History

Since opening in 2004, The Independent has served as one of the premiere venues of San Francisco. The Independent brings a diverse mix of entertainment to its stage โ€“ from Hip-Hop to EDM, comedy to podcasts, and everything in between. Many of todayโ€™s biggest artists played their first shows in San Francisco at The Independent, including LCD Soundsystem, fun., Bon Iver, Vampire Weekend, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Foster the People, Miguel, Disclosure, M.I.A., The xx, Zedd, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Pretty Lights and The National. Well into their careers, superstar acts such as Green Day, The Black Eyed Peas, Phoenix, John Legend, Sonic Youth, Arctic Monkeys, Dave Chappelle and Beck have performed at our intimate 500-capacity club. 

Noted for its robust sound and lights, perfect sightlines and a professional, courteous staff, the venue has become a staple for musicians, touring professionals and fans alike. Rostam Batmangli (formerly of Vampire Weekend) says of the space, “The Independent was a venue where we could connect with each person who came to see us. We played there a few times as we were coming up and each time that connection grew stronger.” 

With a continuous schedule of emerging and varied performers on stage, The Independent plays a vital role in San Francisco’s storied live music past, present and future and is proud to serve as the foundation of a continuously evolving NOPA district.