Treasure Island Music Festival called off for 2019, future in doubt

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Treasure Island Music Festival at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland on Oct. 14, 2018. Photo: Chloe Catajan.

Another Planet Entertainment and Noise Pop on Monday announced that the Treasure Island Music Festival, which ran for 10 consecutive years on Treasure Island before taking a year off and returning in 2018 to Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland, will not be held this year, or possibly ever again.

“It is with heavy hearts that we are announcing today that the 2019 festival will not happen and is on hiatus for the foreseeable future,” read a statement from the two event producers. “With the new issues facing the site location, we feel strongly as though putting on a festival to the degree for which our fans have come to expect over the past decade is simply not possible.”

Phone calls to Another Planet were not immediately returned Monday afternoon. Reached by telephone, Noise Pop Production Coordinator Connor Griffith said his organization would have no further comment about the festival.

Last week, the Bay Conservation and Development Commission filed a cease-and-desist action against the Port of Oakland for staging large-scale events at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park such as Treasure Island and the Second Sky Music Festival.



Conservation board officials said the Port of Oakland has violated its land use rights for the park—which include getting the board’s permission to hold events. The board was reportedly upset with how attendees treated the park at Treasure Island last year; for which the board’s permission was never granted. The San Francisco Chronicle reported the issue was brought to light by watchdog group Save the Bay.

In additons, Oakland’s Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, which recently was home to TIMF, Porter Robinson’s Second Sky Festival & more might no longer be a venue for concerts after receiving a cease-and-desist order from the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC).

Over it’s 11 years, the festival has featured many rising artists in indie rock, electronica and hip-hop, such as Thievery Corporation, Justice, TV on the Radio, Girl Talk and Death Cab for Cutie. Last year’s headliners were A$AP Rocky and Tame Impala.



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