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 born from the simple desire to put Charlotte’s best musical talent under one roof in a great venue, The Chop Shop NoDa. 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 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 2013-16 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 during these years to include multiple Charlotte venues: The Chop Shop, The Fillmore Charlotte, Evening Muse, Snug Harbor and Heist Brewery have all hosted multiple shows as a part of the annual event. God Save The Queen City has become 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 place with two action packed nights at Neighborhood Theatre in a return to NoDa. We will feature many festival alumni, both local & national, and are also thrilled to welcome a handful of exciting new bands making their festival debut. There will be a bigger push behind our now 3rd, God Save The Queen City beer release. We will feature live music hosted by the beer collaborators at Heist Brewery, Free Range Brewing & Salud Cervecería at their respective tap rooms on Friday, August 18th and Saturday August 19th. More details to come!
Past performers include: Dean Ween Group, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Diarrhea Planet, Black Pistol Fire, Nikki Lane, Kansas Bible Company, T. Hardy Morris, Spaceface, Ravenna Colt, Hiss Golden Messenger, Benji Hughes, Sea of Cortez, Pujol, Music Band, Dirty Art Club, The Everymen, Water Liars, Jim and Bonnie Avett, Futurebirds, Lee Bains and The Glory Fires, Jeff The Brotherhood, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Jonny Fritz, Clear Plastic Masks, Apache Relay, Floating Action, Promised Land Sound, Natural Child, and over 70 different Charlotte area bands.