It’s official: All the cool kids are doing it. Following in the footsteps of Outside Lands and early adopters like Bumbershoot and Bonaroo, the 2015 Treasure Island Musical Festival will debut its first comedy tent in October. In partnership with humor heavyweights Funny or Die, the venue will feature over 15 comedians (with names to be announced in the coming weeks). If the packed crowds at OSL's Barbary for acts like Tig Notaro and Scott Aukerman’s Comedy Bang Bang at this year’s Outside Lands are any indication, festivalgoers will welcome this addition to one of the Bay Area’s best weekends.
If the addition of the comedy tent to a lineup boasting The National, deadmau5, Run the Jewels, The War on Drugs, and more doesn’t make for a packed day, Treasure Island has also announced an impressive array of night shows (Red Bull not included). Spanning a range of venues and a vast musical landscape, one of the most compelling arguments to tack one of these extra shows is that they all feature bands who won’t be at the festival.
On Thursday, Oct. 15, TIMF takes over the California Academy of Science’s Nightlife program with performances from Florida indie darlings Hundred Waters and Canadian rockers Tops. Autechre, Cygnus, and Rob Hall tear up the Mezzanine on Friday, Oct. 16 while virtuosic guitarist Jessica Pratt holds down the newly reopened Swedish American Music Hall and The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr. takes over the Independent.
When the festival bids goodnight on Saturday, Oct. 17, things will get weird with Kero Kero Bonito, Vinyl Williams, and Professional Fans DJs at the Swedish American Musical Hall. That same evening, L.A. conceptual pop musicians Yacht play the Independent. Concluding the proceedings, Atlas Sound will offer the unofficial encore to the 2015 Treasure Island Music Festival with a Swedish American Music Hall set of his own.