Today, Treasure Island released the splash page for this year’s festival site, and they’ve announced that they’re going to announce something next week (we bet next week’s announcement is the announcement of when they’ll announce their lineup).
In the meantime, we’re just sitting here speculating who the fest will round up to play this year, which will take place October 18-19 on Treasure Island.
Who do YOU most want to see?
Who is probably playing
Alt-J will be playing Portland on October 16 and Los Angeles on the 20th. If there is a clearer candidate to bill TIMF this year, I haven’t seen it.
Broken Bells is a dead ringer for the type of band you’re likely to see at TIMF, and though they don’t have anything set after Austin City Limits, it’s quite possible that TIMF is next on their To-Do list.
Washed Out has yet to play TIMF, despite the fact that they’re pretty much a perfect fit for the festival. In addition, they don’t have any California dates set on their current tour.
Massive Attack is playing in Los Angeles October 16 after the Corona Capital festival in Mexico City. If they’re on their way north, chances are good that they’ll stop by for TIMF.
Just leaving this here.
The last scheduled date on the calendar for Com Truise is October 16 in Boston, and Seth Haley is curiously missing San Francisco on tour, despite hitting Sacramento and Los Angeles.
Jungle is playing a show in Portland on October 16 between two bouts in Europe. It seems pretty unlikely that the London group would make their way out West for only one show on this coast. My money is on TIMF, especially since they just sold out the Independent.
Who might be playing
Merrill Garbus & Co. sold out two straight nights at the Fillmore after releasing nikki nack this year, proving they have what it takes to bill pretty high at a festival—especially one on their home turf. They’re playing this year’s Austin City Limits, a festival that will likely share a few acts with TIMF, and have no dates announced after a festival in Mexico October 11-12, which brings us to…
OH HEY IT BAND. Sylvan Esso shot to the top with the release of their self-titled album this year and a tour with tUnE-yArDs. They also did this great little interview with The San Francisco Bay Guardian where Amelia Meath gushes about how much she loves San Francisco. They’ve just booked a date headlining the Independent in August, however, the Independent is a part of the APE/Noise Pop family (that put on TIMF). Could they be testing the duo out for a festival set?
Chance the Rapper and Childish Gambino
TIMF doesn’t host many hip hop acts, but when they do, in recent years they either have local ties (Antwon, K. Flay) or are wildly popular (Public Enemy). Chance and Donald are pretty popular and on the festival circuit. If the festival isn’t booking a harder rapper like ScHoolboy Q, they might opt for a more widely palatable act, like these two, who are touring together.
Belle & Sebastian
They’ll be playing in Austin on the 10th for ACL and then heading to Paris at the end of October. They’ll be busy, but it is possible they’ll stop in San Francisco before their Europe date.
MØ sold out Rickshaw Stop and has no dates set between Pukkelpop in August and a show in London.
New Pornographers and The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
The New Pornographers and their tourmates, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are on tour throughout the fall, but are not stopping in San Francisco. They are scheduled to play in Los Angeles October 17 and San Diego October 18, so it would have to be an early set, but you know, weirder things have happened.
Who is likely not playing
DeMarco sold out two nights in July at the Great American Music Hall and booked a date in November at the Fillmore. He won’t be there.
Though he’ll be playing Mexico City the weekend before, he may be too big of an act to play TIMF these days. In addition, he has a date set in late August in one of the biggest venues around—the Bill Graham.
Smith is playing the Fox in late September.
Yeah, it would be great to see St. Vincent again on the TIMF stage, but she’ll be en route to Helsinki.
of Montreal is playing Los Angeles right before TIMF, but they are also playing two shows at the Great American right after.
Though there have been some rumors of an appearance by Albarn, it seems unlikely. He’ll be in Argentina the week before on October 7.