Sweeping Views and Stellar Tunes: 37 Photos of Beautiful Treasure Island Music FestivalArticle by: Adrian Spinelli|@AGSpinelli
Tue October 20, 2015 | 00:00 AM
Before the festival landscape became the behemoth scene that it is today, Noise Pop & APE's Treasure Island Music Festival was establishing its own boutique approach in a one-of-a-kind setting. We love that the OG alternating stage fest, makes it so you never have to miss an act. But the real star here is the intimate island upon which the fest takes place.
Like New York in a Spike Lee joint, Treasure Island is a character unto herself during the brilliant, two-day festival weekend. With sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay on one end of the periphery, downtown San Francisco's iconic skyline on the other end and the Bay Bridge hovering over TIMF's iconic ferris wheel and two stages, there's not a festival venue like it.
This year, 15,000 people descended onto the island each day, for Saturday's electro/hip-hop leaning lineup and Sunday's more straightforward indie rock approach. When the Bay Area winds settled and opened up into sunshine, TIMF claimed a slew of memorable performances: The National's impeccable closing set on Sunday, supergroup Big Grams' first full performance, CHVRCHES drawing the biggest crowd of the weekend, Panda Bear playing one of the most creatively original sets in recent memory, The War on Drugs' nostalgic set in the mist, Hudson Mohawke shining above all of the weekend's DJ/producers, Father John Misty's engaging banter and Viet Cong proving that they're the one of the best young rock bands on the planet.
And through this incredible celebration of music, the sky and scenery held an often surreal performance of it's own. With that, here's our collection of moments from this jewel on the Bay and one flat-out beautiful weekend.