Panorama Music Festival Sets Out to Prove That Two Is Better Than One

by Silas Valentino

1 June 2016

Not without stirring up some controversy, Panorama Music Festival takes aim at New York City with a barrage of big bands.

Panorama Music Festival

It looks as though this town is indeed big enough for the both of ‘em. Panorama Music Festival is set for July 22nd through July 24th off the northeast coast of Manhattan on Randall’s Island and the music, art, and technology festival makes its debut a mere eight weeks after the sixth installment of the Governors Ball Music Festival.

Since news of Panorama broke last fall, the organizers behind Gov Ball were in protest—crafting an online petition for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to reject the festival—though inevitably the Golden Voice-produced Panorama proved successful and announced its star-studded lineup in March. With a resume that includes Hangout Music Fest, Stagecoach, and the cultural phenomena Coachella, Golden Voice is expected to bring the same festival grandeur to New York.

The inaugural Panorama lineup is jam packed with contemporary juggernauts from the likes of both indie rock (Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, The National) and hip-hop (Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Run the Jewels). The biggest grab is the Sunday headliner LCD Soundsystem who have recently reunited after a five-year break. Their appearance at Panorama will be their official big return to their hometown following two coveted warm-up gigs at the Manhattan nightclub Webster Hall last April as they prepped for Coachella.

Panorama’s lineup is a little top heavy with huge acts overshadowing the smaller ones in fine print though the three days won’t be without can’t-miss gems. Friday afternoon highlights include Beastie Boy Mike D’s DJ set, New Orleans staple Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and hip-hop beat master Madlib while Saturday has the rising MC Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals along with the Brainfeeder-approved producer TOKiMONSTA. There are two reasons to arrive early on Sunday: Brooklyn psyche-rap trio Flatbush Zombies and the group White Lung, who are the fiercest punks to ever blaze out of Canada.

For a complete lineup listing by day look below and then head to the official website for ticket information.

Arcade Fire
Alabama Shakes
Major Lazer
FKA twigs
Silversun Pickups
Schoolboy Q
Broken Social Scene
DJ Khaled
Mike D
Lindsey Stirling
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
DJ Harvey
De Lux
Here We Go Magic
White Lung
Little Scream
Justin Strauss

Kendrick Lamar
The National
Sufjan Stevens
Blood Orange
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
Jai Wolf
The Julie Ruin
Oh Wonder
Melanie Martinez
Ex Hex
Horse Meat Disco
Museum of Love
JDH & Dave P

LCD Soundsystem
A$AP Rocky
Kurt Vile & The Violators
Run the Jewels
Grace Potter
Flatbush Zombies
The Front Bottoms
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Servants
Holy Ghost!
Show Me the Body
Prinz George
The Black Madonna

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