Last year's Treasure Island Music Festival was such a great time that I couldn't wait for the 2008 edition.
Last year's Treasure Island Music Festival was such a great time that I couldn't wait for the 2008 edition. The early-bird tickets went on sale in April, and though that translated into five months of anticipation, I was delighted to find my expectations matched — if not exceeded.
The festival had an impressive and varied lineup of bands between the two stages, named Bridge (the bigger of the two) and Tunnel (the smaller). There was a little something for everyone, from electronic dance groups like Hot Chip, CSS, and Justice to relatively mainstream acts like Vampire Weekend and The Raconteurs. It wouldn't be a festival without some suitably indie bands, represented by Tokyo Police Club, Fleet Foxes, and Foals. For those not interested in checking out each and every show, there were many other diversions: a Ferris wheel, a haircutting booth, throwing down a blanket on the lawn, and a wide variety of (expensive) food and drinks — though it seemed like many people managed to smuggle in some contraband digestibles.
Everyone was bussed to the festival site from San Francisco on eco-friendly coaches, since Treasure Island has limited access. The whole process of boarding, traveling, and walking toward the grounds together fostered a communal feeling among the audience that I haven't experienced at many other concerts. It's a cool thing to be a part of, but that wasn't the only great thing about the weekend — to see my list of highs and lows, just read more