Punchy bass heard in SF, East Bay during Portola Festival

Punchy bass heard in SF, East Bay during Portola Festival

A thumping bass — boom, boom, boom — could be heard in parts of San Francisco and the East Bay over the weekend during the two-day Portola Festival at Pier 80 in Bayview, where top music artists electronics such as Flume, the Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim has played.

Residents complained on social media that the pulsating music was “surprisingly strong” and drive them crazy and could be heard in San Francisco Valley of Noah, Castro and the Twin Peaks neighborhoods – and all the way down the bay to Oakland and Alameda. Alameda’s Mark Schulze told SFGATE that the music was sometimes so loud that the windows in his house rattled.

“Amazing that…I hear the punchy bass from the Portola Music Festival all the way to Noe Valley,” wrote a Twitter user.

“@LondonBreed it’s time to STOP the ‘music festival’ nightmare tonight in San Francisco!” share another one. “We live miles away in Alameda, and the walls of our house are shaking from the vibrations! This is a violation of California state noise laws. Stop her! »

The city of Alameda released a message Sunday alerting residents to the source of the noise and said the police department was aware of the issue but was “limited in its ability to resolve the issue.”

Some Twitter users said they were confused about where the sound they were hearing was coming from in their home. “I went out to my jam jams to neighbor chat with the hooligans hitting the deep, pulsating bass that echoed through my floors only to find they were coming from @PortolaFestivalTHROUGH SAN FRANCISCO BAY,” wrote a.

“Where’s the noise coming from, you know?” said another Twitter user. “Folsom Street Fair or Portola Music Festival? I’m at Twin Peaks and the bass is driving me crazy.”

As the festival took place on Saturday and Sunday, the Friday rehearsal could also be heard. “That bass rumble: Portola Music Festival, Pier 80 in SF. Friday rehearsal, still at 10:30 p.m. tonight,” a Twitter user share.

Many on social media also applauded the musical acts. “The Chemical Brothers are the undisputed masters of electronic dance music,” wrote a. “They completely killed Portola.”

The festival was produced by Goldenvoice, the same Coachella promoter, and also received complaints about crowd management, with fans rushing over fences at one point. This was the first edition of the festival in the city. The name of the event is a nod to the 1909 Portola Festival which celebrated the reopening of the city after the 1906 earthquake.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health, which runs the city’s noise abatement program, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. SFGATE has also contacted the San Francisco Police Department and Goldenvoice for this story, but had not received a response as of press time.

This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.