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Celebrate 30 Years of Noise Pop in San Francisco: 20+ Venues, 1 Big Celebration!

Noise Pop Announces 30th

Get ready for an entire week of pure music bliss as the iconic Noise Pop Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary throughout San Francisco! Explore more than 20 venues in the […]

Get ready for an entire week of pure music bliss as the iconic Noise Pop Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary throughout San Francisco! Explore more than 20 venues in the Bay Area from February 20 to 26, enjoying a diverse range of acts and tons of unique experiences. Read on to find out more about this milestone event!

Festival badges granting access to all general admission events are on sale now, with individual concert tickets becoming available on Friday, November 18. Badges start at $175 plus fees, with a Super Fan badge available for $399 plus fees. 

Celebrating 30 Years!

Noise Pop is a San Francisco-based music festival celebrating independent and underground music. The festival was founded in 1993 by Kevin Arnold and Jordan Kurland and has since grown to become one of the country’s most respected and popular music festivals. Noise Pop is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and there are plenty of reasons to celebrate.

Noise Pop has been instrumental in cultivating the Bay Area’s vibrant indie music scene. The festival has always been dedicated to showcasing emerging artists; over the years, it has helped launch the careers of many now-famous musicians. Some of the most notable acts to come out of Noise Pop include Grimes, Passion Pit, Best Coast, Deerhunter, Wavves, and Neon Indian.

In addition to promoting up-and-coming talent, Noise Pop is also responsible for bringing some of the biggest names in independent music to San Francisco. Every year, the festival features an impressive lineup of local and national acts, making it one of the must-attend events for any self-respecting music fan. Past headliners have included Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House, Conor Oberst, Spoon, Waxahatchee, Purity Ring, holograms Fugazi, Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, NOFX, Death Cab for Cutie, Dinosaur Jr., My Morning Jacket, TV on the Radio and many more.

Lineup Highlights and Performances

The festival will feature performances from some of the most buzzed-about artists in indie, rock, hip-hop, electronic, and beyond. Check out some of the highlights below:

Tuesday, February 20 – Opening Night Party with Kero Kero Bonito at The Knockout

One of the most innovative and exciting new bands around, Kero Kero Bonito, headlines our opening night party at The Knockout. Don’t miss their high-energy pop set!

Wednesday, February 21 – Pavement Tribute Night with Creative Adult and more at Rickshaw Stop

To celebrate one of the most influential indie rock bands of all time, we’ve assembled a lineup of local talent to pay tribute to Pavement. Creative Adult headlines this special show at Rickshaw Stop, with support from Dirty Circles and Stairs to Japan.

Venue Guide

San Francisco has been home to the Noise Pop Festival for over two decades, and the celebration of all things indie rock is bigger than ever this year. With over 100 bands playing at more than 20 different venues around the city, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Here’s a guide to some of the most popular venues during Noise Pop:

The Fillmore: One of San Francisco’s most iconic music venues, The Fillmore has hosted everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Metallica to The White Stripes. It will host several Noise Pop shows this year, including sets from Widowspeak, Pure Bathing Culture, and Alela Diane.

The Independent: Another one of San Francisco’s staple music venues, The Independent is located in the heart of the city’s noise pop scene in the Mission District. This year’s lineup includes Beach House, Japandroids, Foxygen, and Washed Out sets.

Rickshaw Stop: Rickshaw Stop is one of noise pop’s most beloved smaller venues. It is located in the Tenderloin district and has a more intimate setting that makes for great shows. This year will see performances from Cults, Wild Nothing, Real Estate, and Teen Daze.


The 30th anniversary of Noise Pop in San Francisco marks a special milestone for the city. With 20+ venues offering unique experiences, fans had the opportunity to experience live music and celebrate their favorite bands in ways they hadn’t before. From discounted tickets to limited-edition merchandise and raffles, it was an unforgettable event that will continue for many years to come. There hasn’t been any other festival quite like it – so here’s to another 30 years!

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