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Treasure Island Music Festival 2012 at a glance

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OCTOBER 08, 2012

Now that school has started, the Treasure Island Music Festival is upon us for those of you who are either still in post-Outside Lands glow or are itchin’ for a festival. The two days of music on the not-so-distant island this weekend are days filled with artists ranging from major label to indie local acts.

A trademark of the festival is to usually have one day geared towards hip-hop artists with the other day set apart for electronic artists. Saturday seems to be the most hip-hop heavy, with acts such as the Coup, Araabmusik, K.Flay and Public Enemy donning the stage. However, there’s still a mix of rock and electronic acts throughout the day as well, such as headliner Girl Talk and local rock artist Dirty Ghosts.

Sunday is the day most people will likely gravitate towards, as headliners the XX will be making their only U.S. festival appearance that day. The Gossip will also be there, coming back to the Bay Area for the first time since 2009. If that wasn’t enough, “Midnight City” creator M83 will be playing that day as well. Best Coast and Divine Fits round out the lineup, with local acts Ty Segall and Imperial Teen coming out as well.

If all that still isn’t enough, the silent disco will be making its return as well. For those of you not in the know, a silent disco is exactly like being in a club with a DJ, except everyone is wearing headphones that pump the DJ’s beats. It’s a little strange, but it might be worth checking out if you have some time to spare.

While the Treasure Island Music Festival is significantly smaller than Outside Lands, it still remains one of the most prominent music festivals in the Bay Area, uniting hip-hop and electronica acts — and everything in between — across two stages. You also don’t have to worry about missing an act, since everyone plays right after each other.

And if all else fails, you can ride the giant Ferris wheel, overlooking the bay, the city, and the ecstatic craziness that will ensue from the roar of the crowd.

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OCTOBER 10, 2012