The annual two day music festival held on Treasure Island, in San Francisco is returning for its eighth year. Treasure Island Music Festival is one of the best indie rock, electronic and hip-hop events on the west coast. Starting off small, the festival has grown into a formidable force in the festival scene and this year is no exception. Bringing together an impressive line-up of seasoned veterans and artists on the rise TIMF is shaping up the be one of the best end of the year parties around. Here are my top seven acts to catch at this years festival.
7. Ryan Hemsworth Electronic and hip-hop producer Ryan Hemsworth has finally hit it big internationally. The Canadian DJ was relatively unknown until last year when his debut solo album Guilt Trips was released. Mixing downtempo electronic beats with hip-hop, Hemsworth can command a crowd with the flick of a switch. Having already remixed tracks by notable artists like Frank Ocean, Grimes and Cat Power, the DJ has the star power to make his TIMF debut with a bang.
Recommended Tracks: “Snow In Newark”, “One For Me”, “Three Hours In”
6. Chet Faker One of the more fascinating draws to the festival is Australian electronica singer, Chet Faker. One of the hottest acts to come out of the land of Vegemite and assorted poisonous animals, Faker is currently touring his recently released album Built On Glass. Originally gaining fame for his chill cover of “No Diggity” he has since collaborated with fellow Australian and EDM powerhouse, Flume. With his newfound popularity, Faker will bring the relaxing and soulful vibes for an early afternoon set.
Recommended Tracks: “No Diggity”, “Drop The Game”, “Talk Is Cheap”
5. TV On The Radio While it has been some time since TV On The Radio has gone on a full tour, this has not stopped them from playing a random festival set or two. Having just released a brand new single titled “Happy Idiot”, TVOTR is progressively showing more signs of life. This is, of course, good news because they are one of the hardest-working live acts around and have consistently put out record after acclaimed record. TVOTR has been heralded as a must see act from multiple publications and music critics alike. Mixing soul, rock, electronica, and a passion for keeping the audience happy, TVOTR has the ability to put on one heck of a live show.
Recommended Tracks: “Staring At The Sun”, “Wolf Like Me”, “Happy Idiot”
4. St. Lucia South African born indie electronic artist St. Lucia, is one of the hidden gems of the festival. Currently still touring his excellent debut album titled When The Night, St. Lucia has managed to become a solid choice on any festival bill. A skilled musician and producer St. Lucia has produced the debut album for indie rock band HAERTS and has remixed many famous bands tracks. Some of these bands include Foster The People, Passion Pit and more. Upbeat synth pop and light electronic beats make for an extremely entertaining show, that just gets better with each performance.
Recommended Tracks: “All Eyes On You”, “Elevate”, “September”
Get ready for one of the most energetic and psychedelic soul shows of the whole entire event. Hailing from Kansas, R&B/soul singer Janelle Monae is a fireball on stage. One of the hardest working performers in the business Monae’s efforts have gained her six Grammy nominations and an ever-growing fan base from around the world. Taking the music industry by storm in 2010, Monae has worked tirelessly to perfect her unique style of psychedelic soul, mixed with R&B and pop. Constantly moving around and off the stage during her live shows, this will easily be one of the highlights of the festival. In fact if she brings it as hard as I know she will, then Monae has the high possibility of being the most talked about performance at this years TIMF.
Recommended Tracks: “Dance Apocalyptic”, “Tightrope”, “Electric Lady”
2. Alt-J The English indie rock band is back and with the release of their second album, This Is All Yours they are ready to take over TIMF. Alt-J is one of the most interesting bands to appear in the last couple of years, distinguished by lead singer Joe Newman’s unique crooning vocals and sporadic instrumentation. They are known for melodic guitar intros that suddenly and unexpectedly give way to wall of bass. Their new album is a shoo in for record of the year with more experimental hooks then you can count. Expect a powerful and strange sounding performance, but do not let this stop you from enjoying one of the finest indie bands currently touring on the circuit today.
Recommended Tracks: “Breezeblocks”, “Something Good”, “Warm Foothills”
Hold the presses because there is one big name on this festival bill that deserves everyones attention and that name is, Massive Attack. Some people may wonder why Outkast is not even on this list and that is primarily because they are old news in the festival touring department. However the legendary trip-hop band known as MA is not and in the scheme of things, never will be. The English group was formed in 1988 and has since released five critically acclaimed albums of mind bending material. With only three U.S. shows announced the band is a rare sight to see in the states and there is no telling when they will return. Do not kid yourself, MA is the whole entire show at this years festival and will introduce their mesmerizing light show along with a plethora of hits. Even if you have never heard of them the influential pioneers of trip-hop will further cement their legacy with their headlining slot and convert new believers by the droves at TIMF.
Recommended Tracks: “Flat Of The Blade”, “Teardrop”, “Paradise Circus”