Smiles Through The Storm: The People Of Treasure Island Music FestivalArticle by: Adrian Spinelli|@AGSpinelli
Wed October 19, 2016 | 00:00 AM
Look, sometimes it rains at festivals. We can dress accordingly coming in and do our best to embrace the crazy adventure, or we can rant on social media and generally be negative about factors beyond our control. Treasure Island Music Festival 2016 saw many of both types of festival-goers, but through the weather and schedule hiccups, I clutched my camera and snapped away when it was dry, trying to capture the spirit of the people who were on the island enjoying themselves.
The moment I arrived on Saturday afternoon, a strong wind coursed its way across the island and through the festival grounds. It was so strong that the pier hosting TIMF's iconic ferris wheel and Silent Disco quickly closed for the day. But everywhere I walked, the crowd on the island was awesome and it sustained a strong vibe. In a bit of a nostalgic arrival — this being likely the final festival of the season for many of us — I relished in a diverse population of free-flowing individuals who rocked their ponchos, boots and costumes with smiles everywhere I looked.
And the smiles on people's faces all weekend is what I'll remember best about TIMF 2016. Nobody smiled bigger than Oakland rapper Kamaiyah, who took the stage for a second time on Saturday afternoon in the hard rain and embodied the steadfast spirit of the Bay, while doing her gosh darn best to make the island forget about the weather for an hour. I'll remember the smiles of the two people who rode the Ferris wheel with me on Sunday when it opened up again. I'll remember the smiles of people as they jumped up and down wildly for Sylvan Esso's Sunday night set and I'll certainly remember the smiles of the people who paused for a second to open themselves up to my camera and be happy in that moment no matter what. Cheers.
Kamaiyah - Photo by: Adrian Spinelli
Sylvan Esso - Photo by: Adrian Spinelli
Ice Cube - Photo by: Adrian Spinelli
Purity Ring - Photo by: Adrian Spinelli