Review: Treasure Island

Oct. 15, 2012, 12:30 a.m.

Good vibes. Nice people being chill. Treasure Island is the hipster playground of your dreams.

Where else can you get a henna tattoo, make your own terrarium, snack on Korean burritos and jump on trampolines, all while rocking out to bands that you may have never heard of (but definitely should have) or have shrines to in your closet?

The annual festival held on Treasure Island, an old military base in the San Francisco Bay, featured two days packed with bands like the xx, M83 and Girl Talk. The festival has a music festival feel, with an unmistakable San Francisco flare. A sea of food trucks, artist stands, compost bins, funky installation art and a viewing platform straight out of Burning Man dot the space between two large stages. The crowd is a bit eclectic–everyone grooves along in their own “this is my moment with my music” kind of way.

The crowd is feeling good and grooving to Best Coast, jamming with M83. Eight hours into my island venture, and I’m feeling so much love for San Francisco. We all wait anxiously for the one and only punk-pop import the xx, the last act of the weekend, and I can’t help but think how lucky we are to live this close to a great American city.

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