New York City was home to a music, art & food-filled oasis this past weekend, thanks to the good folks at Goldenvoice. In it’s sophomore year, Panorama Music Festival has proven that it’s a necessary addition to the summer festival circuit.
The three-day Randall’s Island music festival boasted impressive headliners this year, including the elusive Frank Ocean, who hadn’t performed in New York in five years. Thanks to this fact, the mysterious and much-adored headliner had Friday ticket sales in a frenzy. He delivered in a major way with a moving performance of many tracks off his latest release, Blonde, with some singles scattered in, including his breakout hit, “Thinking About You.”
His show felt like a movie and was broadcasted as such on the big screens – as it should have been, seeing that Spike Jonze was directing and filming the event.
The intimacy of the show was comparable to his NYC debut in 2011 at the Bowery Ballroom, back when nostalgia, ULTRA. was a leaked mixtape making its rounds. When you consider that Frank’s debut was to a crowd of less than 100, and his Panorama performance was to probably tens of thousands, maintaining that intimacy was no simple feat, but he did it with ease.
Perhaps even more hyped up than Frank’s performance was his merchandise booth, which had a 4 hour wait on line to make custom tour merch, like the above hoodie.
Frank wasn’t the only OFWGKTA alumnus at Panorama. Fresh off the release of his fourth studio album, Scum Fuck Flower Boy, Tyler the Creator performed on the Pavilion Stage, keeping OG fans happy by performing a few classic Golf Wang tracks like his Frank collab, “She” and “Tamale,” as well as his controversial breakthrough single, “Yonkers.”
Pre-Frank, Solange put on a beautiful show with gorgeous visuals to match.
In fact, cool visuals seemed to be a theme on the Panorama stage that day, starting out with MGMT’s early evening performance which featured some interesting visuals – including a digitized cow running on a never ending road? Fans were just happy to hear a couple of old favorites like “Time to Pretend” and “Electric Feel.” I personally was hoping for Frank Ocean to come out and do his version of the song with them, but I was severely let down.
Hip-hop and R&B were very present at Panorama on Friday. Earlier in the day, TDE signee Isaiah Rashad literally broke the stage in The Parlor tent that he performed in, shutting down the rest of the day’s sets that were scheduled for that venue for the day. Luckily, before the fiasco, THEY. put on an electric performance in The Parlor.
Hip-hop was prevalent once again on Saturday as Vince Staples took over the Panorama stage during the day, performing to a huge crowd.
Later that night, Australian New Wave/Indie band Tame Impala put on a psychedelic show as the headliners.
Sunday proved to be a day for the books, with legendary New York hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest announcing that it would be their very last show in NYC.
After losing Phife Dawg last year, the group announced that they would do a final world tour and retire.
Nine Inch Nails closed the festival out on Sunday night, Panorama being one of few stops on their live show circuit this year, marking their first time back on the road in three years.
Frontman Trent Reznor looked young as ever as he put on an incredible show.
On to the eats…
Panorama provided festival-goers their fair share of fun handheld foods to eat on the go, including the above pictured Trapizzino pizza cones.
Sushi burritos from Uma Temakeria were another huge hit.
And for sweets, this waffle cone from Eggloo made for the perfect treat to eat with one hand.
For those with a bit of time to sit and eat, wood-fired pizza from Brooklyn’s own Roberta’s was an easy choice.
Beyond the music, Panorama was decked out with cool things to do – like get glammed up in Sephora’s tent, trying products from Milk, Sephora Collection, and more – or as the boys were doing, cool down with a complimentary refreshing face mask. Free face and body jewels were distributed as well, and festival-friendly hair styles were done, courtesy of OUAI.
Of course, the HP-powered interactive Lab was a hit again among festival-goers.
There was a virtual reality station…
Plenty of cool photo ops!
A gigantic kaleidoscope…
The Lab was the perfect place to chill out betweens sets.
All in all, Panorama has left it’s mark as a much-needed, chilled-out New York festival to close out the season. Looking forward to next year!
All photos courtesy of Goldenvoice, unless otherwise stated.