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Treasure Island Music Festival 2016: Five To See

28 September 2016, 12:00 | Written by The Line of Best Fit

Boasting the best views of bay, a conflict-free schedule (no overlapping sets) and a diverse line-up of acts, there are dozens of reasons to spend a (hopefully) warm October weekend partying on a manmade island. And if you’ve made excuses in the past to “go next year”, take note: this is the festival’s last year on the island.

Treasure Island makes it easy to see every band perform, but try to schedule your beer, bathroom or burrito breaks around these five must-sees:

Christine and the Queens

Heloise Letissier’s alter ego has been dazzling audiences at festivals around the world this year and she’s set to do the same on Sunday night. Expect incredible choreography, a setlist that includes some fun covers (Technotronic’s "Pump Up the Jam", anyone?) and a performance by an artist who’s ready to make her mark in America.

Sofi Tukker

Grab a breakfast burrito and head to the island early on Saturday: New Yorkers Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern are going to get the party started early. The duo originally got their start supporting fellow New Yorkers The Knocks, and share their penchant for crafting infectious and downright fun pop music. Not to mention it’s a blast watching them play their custom larger-than-life book-covered drum kit.


It didn’t take long for the world to start noticing Los Angeles-based singer Kelela Mizanekristos. After dropping her debut mixtape Cut 4 Me in 2013, the praise started to come in from fans, critics and peers alike. It’s easy to hear why. The sensuous beats. The intimate delivery. The shimmering production. It’s futile to resist.

Sigur Ros

Embarking on one of their most intimate yet most visually incredible tours yet, Sigur Ros is returning to the Bay Area for the first time since 2013. Touring as just a three-piece band with no accompanying string or brass sections, Sigur Ros has reimagined their live show, debuting unreleased songs, playing new interpretations and dusting off old rarities.

Ice Cube

Will it happen again? Does someone have access to Dre’s daily planner?

Ever since Ice Cube brought out Dr. Dre at Coachella earlier this year to accompany him, MC Ren and DJ Yella, there’s been hope that an NWA reunion will happen again. That hasn’t been the case so far but, hey, fingers crossed.

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