The Bay Area saw one of its biggest storms in months this weekend, but that didn't stop festival goers from taking part in the 10th year of Treasure Island Music Festival. Not only was the festival celebrating its decade of existence, but this was also be the last year that it can call Treasure Island home. The new location has yet to be announced, but I am patiently waiting to see where we'll be boogieing down in 2017.
A few cancelled acts, delayed sets, and mud for days - but there's nothing quite like dancing in the rain with thousands of people while listening to live music. And the wind? Nothing that a big bowl of Itani Ramen couldn't fix. Here are a few of my favorite moment's from this year's weekend on the Island.
Rain, rain go away. It's no secret that the rain put a huge damper on this year's festival, but we threw on ponchos and embraced the weather.
Bubbles. There were lots of bubbles! One of my favorite parts about music festivals is the slew of other artists that join. Live graffiti artists, bubble enthusiasts, a group of luminous jellyfish, and professional face painters (our friends from TopShelf Style even had a boutique pop-up).
There was a break in the rain and a rainbow decided to grace us with its presence. Just for a short moment though.
Let's talk about Treasure Island for a minute - this place doesn't get enough attention. Once a Naval Base in the 1940's, the Island is now a colorful place with much to explore. If you like ghost stories and feeling chills up your spine, wander around this place at night. The barracks and buildings from the Navy days still stand, but not all of them have been repurposed. The Island is sprinkled with abandoned buildings with Asbestos Warning signs nailed to the door. Then just across the street is a functioning winery! This place is spooky and amazing at the same time. (Who knows, maybe I'll do a post all about Treasure Island?)
James Blake was one of the many reasons I was so excited about this year's Festival. Dedicated fans describe his performance as life altering. So we waited in the rain and mud as his set kept getting pushed back and eventually cancelled. Though we still had fun dancing in the rain under the lights of the Bay Bridge, I couldn't help but still feel frustrated.
...and the aftermath.
After lots of hate on Twitter and social media, James Blake announced that he would perform a makeup show at the Fox Theater Monday night - free for all TI ticket holders! It has been dubbed a "fan appreciation show."
The line to enter the Fox Theater wrapped around the block several times. Thousands of fans filed in line in hopes to make it into the surprise show. Turns out the house was packed at 2,800 people.
I was blown away by the dedication of James Blake fans. With the first note of every song, the crowd went wild, captivated with his soulful voice and coordinating light show. I think it's safe to say that many left the Fox last night totally blown away.
Thats a wrap for this year's Treasure Island Music Festival. Though the rain and mud might have deterred some, it was still a weekend for the books. Until next time!
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