Treasure Island Music Festival Postponed for 2017

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Kamaiyah and her hypemen rocking ponchos in the rain at the 2016 Treasure Island Music Festival. (Estefany Gonzalez)

After 10 years, the Treasure Island Music Festival is taking a breather.

The two-day festival, held annually since 2007 on man-made Treasure Island, will not return this year, organizers said Wednesday in a press release. The festival is expected to return in 2018 at a different location.

“Although the event will no longer be held on Treasure Island, there are no plans to change the festival’s name, if for no other reason than to pay homage to the historic little island that was home to the event for a decade,” said the release.

Festival organizers Another Planet Entertainment and Noise Pop have yet to announce where the festival will take place in 2018.

The hiatus comes after last year's festival was fraught with heavy rain and other issues. The decision to relocate was determined prior to the festival, as construction for the landmark Treasure Island Development project began in March last year on the island’s western shoreline. This resulted in a last-minute relocation for the festival from the Great Lawn to a barren area on the southeast corner of the island.


Some acts, including How to Dress Well and Glass Animals, performed abridged sets due to the heavy rain. Others, such as DJs Duke Dumont and Flight Facilities, cancelled their sets outright. To make up for his cancellation, James Blake performed a show at the Fox Theater the Monday after the festival that was free to festival ticketholders.

"Last year's festival had no impact on the decision to not hold a festival in 2017," said Alex Scott, executive vice president at Another Planet Entertainment. "We are simply taking the time it takes to finalize the new location, making sure the new site will be one we can settle into for the foreseeable future."

Previous iterations of Treasure Island Music Festival, which officially launched in 2007, were headlined by the likes of Outkast, Beck, LCD Soundsystem and Major Lazer.