Home to an Air Force base, World Fair, Kaleidoscopic Fair, and now one of the most ambitious festivals of 2009, Treasure Island offers the ideal setting for two days and nights of some of greatest live musical spectacles at the 2009 Treasure Island Festival.
It’s no wonder, in the land of pioneers, prospectors, beatniks, hippies, and a host of other free thinkers, gypsies, and bohemians, Treasure Island Festival stands out as one the years best and most indie relevant festivals.
In the two short years since it’s beginning, Treasure Island Festival has been host to such indie giants as Modest Mouse, TV On The Radio, Spoon, Justice, The Raconteurs, Built To Spill, and Vampire Weekend.
Yet, this year will be the festivals most impressive line-up yet, pulling in acts such as MGMT, The Flaming Lips, The Streets, Brazilian Girls, The Decemberists, Beirut, Thao With The Get Down Stay Down, Grizzly Bear, and Yo La Tengo.
Running off the success of last year’s Justice performance, the festival continues to bring back the electronic dance party performances with MSTRKRFT, Girl Talk, and Passion Pit. A line up which will bring in plenty of flashing lights, glow sticks, and hopped up kids ready to dance.
The festival allows no over night camping, and fans must take a designated bus to Treasure Island from the main land. Though what it lacks in connivance, it makes up for in quality.
Being the middle of the San Francisco Bay, Treasure Island gives a one of a kind view of the city. At night the Ferris wheel lights up and the city lights bounce off the bay water, giving an added spectacle to the show.
If your not impressed with both days of music, individual tickets are available for each day. Though this will cost you. One-day tickets, either for Friday or Saturday, will run you 65$ each while a 2-day ticket will save you about 15$ at a total of 115$.
Though if you’re looking for the special treatment, VIP ticket are also available. VIP includes a parking spot on the island, sparing you a trip on the bus, an elite viewing area on the bleachers, and “a lounge with full bar and other amenities.” VIP tickets come in pairs, and can only be bought for individual days. So if your looking for impressive someone, surprise them with the two VIP tickets, running at 250$.
Treasure Island Festival is also making strives to become more “green” and earth friendly.
In the past, the festival has managed to divert 72% of its waste to recycling and composting, the second highest of any festival in the bay area. This year they hope to become number one.
All buses transporting fans to and from the festival are zero emission buses supported by Bauer’s. Biodiesel generators will also be used to help reduce emissions. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will also be supporting the events and encouraging fans to bike ride to the show.
Reducing waste is a passion for the festival. All printed materials will be on recycled paper, as will napkins, paper towels, and toilet paper. Compostable plastic cups, plates, and utensils will be available at all concessions. The festival will also be teaming up with the TRASHed Recycling Store, which will be accepting water bottles, plastic cups, and old cell phones in exchange for various TIMF prizes.
Though the real effort only starts with the festival. To help drive the message home, The Sustainable Living Road Show will be providing an education and outreach program, which will “empower the audience to utilize sustainable living strategies for a healthier planet.”
If your looking to help Clean Vibes with their green mission and gain free admission to the festival, visit the volunteers application on the treasure Island Festival website, under the Greening and Sustainability section.
Stay tuned in the coming week for more Treasure Island Festival coverage, including RBG’s most anticipated performances, festival updates and everything you need to know about this years Treasure Island Festival.