San Francisco’s Treasure Island Music Festival returned October 19 and 20 to the sunny west coast. Featuring one of its strongest and most diverse lineups in years, Treasure Island didn’t fail to entertain.
Saturday was heavy on the hip hop and electronica. Detroit’s Danny Brown threw down some rhymes from his new album, Old, and woke up the Bay Area crowd the moment he stepped on stage. Dropping major bass and beats, Major Lazer and Disclosure electrified the festival with not only their tunes but with their frenetic performances. At one point during Major Lazer’s set, Diplo jumped into a ball and rolled himself into and out onto the crowd. Wild!
As the sun set, Poolside, Phantogram and Holy Ghost! brought the indie rock back with their drum and synth laden sets while the crowd swayed and sang along. Sweden’s Little Dragon stole the stage though, performing hits such as Please Turn and Ritual Union as the crowd ate it up. Thom Yorke’s super-group brainchild, Atoms For Peace, ended the evening with it’s experimental and groove-heavy rock, performing tracks like Before Your Very Eyes, Amok and some songs off of Yorke’s solo record, The Eraser.
Sunday’s line up featured more guitar noise from Palma Violets, Japandroids and Animal Collective. But who really stole the show was Haim. The three SoCal sisters came heavily hyped, but their A-game performance definitely warranted it. Performing tracks off their recently released LP, Days Are Gone, Haim gave the crowd the gut-check it needed with their eclectic stage presence and pop-rock jams. As the afternoon came to an end, James Blake soothed the crowd with his haunting and synth laden songs. Brooklyn’s Sleigh Bells brought the rukus as usual with their heavy guitar riffs and bass. Beck closed out the festival performing his signature hits like Loser and Devils Haircut, as the crowd ate up his funky hooks and sang along as the sun set on the bay.
Photos and words by Jason Demetillo.