Treasure Island Music Festival in its 10th year and final iteration on the island certainly was one for the books. They may have relocated the festival to the other side of the island and one of the more gnarly initial storms of the winter season swept through both days, but it certainly feels like the soul of the festival remained intact.
Year after year, Noise Pop crafts a finely curated billing with top-notch talent consisting of both established and on-the-rise acts. From Ice Cube to Glass Animals, Neon Indian to Young Thug - and don't forget your healthy dose of Sigur Ros - 2016 Treasure Island had some glittering sonic plunder.
We at Magnetic Magazine are no newcomer to covering Treasure Island, so we dug deep and gave this final festival on the island our all - weather be damned! Here are our top five champions who kept their eye on the prize and soared above the torrential downpour and stifling winds.
The sun went down and the clouds cleared up. When the fog machine started pumping, setting the stage of the UK's Glass Animals, the crowd got focused and the vibe came right along. They played their hits like "Gooey" and launched into plenty of new music from their latest album. Glass Animals are just hitting their stride and are a sight to be seen whenever you get the chance.
Purity Ring takes the prize as the shining star of day two. Their unexpectedly elaborate but elegantly executed light strand setup was simply brilliant. They are renowned for their consistently forward-thinking approach to live performance, and Treasure Island Music Festival was clearly no show they were going to phone in.
ZHU is a critical darling and a strong fixture in dance music. It has been a big year for him, and even after my third time seeing him, he is evolving and growing stronger with each performance. Unlike his spring tour, I actually heard ZHU address the crowd with a microphone, and it got me quite excited as the mysterious character begins to step out of the shadows.
One of the best elements of Ice Cube's show is the moment when he gets down with his bad self and C walks. He clearly savors the moment, and the crowd loves every second of it. He played the hits that helped make him a household name and launched him right into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is an entertainer through and through, a purveyor of some of the finest gangsta' rap, and you have to love when he starts giving Dr. Dre crap for not coming out with the rest of the OG members of N.W.A.
The Brave Souls Who Weathered the Storm
The storms were some of the gnarliest in recent memory. Sheets of rain fell, but the festival promoters and bold festivalgoers stuck it out both days until the very end. Muddy and wet, but smiles all the way through, San Francisco came together on Treasure Island. With positive vibes, good times, and great friends, Treasure Island Music Festival pushed the clouds away for a great weekend that we will all remember forever as one hell of an adventure.