2012 Treasure Island Preview!


Are you ready to hunt for some treasures? Treasure Island Festival is just around the corner with a whole bunch of golden bands to hear. Read who were excited to hear–and why.

Who we’re excited to see, and why:

SBTRKT – We covered SBTRKT’s show at The Independent back in April of this year and loved their stage presence and use of live instrumentation. Their fuzzy drum and bass tones should set the stage nicely, and serve as a welcomed contrast to Public Enemy, who will follow their set on Saturday.

SBTRKT – Live at The Independent

The XX – After seeing Jamie XX play a DJ set in Scotland last year, we couldn’t wait to see the full group live. Their newest album, Coexist, is a great sophomore effort, that has us even more excited to watch them close out this year’s festival.

M83 – It was a tough choice at Coachella last year, but we decided to watch The Black Keys over M83. Those who caught that show instead, told us it was nothing short of amazing. It will be interesting to see how Anthony Gonzalez’s indulgent sound will carry out over the open-faced island and its highly regarded PA system.

Matthew Dear – The staple artist and co-founder of the alt-electro powerhouse label, Ghostly International, is a force to be reckoned with. His new album ‘”Beams” is just another record to add to his collection of quality work. We also covered Matthew and his band at Noise Pop this past February and loved their use of percussive and brass elements, that blended perfectly with their dark synths and chilling vocals.

Matthew Dear – Live at Noise Pop Festival 2012

Hospitality – We first discovered Hospitality after their cute, albeit funny and bizarre performance of “The Birthday” at A-1 Restaurant Equipment for  New York’s The Bowery Presents (Take note of drummer, David Christian as he lays down the beat on a plastic crate with tongs and ice cream scoop). Vocalist Amber Papini recalls a subdued indie Joan Jett (might be a stretch) and from what I’ve hear thus far is definitely worth catching early.


Another great feature of the event is that no shows overlap. As always, there will be a free shuttle to transport you to the island, which you can catch in Parking Lot A of AT&T Park. As with all other festivals, we highly recommend you take public transportation.

In addition to the 60 ft Ferris Wheel that has graced the Treasure Island landscape each festival year, there will be an ‘ever-changing eclectic mix of interactive art installations and roaming performers,’ plus the silent disco will be back in full-effect this year. We’ll be covering the show each day and posting live tweets, photos and show reviews throughout the weekend. We hope to see you there!

For the full Treasure Island 2012 lineup click here.