The masterminds at Goldenvoice have brought us innovative music festival experiences all over the country, from Firefly to Hangout Music Fest (not to mention Coachella). They graze the east coast next weekend on Randall’s Island to present their newest endeavor, Panorama Music Festival, for its second year. Despite its sophomore residency, Panorama has added some big names to its roster, including Frank Ocean, Solange, Tame Impala, Alt-J, Nine Inch Nails, and A Tribe Called Quest. Spanning over the last weekend in July, Panorama already crosses off some musical bucket list items, but what’s even more impressive is their unique and extensive series of lesser-known artists on the rise. With such a wide range of audiences, there’s a setlist to watch for everyone. If it gets too overwhelming to choose who to see at Panorama this year, we’re here to give you some guidance. Here are 10 acts to see, from the celebrities to the rising stars, in no particular order.
Triumphing off their latest release entitled Hot Thoughts, Austin indie-rock band Spoon makes their Panorama debut this year. They’ll be playing on the Pavilion Stage Friday night, featuring the music of their newer, Hot Thoughts as well as their memorable 2000s indie punk classics that have gained them their remarkable fanbase. With their chart successes, television appearances, and tours spanning across continents, these gentlemen have certainly earned the right to be listed under Friday night’s headliners.
Friday Night, Pavilion Stage, 5:45pm
Super Recordings have served as a launching point for electropop British artists like AlunaGeorge, but have recently brought a modern twist to velvety jazz with electronic duo HONNE. With a career only dating back to 2014, this two-man band has developed a blissful soul influence, while remaining true to their Honne, or “real intention” in Japanese. Despite their relatively short career, they’ve already had chart success with their latest release, Gone Are the Days, and are sure to bring some smooth vibes to the Panorama Stage on Friday afternoon.
Friday afternoon, Panorama Stage, 2:30pm
3) Nine Inch Nails
There is not a band on this earth with more depth, chaos, vulnerability, and ambiguity than the industrial rock gods of Nine Inch Nails. Their long career has exposed their audiences to the most honest and wildest emotional journey. More recently, they have shifted the instrumental focus of their new music to appeal to a new generation. “Less Than,” their most recent single, brings us into a transient space shuttle through time, with the same accountability and menacing vocal timbre that attracts all those who listen. As headliners, surely they’ll have time to throw in some songs from their With Teeth album, for some of their more loyal fans.
Sunday Night, Panorama Stage, 9:20pm
4) Jagwar Ma
With such a wide array of talent gracing the Panorama fest, it’s always important to keep people dancing and smiling, and there’s no better remedy for the blues than Australian band Jagwar Ma. This band has a plethora of dance tunes, influenced by psychedelic rock and electro pop. Their first single, “Come Save Me” dates back to 2011, and they’ve been trailing the way for indie rock ever since, with a recent release of their second album Every Now & Then. They’ll play the main stage Saturday afternoon, and surely it’ll be the best chance for Panorama attendees to get their dance on.
Saturday afternoon, Panorama Stage, 4:45pm
5) A Tribe Called Quest
This group needs absolutely no introduction. With their ability to constantly reshape the hip hop genre, these legends will perform at Panorama as means to inspire a new generation as the group departs from the music world. Beyond their 15-year legacy, A Tribe Called Quest lost their bandmate and rap pioneer Phife Dawg to diabetes back in March 2016. Appropriately titled We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, Tribe’s latest and final album pays homage to their beloved brother in music, as well as the highs and lows of their long, influential careers in alternative trip hop music. This is the kind of performance that will bring the funk, and then bring on the tears as we bid farewell to one of the greatest hip hop bands to ever grace this country.
Sunday night, Panorama Stage, 7:30pm
6) Tame Impala
The Australian psychedelic pop/rock band Tame Impala is rolling past their 10-year anniversary in 2017. Tame Impala draws on the sounds and colors of early Pink Floyd and psychedelic rock of the 1960s focusing on the guitar and synth effects of the time. Their latest album Currents was released in 2015 charting at number one in their home country and charting well in several other countries including the US. Tame Impala’s sound delivers a genuine fresh take on psychedelic rock.
Saturday Night, Panorama Stage, 9:20pm
The California-based duo has consistently put out recordings uniquely their own since their second album We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic in 2013. Their latest album Hang was released January 2017 and marks a turn in their journey of experimenting with sounds and rock composition styles. The album carries a string of a sense of chaos seen in previous Foxygen albums but hones in on a crisper energetic sound.
Friday Afternoon, Pavilion Stage, 3:20pm
8) Angel Olsen
Olsen is an indie folk singer-songwriter who broke into a solo career following work as a touring musician with Bonnie “Prince” Billy. Her style is synonymous with her voice, recognizable riding ahead of the generally upbeat sound of the music. Olsen’s latest album My Women was released following the two singles “Intern” and “Shut Up Kiss Me” to well-deserved critical acclaim. Olsen also appeared on the 2015 Grateful Dead tribute album Day of the Dead with her version of “Attics of My Life.”
Sunday Afternoon, Pavilion Stage, 4:20pm
9) Glass Animals
Representing England’s indie rock presence at Panorama is Glass Animals. Formed in 2010 with its members still attending university, the band has made a home in major festivals appearing at Coachella, Bestival, Bonnaroo, and Glastonbury among others. Their sophomore album released August 2016, How To Be A Human Being, continues beyond the sounds of their debut album ZABA to explore the stories of life while weaving in and out of musical themes.
Friday Night, Pavilion Stage, 8:40pm
10) Nicolas Jaar
Composer and electronic music artist Nicolas Jaar is appearing at one of his hometown’s biggest music festivals of the year. Born and raised in NYC, Jaar creates compositions that ebb and flow in energy with a semi-improvised feel. His second album Sirens was released only last year but he has a strong resume of live improvised and experimental performances. His songs interlace grooves to dance to with ambiance to get lost with in the trance. Jaar’s skill with improvisation and composition make his live show a must-see.
Saturday Night, The Parlor, 8:30pm