If you crafted a flower crown out of autumnal leaves, Treasure Island Music Festival would be the most fitting venue at which to wear it. A true fall festival in a city without seasons, the weather quickly vacillates from overcast to sunny to windy as fuck, providing a frenetic energy mirrored by the 20,000 attendees. Treasure Island MF features a two-stage setup with no overlapping sets – save for a silent disco quietly pulsing in the background.
A mere 10 weeks after San Francisco’s behemoth, Outside Lands, Treasure Island stands in sharp contrast. While OSL, tucked away in idyllic Golden Gate Park, has the breadth of choice befitting any Lolla-Bonna-Governer-Chella, TI offers sweeping views of the entire San Francisco skyline and offers its patrons a more focused experience.
In turn, Treasure Island is a tightly curated event fit for urbane sensibilities. The lineup is stacked with artists of the hip and trending ilk: FKA Twigs, CHVRCHES, and Run the Jewels, just to name a few. The only distractions offered (aside from the staple Ferris wheel) were Jukely’s silent disco and Funny Or Die’s comedic offerings.
Honorable mentions go out to Bob Moses for making the early Saturday morning drizzle more than bearable, as well as Viceroy for bringing out the sun immediately after. Although, if the sun doesn’t come out during a tropical house set, are they even doing it right?
Treasure Island also made history as the first scheduled performance of Big Grams (aka Big Boi and Phantogram), who even brought out Killer Mike and El-P to perform “Born To Shine” and were Saturday’s standout performance.
Sunday took a turn away from the electronic and featured indie rock favorites such as José González, Father John Misty and The War On Drugs. The only respite from endless guitar music was the killer Silent Disco lineup and the comedy tent, the latter of which featured Jerrod Carmichael and Lauren Lapkus, among others.
As an overall experience, Treasure Island Music Festival is quite unique. The constant back-and-forth between the stages provided for a different energy, although it is easy to feel like part of a Wayfarer-clad herd. With no overlapping musical acts and days filled with stunning views, it is no wonder this floating fest in the Bay is a local staple.