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A Fest for the Rest

 Three reasons to give Treasure Island Music Festival top billing.


It may not have quite the same cachet as Outside Lands, but Treasure Island Music Festival—now in its 10th year, and its final on the island—is arguably the Bay Area’s premier music event. Let us count the ways. Oct. 15–16

1. Pacing
You know how most festival posters list dozens of acts in descending type size, like some sort of Pitchfork-approved eye exam? That’s great, but there’s no way you could ever catch them all. TIMF does away with the need for a musical itinerary by scheduling sets without overlaps. “We wanted to make a festival for people who don’t like festivals,” says producer Dawson Ludwig.

2. Transportation
The festival makes good on its eco-friendly pledge by offering shuttles to the island from the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Plus, if you want to pull up like a boss, it’s the Bay’s only festival you can take a ferry to.

3. Music (duh)
The festival has made a name for attracting not only top-flight headliners (including, in past years, Outkast, the National, and Beck) but also hard-to-land acts: This year’s bill includes infrequent festivalgoers Young Thug and Sigur Rós.


Originally published in the September issue of San Francisco 

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