San Francisco Festival News You Can Use

San Francisco’s music festivals have made the news this past week. Today, the lineup of Outside Lands was announced, and last week the dates of Treasure Island were announced.

“April 8, 2009 San Francisco, CA — Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment are pleased to announce that the third annual Treasure Island Music Festival will take place on Saturday October 17 and Sunday October 18, 2009. Saturday will feature two stages of electronic and dance oriented acts and Sunday will feature a compelling line up of national and local indie rock artists.

This two-day boutique music festival will continue its tradition of providing a stellar and diverse musical lineup smack-dab in the middle of the San Francisco Bay on historic Treasure Island. There will also be interactive activities for the audience including a 60-foot tall Ferris Wheel, an interactive arts / vendor village featuring local designers, and an array of healthy and affordable food and beverages available.

The Treasure Island Music festival is organized by the producers of the Noise Pop Festival, one of the nation’s longest-running independent music festivals, and Bay Area based Another Planet Entertainment, an internationally renowned independent concert producer. The Treasure Island Music Festival has been called a “full blown love affair” by SPIN.COM. The SF WEEKLY declares that the festival boasts “an impressive lineup with bands from all over the world.” PASTE MAGAZINE proclaimed that “for the second year in a row, a 70-year-old, man-made island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay was home to some of the finest live bands in the country.”

“We’re thrilled to once again bring a pirate’s booty of musical treasures to the island in the Bay,” says Kevin Arnold, founder of Noise Pop. “The third edition of TIMF promises to be the best yet as we present another action-packed weekend of premier indie and electronic talent and myriad other diversions in what we think is the most majestic festival setting in the world.”

Full performer line-up and on-sale information will be announced early this summer… stay tuned!

For up-to-the-minute information on Treasure Island Music Festival please visit”


In other news, I especially appreciate the creativity of using muppet-like creatures singing a song in the woods to announce the lineup of Outside Lands. See it here.

Or here’s the actual poster as of now, changes to be announced later. Modest Mouse! Beastie Boys! Built to Spill! Pearl Jam! Dengue Fever! Black Eyed Peas! Thievery Corporation! Calexico! And so conveniently located on the calendar right before Burning Man…. They make it so easy to want to go, so convenient, so tauntingly available…. And they are clever, with the announcement of who will be performing, before the tickets go on sale. No buyer beware here!

Me? Especially excited by Modest Mouse in the lineup. Their only other scheduled appearance listed over at myspace is at Bumbershoot, and as we well know, Bumbershoot up in Seattle, WA conflicts with Burning Man in Black Rock City, NV every year! So I still haven’t made it to Bumbershoot, even when it was only a three hour drive from Portland, and BRC was many times that.

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