It’s always an exciting time of the year when we get our first glimpse at the Noise Pop lineup. We know we’re going to get some high quality acts in settings that highlight some of our favorite local music venues. The festival runs February 19th through 28th this year, so expect to see more acts and a film announcement soon. Badges and tickets go on sale Friday at 11am PST here (starting at $145 for all non-seated shows + special events).
Noise Pop feels different than other festivals here in the Bay Area. They claim over 200,000 combined attendees for the 2015, but having the shows in our great local venues makes each show intimate. Sometimes the big events feel like a carnival that rolls in and out of town, Noise Pop has a more tangible connection to our local music community.
They also tend to do a better job at promoting local acts, not sticking them in that 11am Sunday slot like Outside Lands for example. Make sure to catch some of the local talent on the bill including HEARTWATCH, Astronauts, ETC, and it looks like there is a Film School reunion this year.
Acts announced so far:
Astronauts, Etc. (Oakland)
Beacon (our previous review)
Film School (SF)
Heartwatch (our previous coverage) (SF)
Kamasi Washington (previous coverage)
The Cave Singers (previous coverage)
The Mountain Goats (previous coverage)
The Thermals (previous coverage)
Wild Ones (previous coverage)
Art by Kii Arens