Treasure Island Music Festival Preview

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With summer in our rear-view mirror and winter barreling down, next weekend’s Treasure Island Music Festival, now in its fifth year running, marks a seasonal last hurrah for those of who crave the energy, chaos, and colorful crowds that tend to go hand-in-hand with dancing outdoors.

Treasure Island Music Fesival, held on the mass of land between Oakland and San Francisco, is notable for being one of the most organized and manageable music festivals around—it’s possible to see every single band billed without ever leaving the comfort of your blanket. The well-versed promoters (local stalwarts Noise Pop and regional heavyweights Another Planet) keep the festival easy and intimate for patrons, erecting only two stages and staggering the schedule so only one band is playing at any given time. With performances taking place on an island known for its sweeping views of the San Francisco skyline and picturesque Golden Gate, it’s nearly impossible to feel overwhelmed (or really, anything less than elated) in such an idyllic setting with such an eclectic and well-selected lineup soundtracking the weekend.

Speaking of lineup, TIMF splits the demographic, booking dance-oriented electronic acts for Saturday and indie rock for Sunday. So those who like dance culture as much as they enjoy literate indie rock get their fill of both. Saturday we will see Empire of the Sun, Cut Copy, Death From Above 1979, Chromeo, Dizzee Rascal, Flying Lotus, Battles, Shabazz Palaces, Aloe Blacc and more. Sunday will bring with it Death Cab For Cutie, Explosions in the Sky, Beach House, the Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, The Head and the Heart, Warpaint, Wild Beasts, Thee Oh Sees and more!

Other treats and amenities include a Ferris wheel that offers star and stage filled vistas from up above, a Silent Disco, interactive art installations and commissioned costumed dancers, free transportation to and from the island, and lots of awesome vending by local independent artists. Attendees heading out this year, remember to pack your scarf and gloves and extra layers… the fog tends to roll in thick and the wind whips even harder out there on the island. So get your tickets, pack your provisions, and prepare yourself for an onslaught of festival fun.

Check back after the weekend wraps for a review and photo gallery, and get a sense of what was heard and what went down on Treasure Island this year. And learn more about the festival and what’s in store at the website.

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