Quite simply, we love music. And we love seeing live music shows even more. So in the summer of 2011, God Save the Queen City was borne from the simple desire to put Charlotte’s best musical talent under one roof in a great venue. This simple idea became reality and has grown into a yearly music festival we at Ink Floyd, all the bands and all of our sponsorship partners are proud to call our own.
Thankfully, that first GSTQC was a huge commercial success with nearly 800 attendees who came away eager for more. For 2012, we used the same formula but with three times the impact: a three-day event, three sound stages and even more aggressive social media and street-level promotion around Charlotte and surrounding areas. Over 45 bands from the Charlotte area and over 20 sponsors partnered with us to bring this expanded platform to fruition.
From 2013-15 we added some incredible national and regional acts mixed with our favorite local talent to push our capacity and wow-factor. We expanded the festival to include multiple venues including our new partnership with The Fillmore Charlotte. God Save The Queen City is becoming a springboard for both national and local talent. We are turning Charlotte audiences on to a multitude of bands they might not have otherwise discovered…at a very reasonable cost.
This year God Save The Queen City will take over the August residency at Snug Harbor. Every Wednesday night we will have a lineup comprised of both national, regional and local talents, all at a super reasonable suggested donation of $2 or more. All proceeds from the August residency will benefit the Save The Milestone campaign. We feel the need to put money back into our music scene by propping the oldest and most historic rock club in Charlotte as it faces challenges of surviving. We will also have our ticketed main event 8/27 at the Fillmore Charlotte. This will put an exclamation point on 6 epic nights of bands!
Past performers have included: Dean Ween Group, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Diarrhea Planet, Kansas Bible Company, Ravenna Colt, Hiss Golden Messenger, Benji Hughes, Sea of Cortez, Pujol, Music Band, Alternative Champs, Dirty Art Club, Water Liars, Jim and Bonnie Avett, Futurebirds, Lee Bains and The Glory Fires, Jeff The Brotherhood, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Jonny Fritz (aka Jonny Corndawg), Clear Plastic Masks, Apache Relay, Floating Action, Promised Land Sound, Natural Child, and over 60 different Charlotte area bands.