The first day, headlined by (somewhat surprisingly) Empire of the Sun, has a lineup that leans toward stuff with dancey electronic influences: Cut Copy, Death From Above 1979, Flying Lotus, Battles, Chromeo, Dizzee Rascal, Shabazz Palaces, YACHT, Buraka Som Sistema, the Naked and Famous, Aloe Blacc, and Geographer. Death Cab for Cutie headline the second day, which is way heavier on guitars, bass, and drums. Explosions in the Sky, Beach House, the Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, St. Vincent, the Antlers, Wild Beasts, Warpaint, Thee Oh Sees, Weekend, Friendly Fires, and the Head and the Heart will all play.
Seeing Flying Lotus and Battles on the same day makes me beyond excited and it may mean I will finally make it out onto the shuttle buses to see this festival once and for all. I’ve heard good things but I’ve also heard the crowd and the vibe skews younger than some of the other festivals that get me psyched up, and despite last year’s LCD Soundsystem headlining slot, I’d never been too amped on who they’d booked to be the main talent on the lineup. This year’s choices of Death Cab for Cutie and Empire of the Sun won’t be enough to change that sentiment but the other talent on the lineup would be great to catch on that floating enclave in the middle of the Bay.
Treasure Island Music Festival
October 15-16, 2011
Treasure Island (SF Bay Area), CA