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Everything You Need to Know About Treasure Island Music Festival 2016


Photo by Tyler Love

Festival season is not dead in The Bay! With Hardly Strictly in the books and Treasure Island Music Festival officially one month away, there’s plenty of reason to celebrate this fall beside, say, pumpkin-spice lattes, if you’re into that. Treasure Island is hosting its last Music Festival (because of its major landscaping project coming up). But rain or shine, the 2-day festivities will go on this October 15th and 16th.

Day One has typically gone to rap and electronic music, with Day Two dedicated to laid-back indie and rock acts. The line-up includes headliners Ice Cube (who will perform with MC Ren and DJ Yella of N.W.A.) and Icelandic rock group Sigur Rós. Night shows will take place Thursday-Sunday and include Deerhunter on Saturday at Mezzanine.

Treasure Island Music Festival will be bringing back the set-up that has made it possible for fans to see EVERY ACT in a day by staggering performances between the two stages. General admission tickets are $105 for single-day passes and $179.50 for 2-day passes. And FYI – they include a free shuttle to and from the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in SF and a TBA East Bay location.

Get to know artists from The Bay with our Need to Know Spotlight:


Scott Hansen, also known as Tycho, hails from San Francisco. It’s hard to see how the city might have influenced the artist, because Tycho has a sound that is entirely his own. It’s been described as “chillwave ambient music” full of downtempo synths. And Hansen’s impressive artistic reach extends outside music. He’s also known as ISO50 for his stylized photography and design work.

MC Kamaiyah

24-year-old MC Kamaiyah from Oakland packs a punch. Her buzzy breakout “How Does It Feel” from A Good Night in the Ghetto has been played across her hometown for months. She also joined Drake on TG’s “Why You Always Hatin’?” this year. So you can expect a lot more from this rising star, and one day say “I saw her here first”.


Originally formed in San Francisco, this metal band has definitely earned its spot in the Sunday lineup. Singer George Clarke and guitarist Kerry McCoy recorded a demo album in the city in 2010. From there, the duo grew to five and have gained a hardcore following with their shoegaze/black metal sound. Also named Spin’s 2015 Band of the Year, Deafheaven should enjoy a welcomed homecoming.

Day Wave

Newcomer indie rock band Day Wave formed in Oakland just last year. Jackson Phillips’ voice caught attention with the EP Headcase. Listen here.

Saturday, October 15

Ice Cube (feat. MC Ren and DJ Yella of N.W.A.) // Zhu // Glass Animals // Duke Dumont // Young Thug // Flight Facilities // Mura Masa // Stormzy // How To Dress Well // Kelela // Honne // Sofi Tukker // Kamaiyah

Sunday, October 16

Sigur Rós // James Blake // Purity Ring // Tycho // Mac DeMarco // Sylvan Esso // Neon Indian // Christine and the Queens // Wild Nothing // Deafheaven // Car Seat Headrest // Hinds // Day Wave

Night Shows

Thursday, October 13 – Dan Deacon, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith + DJs

Saturday, October 15 – Deerhunter // Buku, Stylust Beats

Sunday, October 16 – Kero Kero Bonito

Tickets sold here.

Featured photo by TIMF.

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