New York City’s Panorama Festival can’t seem to catch a break. The AEG and Goldenvoice-backed festival was forced to evacuate its first festival day in 2018 due to inclement weather, which was received with widespread criticism and backlash from fans. Now, as ticket announcements and lineup releases would have been on the horizon for this year’s edition of Panorama, the festival’s organizers have announced that the event will be going on a “hiatus” as the team looks to find the festival a new home. The festival was held on Randall’s Island during its first three years, but NYC Parks denied a permit for the festival for its 2019 iteration. The organizers are now actively seeking a permanent home for Panorama in Flushing Meadows, New York.
AEG released an official announcement about the festival’s hiatus in 2019, stating, “While we have enjoyed our time on Randall’s Island and its great facilities, we feel that we have achieved all that we can at this site. We look forward to continued conversations with City Parks to explore making the Flushing Meadows site a reality. Until then, we thank the fans and artists who supported the event for the last three years of fantastic performances.” In past years, Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Frank Ocean, and LCD Soundsystem have headlined Panorama Festival.
Panorama’s first night was cancelled due to severe inclement weather. Yesterday, Lil Wayne cancelled his set at the New York City festival because of an allegedly delayed flight. And the Ls keep coming: today, Greta Van Fleet announced that they would not be playing the festival. More »
The 2018 iteration of Panorama had a bumpy start. Thanks to the storms that have been hanging over New York all week, the first day of the festival had to be called off early under severe weather warnings. That meant that attendees missed out on festival conquerors like the War On Drugs and Father … More »
Panorama has not been going smoothly this year. Yesterday, the first night of the New York City festival was cancelled and the Randall’s Island Park grounds evacuated due to severe inclement weather. And today, Lil Wayne, who was scheduled to perform after Cardi B pulled out of the fest, has cancelled his set too. More »
New York City’s weekend-long music festival Panorama was all set to get started this afternoon. Fans were already on the Randall’s Island grounds. But at the last minute, the festival’s organizers announced that they had to cancel today’s festivities because of “severe weather.” … More »
Panorama, the annual July music festival on New York’s Randall’s Island (as opposed to Governors Ball, the annual June music festival on New York’s Randall’s Island) has announced its 2018 lineup. The Weeknd, Janet Jackson, and the Killers will headline on the nights of 7/27-29 with an undercard including SZA, Migos, Cardi B, Fleet … More »
Panorama Festival held its sophomore edition from July 28-30, bringing the likes of Frank Ocean, Tame Impala, Nine Inch Nails and more to Randall’s Island in New York.
Produced by Goldenvoice, the powerhouse events team behind festivals like Coachella and FYF, the 3-day event has quickly made a name for itself in New York’s crowded festival space. While it’s still early days for the burgeoning festival, it isn’t hard to imagine Panorama soon becoming one of the East Coast’s more reputable musical attractions — especially if the lineup curation remains as consistent as its first two editions. With a manageable layout, enchanting art and technology installations, and some of the more savvy artist bookings we’ve seen of late, Panorama is worth checking out for festival fans everywhere.
Here are five reasons Panorama should be on your festival radar.
A festival’s biggest selling point — for better or worse — is always its lineup. In this light, Panorama deserves credit for booking a less obvious roster of acts. Sure, names like Frank Ocean and Nine Inch Nails will bring a far-reaching audience — yet there’s a conspicuous lack of more crowd-filling safety headliners like Calvin Harris, Lady Gaga etc. Rather, Panorama gives a platform to alternative favorites like Nicolas Jaar, Nick Murphy, Vince Staples; and for that, it deserves credit. Add on more niche acts like S U R V I V E (the composers behind Netflix’s Stranger Things), THEY., Mura Masa and Honey Dijon, and Panorama has created an indie tastemaker’s dream lineup in lieu of catering directly to the masses.
A more manageable Coachella
Panorama has previously been hailed as the ‘East Coast Coachella.’ Given its blockbuster bookings, it’s an apt comparison. Yet the biggest difference between the two events — outside of their geographical disparities — is the sheer scale. While Coachella attracts upwards of 100,000 guests per day, Panorama is notably (and comfortably) smaller (note: official attendance hasn’t been released at this time). As a result, the festival is more manageable, and feels entirely more navigable and laidback without sacrificing Goldenvoice’s renowned production value.
House and techno haven aka The Point
This year, Panorama introduced The Point stage: a consistent bastion of true house and techno running throughout the entire weekend. Modeled as a giant outdoor disco, The Point hosted legendary underground acts like Omar-S, Theo Parrish, Derrick Carter, and the inimitable Motor City Drum Ensemble in his first US tour. The stage is a bit of an outlier to the rock, indie, and EDM-heavy cast of the rest of the festival — yet therein lies its beauty. Goldenvoice has gone out of its way to cater to house and techno fans in a genuine way, and it’s much appreciated.
Awe-inspiring technology installations
From the outset, Panorama has made a point to feature futuristic, technology-driven art installations. Spearheading the move is HP and their forward-thinking HP Lounge. The art pop-up provided more than just a flashy, festival distraction, but an immersive experience, highlighted by features like a giant, responsive, inflatable orb, and an interactive music-making machine where attendees contributed their own parts to a larger ensemble.
Randall’s Island receives its fair share of both criticism and praise, but for a festival like Panorama, it feels like a natural home. Big enough to accommodate multiple large-scale stages, yet spaced out enough to avoid sound bleed, the venue grounds are easily traversable, with transit between stages never more than five minutes. It’s a refreshing change of pace from its more massive counterparts like Coachella, where more often than not, attempting to split set times between one’s favorite artists results in sluggish transit times and labyrinthine crowd navigation. The efficient size further played to the advantage of easy entrance and exit from the event, making for a logistically stress-free festival experience.
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