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What Is Treasure Island Music Festival?

Treasure Island Music Festival (TIMF) is an annual two-day festival in the San Francisco Bay Area. Performers at the festival are traditionally a mixture of hip-hop, electronic, and indie rock. It historically takes place in September or October. Between 2007 and 2016 the festival took place on the San Francisco Bay island called Treasure Island. The festival organizers took 2017 off to regroup and in 2018 moved to Oakland’s Middle Harbor Shoreline Park.

Treasure Island Music Festival 2018

Treasure Island Music Festival is notable for booking performers who might be on the cusp of breaking out. Festival-goers are likely to see an opener at TIMF who will be a hot ticket at other festivals the following year. The festival has shifted over the years to include bigger headliners like Sigur Ros in 2016 and Deadmau5 in 2015.

TIMF is a relaxed music festival experience. Like many festivals, Treasure Island has two stages, but those stages are staggered so performances aren’t competing. This removes the common festival frustration of choosing between two bands who might overlap.

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Insider’s Guide to Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival

The White Stripes. The Flaming Lips. Spoon. Modest Mouse. The Mountain Goats. Sleater-Kinney. Guided By Voices. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. These are only a handful of the hundreds of bands who have performed over the last two decades at San Francisco’s Noise Pop Festival.

Many were little known when they first took the Noise Pop stage. Every February, Noise Pop returns giving music fans an opportunity to discover something new.

In 1993, Noise Pop was launched as a one-night event featuring a handful of local acts. It went so well, founders Kevin Arnold and Jordan Kurland, tried it again in 1994. They tapped punk rock band Jawbreaker to headline. The band had just come off a tour opening for Nirvana and were riding a wave of critical acclaim for their album 24-Hour Revenge Therapy. Not surprisingly, that show also did well, so the duo persisted.

Today, Noise Pop stretches over 10 days at venues in both San Francisco and Oakland. The focus continues to expose your ears to exciting new sounds of noise and pop, but recent years have seen an expansion beyond the aural to also include the visual.

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