San Francisco?s Noise Pop Music & Arts Festival flies a bit under the radar when going up against some of its bigger name competition, but it remains one of the leading independently promoted festivals in the US. Established in 1993, Noise Pop has a really cool history, and comes without the crowds and chaos of the mainstream festivals. Taking place over 10 days and spread across smaller venues across the city, the festival embraces San Francisco and its music venues in a way reminiscent of the early days of SXSW. And Noise Pop consistently features and supports high quality emerging artists – many of whom have gone on to widespread acclaim, including the White Stripes, Death Cab for Cutie and The Flaming Lips. Don?t miss out on this year?s line-up of exciting up and comers ? three of which we have highlighted here.