Show Preview: Treasure Island Music Festival

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Looking to spend 20 hours next weekend head-banging to an amalgamation of boundary-pushing hip-hop, dance, and indie artists? Treasure Island Music Festival (TIMF)—a two-day festival occuring on October 13th (Saturday) and 14th (Sunday)—is one step ahead of you.

By Maddi

Every year since 2007 up through 2016, Treasure Island Music Festival has been pulling and meshing together renowned artists from all corners of the genre spectrum. The festival is consistently well-loved for its eclectic two-day format—one day dedicated to hip-hop/rap and electronic/dance, the other focused on rock and indie acts. From noon to 10 p.m., each day features non-overlapping acts performing on two separate stages, named The Town and The City. In the past, TIMF has featured such popular artists as Deadmau5, Belle & Sebastian, Modest Mouse, and Death Cab for Cutie. In addition to a diversely curated selection of musicians, interactive art exhibits and roaming performers amplify the festival experience.

Following 2015, TIMF was forced to leave its beloved birthplace in San Francisco’s Treasure Island, leading to a year-long hiatus in 2017 as the search for a new home continued. From this year on, the festival will be regularly based in Oakland’s Middle Harbor Shoreline Park. As the name suggests, the park offers stunning views of the shoreline and the San Francisco Bay, making it the perfect new home for TIMF.

The hip-hop/dance selection on this year’s line-up includes New York rapper A$AP Rocky; Silk City, the EDM project of Diplo and Mark Ronson; genre-defying singer-songwriter Santigold; Australian, Grammy-nominated R&B band Hiatus Kaiyote; soulful art-pop artist Moses Sumney; experimental rappers JPEGMAFIA and Amine; Laff Trax, the joint project of chillwave icon Toro y Moi and instrumental hip-hop producer Nosaj Thing; French electronic music duo Polo & Pan; and British DJ George Fitzgerald.

Day 2 of the 2018 lineup will feature headliner Australian psychedelic/indie rock group Tame Impala and neo-psychedelic pop group Pond; LA-based indie folk band Lord Huron; indie singer-songwriters Courtney Barnett and Sharon Van Etten; Australian electro-pop artist Alex Cameron; British experimental funk band Jungle; melancholic ambient pop group Cigarettes After Sex; U.S. Girls, the experimental indie pop project of Meg Remy; British post-punk band Shame; Soccer Mommy, the bedroom pop project of singer-songwriter Sophie Allison; and serpentwithfeet, the experimental neo-soul project of Josiah Wise.

Check out the full performance schedule for information on set times and transportation at

Maddi is your local, friendly English major who spends too much time falling in love with the moon. Catch her on-air during the unholy hours of night as Sentient Alien.

Thanks to Giant Noise for the press pass to cover the festival! Stay tuned for our review.