special shows in venues around the city including the Great American Music Hall, the Bottom of the Hill, Café Du Nord, Bimbos 365 Club, the Independent and Slims. The film festival shows at the Roxie and the Artist’s Television Access (ATA) in the Mission and Viz Cinema in Pac Heights.

Noise Pop consistently brings an interesting mix of artists to the festival. Major indie rock acts like Modest Mouse, the Flaming Lips, the White Stripes, Sleater Kinney, Death Cab for Cutie, X, the Shins and St. Vincent have all played the festival. The lineup is equally impressive this year featuring two nights with the Magnetic Fields in addition to performances from the Dodos, John Vanderslice, !!!, Deerhoof, Visqueen, the Watson Twins, Atlas Sound, Mirah, Four Tet and more.

There two ways to get into Noise Pop shows: for $150 you can purchase a badge that gets you into all of the general admission shows (keep in mind there are a few shows that aren’t GA), events and films during the festival and there are special badges available to get you into one of the Magnetic Fields shows. If you don’t want to invest $150 to just see one or two shows; tickets for each show are for sale as well. Check out for more information.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *