Weekend preview: Treasure Island Music Festival

Oct. 13, 2015, 7:09 p.m.
Pennsylvania rock band Dr. Dog performing at a past Treasure Island music festival. (Courtesy of Tyler Love).
Pennsylvania rock band Dr. Dog performing at a past Treasure Island music festival. (Courtesy of Tyler Love).

If you enjoy a wide variety of musical artists and genres, have never been to Treasure Island, or are just looking for something cool to do this weekend, check out this year’s Treasure Island Music Festival (TMF). The annual festival features several prominent names in the music world, including its buzzed-about headliners, Deadmau5 and the National. Still not convinced? Here are 5 more reasons to clear your weekend schedule for Treasure Island:

  1. Laughs

For the first time ever, TMF is partnering up with Funny or Die, an Emmy-winning comedy video website and film/TV production company founded by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. The comedy tent runs between noon and 7:00 pm both days, featuring acts like Jerrod Carmichael and Germaine Fowler. Don’t miss the festival’s inaugural comedy sets, titled “the Blah Blah Blah” and a soon-to-be regular feature of TMF.

     2.  Night Shows

For those who want to get an early start to the weekend, TMF has put together night shows all around the city, beginning Thursday night and running through Sunday night. The shows feature a more eclectic range of artists than those performing at the festival; some, like the jazz-influenced Hundred Waters, depart stylistically from most other performers, whereas other groups like Y▲CHT mesh with the general theme of electro-pop and alternative rock. Some of these night shows are 21+ only, so don’t forget to bring your ID!

     3.  Treasure Island

The festival venue is, of course, Treasure Island, a small man-made island in the San Francisco Bay. The island is reachable via bus, as it’s connected to the San Francisco-Oakland Bridge. While enjoying the music and atmosphere of the festival, you’ll be able to see the Bay Bridge as well as the iconic San Francisco skyline.

  1. Silent Disco

Remember those Cardinal Nights Silent Discos you never wanted to end? Well, you’re in luck, because TMF boasts a silent disco on both days for the full duration of the event. Unlike those on-campus silent discos you’ve been to, TMF’s event will be powered by Jukely, a rising music startup that just made TechCrunch news.

  1. The rest of the lineup

Aside from the huge headliners already mentioned, TMF will host other notable artists like CHVRCHES and Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram). Though the sets will be split between two different tents, festival-goers won’t have to worry about choosing between artists, because there are no overlapping sets.

Contact Serena Wong at serenaw ‘at’ stanford.edu.

Serena Wong is a music editor at the Stanford Daily. She is a sophomore from Los Angeles, Calif, majoring in CS. To contact her, please email serenaw 'at' stanford.edu.

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