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Treasure Island Brings Great Music (and More) to San Francisco

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After attending CRSSD Fest on the waterfront, it felt like a treat getting to experience it all over again in San Francisco with a beautiful view of the city and the more chilled out vibe of Treasure Island. The 9th annual festival hosted cool psychedelic art installations, silent disco, art workshops and its first edition of a comedy tent.

At every festival I enjoy hitting the grounds at least an hour before the first act I want to see so I can walk around the festival grounds and get a lay of the land. It’s fun checking out the different activities, vendors, artists and big art and to take in everything the festival has to offer besides your favorite bands.

After exploring all the different nooks and crannies of the festival, it was time to check out the great music lineup Treasure Island offered.

Gorgon City


I was bummed missing their performance at TBD Fest, so I was excited to kick things off with their groovy sound to get warmed up for the day.

Cashmere Cat

photo by Victoria Kobayashi

Cashmere Cat was definitely in my top 3 favorite performances among deadmau5 and Chvrches. The bashful producer laid down a melodic bass heavy set on the Tunnel Stage during sunset with the ocean and city lights as his backdrop.

Hudson Mohawke


Scottish music producer Ross Birchard graced the Tunnel Stage at dusk sending Treasure Island into the night.

Big Grams

photo by Victoria Kobayashi

The recently formed super group of Big Boi and Phantogram definitely did not disappoint my expectations for their first performance. Although I was hoping their debut would have been hosted on the main stage, it was nice seeing their show in the intimate of the Tunnel Stage.



I ended day 1 with my most anticipated set of the weekend because I had been waiting for years to see him live and was stoked to see the new production set up known as the mau5trap, or “The Dome”, in action. He even brought out Left Shark, Alcatraz, and a hot dog, on stage during “Seeya”.

Father John Misty


I started Sunday with Father John Misty’s endearing, yet sarcastic, performance. He really knows how to grasp the spotlight with his amazing vocals and humorous stage presence.


photo by Victoria Kobayashi

I recently started listening to the indie-synth pop trio CHVRCHES before seeing their return to San Francisco, thus breaking their “San Francisco curse” since cancelling their OutsideLands 2014 show.


Taking in some of the festival’s other sights, I came upon some notables.


On Day 2 I walked by the comedy tent where I met some clowns outside. This is the first year Treasure Island hosted the Funny or Die tent dedicated to comedy and to provide a warm hideout between sets.

Treasure Island Peace Chains

Every year I always check out the “A Piece For Peace” booth where he offers different colored clay imprinted pendant necklaces for a recommended donation price of $5-10. I love the gesture of the necklaces and he also makes them in 53 different languages.


Around 3pm on Sunday, I still had a lot of time before Father John Misty would be making his appearance on the main stage and went by silent disco, where I would return to again and again between sets. Everyone who needed their upbeat dance music fix went to silent disco and wore headphones to listen to three different channels.

photo by Victoria Kobayashi

I decided to head out of the Festival early after CHVRCHES to beat the insane shuttle line back to Bill Graham at the end of the festival. On my way out it was fun seeing how the festival grounds transfer from day to night with their art installations lighting up.

For more about Treasure Island, check out their website at treasureislandfestival.com.

Photos by Tori Kobayashi

About the author

Victoria Kobayashi

Victoria is a music and arts contributor reporting on live events and festivals happening throughout California. She was born and raised in Sacramento and recently graduated from the University of California, Davis, majoring in Design and minoring in Professional Writing. Her hobbies include browsing through fashion blogs, photography, listening to new music, thrift store shopping and going on weekend road trips. She's always down for an adventure and meeting new people.

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