As SFist first suggested may be the case last week, the Treasure Island Music Festival is no more, as the organizers confirmed in a statement Monday.
An ongoing battle between a local Bay conservation group and the Port of Oakland over the use of the most recent venue for the fest, Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, appears to have contributed to the cancelation.
In a statement posted to the festival website, co-organizers Noise Pop and Another Planet write, "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." They go on to say that "new issues facing the site location" ultimately threatened their capacity to put on an event at the "degree for which our fans have come to expect over the past decade."
According to the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), TIMF and other festivals that happened at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park over the last year caused damage to the sensitive wildlife habitat. The BCDC insisted that they were supposed to approve all events in the park, and as KQED reports, contracts signed by promoters for different events there "included no park-specific environmental stipulations aside from standard cleanup."
The 12-year-old festival previously took a hiatus in 2017 following the 10th anniversary show after its former venue space on Treasure Island entered a new redevelopment phase. As we wrote here last week, the festival focused primarily on electronic, alterna-pop, and hip-hop artists, and became locally beloved among music fans for its mellow pace and manageable scale — with just two stages, a small footprint, and no overlapping acts.
"Over the past 12 years, TIMF has worked hard to bring music fans an amazing and memorable experience, and we couldn't be prouder of what our teams created together," the organizers write. "Since [its] inception, the event has brought the Bay Area an inclusive festival-going experience filled with a unique and dynamic music lineup of performers from across the globe, while taking place in one of the most beautiful festival destinations in the world."
They also encourage fans to continue to support other local events they're involved in, "Whether it's Outside Lands or Noise Pop Festival."