Noble City Rock Festival 1

Picture Discs at Noble City Rock Festival

The Noble City Rock Festival is an annual festival held in Noble City, Sylvania, hosted by the label Warped Records and music magazine Tone Factory. It is the largest festival of Lovia in terms of visitors. Despite its name, not only rock acts play at the festival. The festival was organized for the first time in 2004. It is held in June.

2013 Edition Edit

The event is held at the Woodstock Forest park in Little Frisco, Noble City. It is the largest natural park of Lovia, and suited to the size of the event. The organizers expect 30,000 people (equivalent to 15% of the total Lovian population) to turn up, by means of an extensive media campaign on radio and national television. West Wave radio will broadcast the whole event during the course of the festival. Live media coverage is present, and a summary will be broadcast on television.

Despite the large-scale set-up of the festival, only a couple of foreign acts will play at the festival. The organizers want to spend as little money as possible, due to an extremely tight budget, and rely on the goodwill of bands and their fans.

There are two stages and a tent at the 2013 edition, as well as several smaller events not related to music. The 2013 Edition is held from June 21 to June 23, and visitors can either buy day passes, or a weekend pass, which costs the amount of two day passes. Free camping is included with the weekend passes. 

The main stage is called the West Wave Stage and sponsored by the West Wave radio station. The secondary stage is called the Seaman's Ale Stage and is sponsored by Seaman's Ale. The tent is called the Warped Tent, after Warped Records. The stages are referred to as A and B by personnel, while the tent is referred to as Z. 

Acts Edit

Act Time slot Genre Stage
The Diamond Sea June 21 Indie rock Seaman's Ale Stage
Eggwhite June 21 Punk rock West Wave Stage
Devil In The Details June 21 Alternative rock Seaman's Ale Stage
Picture Discs June 21 Indie rock West Wave Stage
Boy + Girl June 21 Indie pop Seaman's Ale Stage
Jitana Electrica June 21 Electro-swing, jazz West Wave Stage
The Neon Adventure June 21 Tech house Warped Tent
Automotive Jazz Ensemble June 22 Jazz Seaman's Ale Stage
Full Frontal Buddha June 22 Folk West Wave Stage
John Craig Ilava June 22 Singer-songwriter Seaman's Ale Stage
Fox Force Four June 22 Jazz West Wave Stage
Five Lonely Parrots June 22 Reggae Seaman's Ale Stage
Naselni Jazzeek June 22 Hip-hop Warped Tent
Popscene June 22 Indie rock West Wave Stage
Justin Dix, Shlomo, Knobtwister and Teknik Bass June 22 Multiple live-sets Warped Tent
First Fold Then Tear June 22 Rap rock/Indie  Seaman's Ale Stage
Marki Jólkavský June 23 Rap Warped Tent
Lost Cosmonauts June 23 Synthpop West Wave Stage
Car Crash Sex June 23 Punk rock Seaman's Ale Stage
The Senate June 23 Indie rock West Wave Stage
Man Ský June 23 Live-set Warped Tent
Hyperbola June 23 Progressive rock Seaman's Ale Stage
The Coasters June 23 Indie rock West Wave Stage
First Fold Then Tear June 23 Rap rock/Indie Seaman's Ale Stage
The Towners June 23 Indie rock West Wave Stage
Justin Dix, Tapedeck Destroyer, Noisewave and Infant June 23 Multiple live-sets WarpedTent

Course of the event Edit

The first day was dominated by rock acts, such as punk rock band Eggwhite and indie rock band Picture Discs. The amount of acts playing on the first day was slightly lower than the other days, as it was the opener day of the festival. As a result, it wasn't as busy as the other days. The closer act of the day, The Neon Adventure, threw a mighty party until deep in the night. The set was reminiscent of a rave party, and dominated by neon-clad youngsters. No real incidents happened the first day. Tone Factory praised the perfomance of Devil In The Details.

The second day slowly collapsed in a good-natured chaos when Naselni Jazzeek and Popscene played the crowds perfectly. Naselni Jazzeek attracted many casual music fans, causing many of the more seasoned festival-goers to migrate to either Five Lonely Parrots or Fox Force Four. As Popscene exceeded its time slot by more than two hours, playing until 3 AM, the Warped Tent went wild -courtesy to Justin Dix, Shlomo, Knobtwister and Teknik Bass. Their live-sets were much-frequented by members of other acts. A guest appearance of John Craig Ilava at Shlomo's set made for an unforgettable experience.

The last day was characterized by small fights, drug busts and chaotic acts such as Car Crash Sex and Hyperbola. The members of Hyperbola desperately tried to outdo the -admittedly meager- musical dexterity of Car Crash Sex. As The Coasters climbed the West Wave stage, Hyperbola saw a large share of "their" crowd leave for the golden oldies of Lovian music.

Side events Edit

Whenever there were no performances at the Warped Tent, the DJ's of the West Wave radio station hosted mixes to entertain festival-goers that got bored of the main stages, according to a schedule of theme hours revolving around indietronica, popular music, "guilty pleasures" and the harder genres of EDM.

Warped Vinyl had a temporary fan shop where band goodies and a selection of vinyl, band T-shirts and CDs were sold. A row of small shops selling all sorts of small junk and goodies were located around the Warped Fan Store.

West Wave had set up a sky box, where hosts reported the event 24/7. Two small stages around the sky box were used for performances by local bands. Ferenc Szóhad held a lecture on saturday evening on "the relation between popular music and youth protest movements".

See also Edit

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