Live Review: Treasure Island Music Festival 10/19-10/20

photo by Victoria Holt

words by Kat Metrovich / photos by Victoria Holt and Stacy Cornett.

While KEXP was in NYC for CMJ, a few of us (Stacy, Victoria and Kat) headed to San Francisco for Treasure Island Music Festival. This was the seventh year SF’s Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment put this two day party together, and it gets better every year.

Atoms for Peace headlined Saturday, which is mostly electronic with some hip hop...

photo by Victoria Holt

Beck headlined the more guitar driven indie rock/pop Sunday...

Beck / photo by Victoria Holt

Since the island has limited parking, we boarded the free shuttle bus, everyone excited, and sharing recommendations...

Treasure Island ahead!

photo by Victoria Holt

Some gals we met on Muni enroute to the shuttle were raving about Robert DeLong, a Bothell native now residing in L.A. He was super fun and energetic. We caught most of his set as we entered the festival...

Robert DeLong / photo by Stacy Cornett

What makes TIMF so special is the setting and the people. The costumes were a show all their own...

photo by Victoria Holt

photo by Stacy Cornett

photo by Victoria Holt

photo by Victoria Holt

photo by Victoria Holt

photo by Stacy Cornett

Also, there’s so much to do. If you need a break from the live music, there were free massages, face painting, loads of shopping stalls, the SILENT DISCO!, several craft booths, robot dance parties, an interactive art installations, The Jerk Church Tabernacle Choir, The Purple Ones (a Prince cover band) and a FERRIS WHEEL!

We enjoyed the ferris wheel during Disclosure’s set...

Disclosure / photo by Victoria Holt

Disclosure / photo by Victoria Holt

photo by Stacy Cornett

Saturday highlights included ADULT. (See Victoria’s separate review here)...

ADULT. / photo by Victoria Holt

Danny Brown (who filled in for Tricky due to visa problems)...

Danny Brown / photo by Victoria Holt

Danny Brown / photo by Stacy Cornett

Major Lazer...

Major Lazer / photo by Victoria Holt

Major Lazer / photo by Stacy Cornett

Major Lazer / photo by Victoria Holt

and Atoms For Peace...

Atoms For Peace / photo by Victoria Holt

Atoms For Peace / photo by Victoria Holt

Sunday’s highlights included STRFKR, who brought the party!

STRFKR / photo by Victoria Holt

STRFKR / photo by Victoria Holt

STRFKR / photo by Victoria Holt

STRFKR / photo by Victoria Holt

HAIM had the biggest hair (and crowd for the small stage) of the afternoon...

HAIM / photo by Stacy Cornett

HAIM / photo by Stacy Cornett

HAIM / photo by Stacy Cornett

Stacy loved James Blake’s set (notice Blake’s gloves, it was getting pretty cold by then)...

James Blake / photo by Victoria Holt

James Blake / photo by Victoria Holt

James Blake / photo by Victoria Holt

James Blake / photo by Victoria Holt

Japandroids rocked the small stage with their Canadian pop punk thrills.

Japandroids / photo by Stacy Cornett

Japandroids / photo by Stacy Cornett

Victoria was excited to see Animal Collective, who drew one of the festival’s more unexpected and inspired dance parties...

Animal Collective / photo by Victoria Holt

Animal Collective / photo by Victoria Holt

Animal Collective / photo by Victoria Holt

Kat went nuts for Sleigh Bells, who’d just released Bitter Rivals on October 8th. Alexis Krauss bounced out like a boxer in a robe trimmed with leopard satin. Sleigh Bells’ Derek Miller filled out their touring band with guitarists Jayson Boyer and Ryan Primack, and drummer Chris Maggio. Their fantastic set included “Rill Rill,” “Infinity Guitars,” as well as new material. So crazy!

Sleigh Bells / photo by Victoria Holt

Sleigh Bells / photo by Victoria Holt

Sleigh Bells / photo by Victoria Holt

Sleigh Bells / photo by Victoria Holt

Sleigh Bells / photo by Victoria Holt

Beck closed out the festival, leaving folks absolutely thrilled...

Beck / photo by Victoria Holt

Beck / photo by Victoria Holt

Beck / photo by Victoria Holt

Beck / photo by Victoria Holt

See the rest of Victoria and Stacy’s photos here, here, here, and here.

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