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These Three Treasure Island Acts Were Upstaged By Their Openers

FKA twigs took the crown.


Run the Jewels

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The National

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The National with Chvrches lead singer Lauren Mayberry

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Father John Misty

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The Treasure Island Music Festival, the annual showcase that isn’t Outside Lands, brought crowds of 18,000 to the former naval base on the bay over the weekend. But unfortunately, the lineup may have been a bit out of order. Here’s a rundown of the artists that outdid their subsequent acts. 

Cashmere Cat, aka Magnus August Høiberg,  started things off with his famous track “Mirror Maru” and kept the crowd pleased with teasers from other artists, such as lines from Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” But the Norwegian DJ couldn't stand up to the previous performance on the Tunnel stage by newly up and coming artist Shamir. Playing songs from his recent debut album, Ratchet, Shamir set the crowd boogying with his disco–house–R&B fusion sound, nonconformist cred, femme charm, and high-range vocals. A suprisingly stellar perfomance that sent us straight to Spotify after the night ended. 

Outdoing headliner deadmau5, FKA twigs was Saturday's winner by all accounts. Deadmau5 entertained fans with a light-up geometric dome and head-pounding beats, including songs off the latest album while(1<2), but it was Twigs who absolutely dominated the stage with her angelic high notes and billowing black lace and leather ensemble. The singer, whose music ranges from trip-hop to R&B to electronic, treated the crowd to her organic dance moves and humble stage presence. We’re thankful that she joined last-minute in September, even if that meant replacing Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique. 

Yet another upset occured on Sunday when Father John Misty took the stage. Lead singer Joshua Tillman had the crowd grooving with a Western-rock vibe and comedic antics between sets. He played right to his audience when, mid-set, he intentionally adopted what he described as a “controversial hairstyle” (i.e., man bun). Ever the good sport, Tillman cracked wise and got down with the front row—he even took a few selfies on one fan’s iPhone during the song “Bored in the USA.” Up next on the Bridge stage, The War on Drugs couldn't keep up with the electric persona and comednable performance that Father John Misty gave. Maybe if they too had tied up those long locks. 

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