Festival Season Begins with Noise Pop

“Rain drop, Drop top, San Francisco was loving the music by Noise Pop”

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Rickshaw Stop

For the 25th year in a row Noise Pop has done it again. Music lovers from all over the Bay area and elsewhere came out to indulge in the world of emotion backed by rhythm and rhyme. With artists like Ty Segall, Creeper Lagoon, Tennis, and Tash Sultana the overall crowd was an eclectic but very lively bunch to say the least. From as young as “baby status” to as old as “reserved area necessary”, the San Franciscans partied the weeknights away.

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After realizing that studying architecture wasn’t his passion, Kevin Arnold began his pursuit to happiness within the music scene of San Francisco while attending school. Booking a show at the Independent, which was called the Kennel Club 25 years ago, was the start of something special for Arnold. That something special turned into a festival.

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The way that Noise Pop Film and Music Festival works is a span of 10 days is split into multiple music or film events each night. Each artist or filmmaker is set up in a different venue within the city of San Francisco. Venues like Bottom of the Hill, the Fillmore, the Swedish American Hall, and many more worked together to create one festival.

You could find any type of music you enjoy over the last 6 days from Dawes, the vocally rich and powerful almost folk/ soft rock sound to the spitfire poetic talent that is Clipping, the Grammy winning star of Hamilton. From bands you have never heard of like Daddy Issues, which had originally started as a Twitter spoof account, to those we all know like Vince Staples and Ty Segall.

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Electric Guest at the Independent

You also had the perk of discovering many different types of venues within the city, which was my very favorite part. One night you could be in the Rickshaw Stop chatting with the badass Irish bartender covered in tattoos listening to a local punk rock band, and the next night you could be fist bumping the air under neon laser lights to a world famous DJ at the Chapel. This festival truly offers it all with a little help from SF and its magical safe havens for music lovers.

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Hemlock Tavern

Next year add this festival to your list if you are anywhere along the West Coast. Tickets are cheap, happy hour is an excuse for nonstop hammer time, and secret parties are being thrown throughout the city for late night. Shoot some pool and grab a drink at Benders around 4pm when happy hour begins, check out your fancy Festival Guide provided by Noise Pop, and begin venue hopping!

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The Palms at Rickshaw Shop

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