Review Roundup: Treasure Island Music Festival 2009


The gorgeous and warm weather on Saturday fit the bill for the lineup that had a heavier concentration of electronic music and DJs (like MGMT and Girl Talk), while on Sunday I bundled up and chilled out to The Decemberists and Grizzly Bear. All in all it was an awesome weekend that ended with a bang as The Flaming Lips closed down the party. [Read the rest of the review…]

San Jose Mercury News

What most differentiates this show from the dozens of other annual festivals is, of course, the setting: Treasure Island, a place that many Bay Area residents have never even visited, offers a simply unparalleled view. There’s something magical about listening to music while looking out at the water, both the Golden Gate and Bay bridges, and, most dramatically, the San Francisco skyline.


Considering that several thousand people crammed into the festival space on Treasure Island we think that overall they handled the transportation issue in a pretty Green way. We made our way to the festival via zero-emission Bauer buses that picked most of the masses up at AT&T Park. The only real griping we heard came from East Bay attendees who said that they had to drive or take BART to SF instead of having shuttle buses come to the East Bay as well. [Read the rest of the review…]

The Bay Bridged

3:37:21 PM: One dude already crowdsurfing before Dan Deacon’s set. Deacon begins by showing the crowd a dance from the future. Then mayhem ensues. [Read the rest of the review…]


I’m sitting next to a girl I just met mid-afternoon. She says, “These are all the types of bands I want to listen to alone in my room.”And it’s true. Treasure Island’s second-day lineup consists of bands with slow tempos and sensitive leanings, a major temperature change from the electronic acts the day before. Aside from the cooler music, a serious drop in degrees has festivalgoers shivering. You could name this festival after flannel. I discover that Vetiver is fabulous music to buy a scarf to. [Read the rest of the review…]

Born during a sweaty, backstage, Bonnaroo downpour, the editor-in-chief's mission in life is to dance, write, and travel to every great festival that this wide world has to offer. While his identity remains a mystery, you may have already met him, probably when he helped himself to your party favors.

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