17 May 2018
It’s BACK! I was starting to worry that it would never return, but it looks like the festival has come up from the dead in full force – just not in the same location that we have always known it for. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but we heard that Treasure Island Music Festival had to exit Treasure Island mainly due to all of the construction work that is being done. I was just last on the island a few months ago and it really did seem like work was being done all over the place. It’s a quiet part of the city and while there are a handful of establishments and scattered activities, it almost felt like the festival itself had outgrown the location mutually around the same time. Treasure Island will bring attention to Oakland in 2018 – a place that I don’t get out to enough. At first glance, the lineup is decent. A little something for everyone, but it’s still not a stunner like the lineup for Outside Lands. I really would love to see the festival in its new setting, but I just can’t confirm that it’s something that we’ll attend this year. What does everyone else think? Have you all loved Treasure Island since the beginning? How do we feel about it moving to Oakland?
11 May 2018
My heart sunk a little when I saw this news earlier this week. In all the years that I’ve been sharing music festival lineups on Yow Yow! I’ve never actually had to go back and retract something like this. We shared this lineup to the blog just at the end of March and not even a month and a half later, the organizers have announced that the entire festival is being canceled. What a terrible feeling for all those involved especially those behind-the-scenes who likely spent a year + trying to put together what would have been a fantastic weekend.
The festival takes place in LA, which has an incredible music scene so I’ve been trying to wrack my brain to figure out what went wrong. Was it Coachella? Was it the clause that prevents other artists and bands from performing at music festivals and concerts within a certain time span of each other? It was disappointing when San Francisco lost Treasure Island Music after their 2016 run, but to cancel a fest before it even had a chance to get up on its legs is heartbreaking.
05 May 2018
I have left this poster up on my tabs this week not only as a reminder to post it to Yow Yow! but because it is so beautiful! The colors!! Oh my goodness, everyone knows that I have a major soft spot for this music festival because in a way, it sort of helped shape my youth. This was the event that I looked forward to every summer, more than Capitol Hill Block Party (early on at least) more than Seafair (because that has never been my thing ever) and more than the Bite of Seattle. Bumbershoot has always been a family friendly music festival that brings musical and comedy acts from all over the world into one place. There is also a huge emphasis on local acts. This year, I’m especially excited to see Portugal. The Man so high up on this lineup.