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

Silas Valentino

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

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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.

FRIDAY

Arcade Fire

Alabama Shakes

Major Lazer

FKA twigs

Silversun Pickups

Schoolboy Q

Broken Social Scene

DJ Khaled

Mike D

Lindsey Stirling

Netsky

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

DJ Harvey

Madlib

De Lux

Here We Go Magic

White Lung

Algiers

Little Scream

Justin Strauss

SATURDAY

Kendrick Lamar

The National

Sufjan Stevens

Flosstradamus

Blood Orange

Foals

Daughter

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals

AlunaGeorge

Jai Wolf

Kaytranada

TOKiMONSTA

The Julie Ruin

Oh Wonder

Melanie Martinez

Ex Hex

AURORA

Horse Meat Disco

Museum of Love

Caveman

JDH & Dave P

SUNDAY

LCD Soundsystem

Sia

A$AP Rocky

Kurt Vile & The Violators

Run the Jewels

Grace Potter

RÜFÜS DU SOL

Flatbush Zombies

The Front Bottoms

SZA

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Servants

Holy Ghost!

Tourist

Tensnake

Classixx

Cassy

Show Me the Body

Prinz George

The Black Madonna

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