Treasure Island not happening in 2017, but set to return next year
It’s been a rough year for music festivals, and here’s another one that’s hit a snag: like Atlanta’s Wrecking Ball, San Francisco’s Treasure Island Music Festival won’t be putting on a 2017 edition, but is planning on returning in 2018. The festival was forced to relocate its 2016 edition at the last minute due to construction, and now it faces having to find yet another location. SF Gate reports:
Jordan Kurland, co-founder of the festival, said that after a decade of producing the two-day concert at its namesake island, it felt like the right time to pause and re-evaluate. The biggest obstacle in moving forward, he said, is finding a new site as construction under way on Treasure Island’s long-awaited redevelopment project has forced the festival to relocate.
“A lot of factors went into our decision to take a year off, the main one being that finding a venue was taking a little longer than we wanted,” Kurland said. “But there was never a question of whether or not we would do another one.”
Organizers plan to keep the Treasure Island name, its San Francisco Bay Area location, and much of the same type of experience from past years. SF Gate continues:
Despite the change in scenery, the promoters are determined to keep the Treasure Island experience largely the same, with more than two dozen indie acts playing music on a pair of adjacent stages, with no overlapping sets and the laid-back atmosphere of a backyard barbecue. They also plan to bring back its iconic 60-foot Century Ferris wheel, interactive art installations, midway attractions, food trucks and silent disco.
You may recall 2016’s Treasure Island was plagued by torrential downpours, high winds, and delayed / cancelled performances that left some attendees asking for refunds.