This past weekend WorldArts got to be a part of Treasure Island Music Festival’s 10th year anniversary and final year on the island. Despite the high winds and rain conditions in San Francisco this weekend, the festival and attendees who managed to brave the storm enjoyed an intimate musical adventure on the island.
Here’s a recap of what happened:
On Saturday, day one, of the festival we started on the main stage watching a beautiful set by the British indie electronic duo, Honne. Once Honne, was over we made our way to the Tunnel stage for a groovy set by Sofi Tukker. I enjoy that Treasure Island organizes their sets so the stages alternate set times, relieving ticket holders of the stress of missing part of an act due to conflicts.
The young British electronic music producer, Mura Masa, played an electronic R&B fused trap set with Nao performing live vocals. When he ended his set with ‘Firely’ featuring Nao, the entire crowd was singing and dancing along. If you enjoy indie electronic music with a hint of trap, he is definitely someone worth checking out.
Unfortunately after Mura Masa the rain downpour began during The Polish Ambassador’s set on the Tunnel Stage. The stage and production equipment became flooded and Young Thug’s set had been delayed, and also causing Duke Dumont and Flight Facilities to cancel their set due to unsafe stage conditions. Festival organizers pursued through the weather conditions and eventually the festival went on with Young Thug, Glass Animals, Zhu and Ice Cube closing out the night.
On Sunday, on my way to the east bay festival shuttles I stopped at a local Daiso store and purchased sauna suits for around $4.50 and it changed the game for me because I was completely waterproof and warm. I remained dry the entire day and was able to make it through the rain and the cold. Pro tip.
On day 2, I started out our day with Mac DeMarco on the main stage. Right after I caught Neon Indian, a fun indie-pop band, and jammed out to ‘Polish Girl’ their signature finale song.
I briefly got to chat with Scott Hansen, mastermind producer and graphic artist behind Tycho before their set on the main stage. The bay area native produces electronic music and performs with a live band. You can read our interview with him about his latest album, Epoch, here.
During Tycho’s set the rain started again causing minor delays and the cancellation of James Blake. However, he made it up to fans who stuck around in the Bay Area Monday for a free show at the Fox Theater in Oakland. But I finished the day enjoying sets by Sylvan Esso, Purity Ring and Sigur Ros.
Experiencing this year’s edition of Treasure Island Music Festival, made me realize that sometimes weather throws some punches but when you’re prepared for the weather conditions it’s also an amazing experience to hear live music in a unique environment. For Example, it felt extremely fitting listening to Sigur Ros with the clouds passing through the sky with a full moon and the small crowd who made it was huddled in the mud puddle and spaced out through the dry patches of the festival. Through all the hurdles, it ended up being a good learning experience for how to endure harsh weather conditions.
Sad to see the festival leave San Francisco’s Treasure Island after this year, but hoping for bigger and better things once 2017 comes around! Check out their twitter (@timfsf) to stay updated on what’s next for them!
Treasure Island Music Festival