International Pop Overthrow (IPO) 2009

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International Pop Overthrow (or IPO, as it has affectionately become known) is a pop music festival that has been held for the past nine years in Los Angeles, and more recently in Chicago, New York, Boston, Baltimore, Nashville, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Chapel Hill, Atlanta and Liverpool, England (at the world famous Cavern Club)! 2008 was the most successful year yet, and 2009 should be even better.

The first stop in 2009 will be San Diego, from February 20-22. Later in the year, shows will be held in Phoenix, Detroit, , Chicago, Milwaukee, Liverpool, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver BC, New York, Cleveland, Boston, and Toronto, as well as other potential locations. Each International Pop Overthrow features between 25 and 180 of the best pop bands from around the world. The purpose of International Pop Overthrow is two-fold: to give every worthy band who'd like to play their music in a festival atmosphere the chance to do so, and to bring pop music the attention it so richly deserves, with the hope that it gains the kind of exposure that brings it into the hearts and minds of the mainstream and, hopefully, today’s radio and video markets.

Please note submission details for regional events are as follows:

Location Submission DeadlineEvent Date
San Diego No more San Diego slots available February 20-22, 2009
Phoenix January 15, 2009 March 6-8, 2009
Detroit No more Detroit slots available April 8-11, 2009
Chicago February 22, 2009 April 16-25, 2009
Milwaukee February 22, 2009 April 30-May 3, 2009
Liverpool March 14, 2009 May 20-26, 2009
Los Angeles May 5, 2009 July 24-August 8, 2009
Portland May 5, 2009 August dates TBA
Seattle May 5, 2009 August dates TBA
Vancouver May 5, 2009 August 25-29, 2009
New York August 22, 2009 November dates TBA
Cleveland August 22, 2009 November dates TBA
Boston August 22, 2009 November dates TBA
Toronto August 22, 2009 November dates TBA

Pop music, as it applies to International Pop Overthrow, is primarily guitar-based, melody-driven rock 'n roll music that is inspired by the spirit of the music that graced the radio waves in the 1960s and 1970s, but with a modern edge. If you feel that your music falls within this umbrella, we'd love to hear it!

IPO Sponsors include Sonicbids, Not Lame Recordings, Jam Recordings, Rainbow Quartz Records, DW Drums, Fender/SWR Amplifiers, Victoria Amplifiers, Zildjian Cymbals, and various others in particular locations.

IPO is held at venues like The Abbey (Chicago), Knitting Factory (Los Angeles), The Cavern Club (Liverpool), Paycheck's Lounge (Detroit), Linneman's (Milwaukee), East End (Portland), The Railway Club (Vancouver), Church (Boston), Kenny's Castaways (New York), The Rivoli (Toronto) and many, many more!

Please Note:Festival dates and number of performance slots are approximate and subject to change.

IPO is currently accepting applications for all of the above locations.