Produced by Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment, Treasure Island Music Festival has been bringing thousands of fans — as well as artists like Ice Cube, the xx, and Major Lazer — to the Bay Area every October since 2007. This year, however, the music festival is taking a hiatus, promising to return in 2018 with a new, undetermined location.
The TIMF website explained the lack of an event this year as an opportunity to “find the perfect location” for 2018. As the festival has grown in popularity, the island venue has struggled to accommodate the festival’s growing number of attendees, and also support the technical redevelopments involved in hosting larger performances.
And while not explicitly stated as a reason behind TIMF’s halt in activity, it is hard to believe that last year’s festival disasters have nothing to do with the team’s desire to “regroup and prepare.”
TIMF 2016 was plagued with torrential downpours and delayed and cancelled performances, spurring hundreds of fans to leave the festival altogether. To make matters worse, a number of unhappy attendees wanted refunds for their tickets, which they didn’t get. Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment did try to make amends with an extended Kamaiyah set on Saturday night and an additional free James Blake concert at the Fox Theater a few days later. But it’s unlikely that artists and attendees will forget the issue-plagued 2016 affair anytime soon.
In order to stay afloat in the years to come, TIMF will need to first set sail for a venue with less temperamental weather conditions, then fulfill its promise to create a dazzling festival experience “unlike any other.” Here’s hoping they find such a location.