Just a week after the incredible Gov Ball 2017 lineup was announced, NYC’s newest competing music festival—the so-called “Coachella of the East”—came out with their equally, if not arguably better lineup. The second Panorama Music Festival, set to take place July 28-30, features Nine Inch Nails, Frank Ocean, Solange, A Tribe Called Quest, and many more. The mixed-genre festival falls a month after Gov Ball, so if you’re a NYC native and can afford both, we think it will definitely be worth it. Here is everything you need to know about Panorama 2017.
Friday: Solange and Frank Ocean
On Friday, the festival will conclude with headliners Solange and Frank Ocean, both of which released incredible albums in 2016. Solange, who arguably released the best album of 2016, has yet to release any tour dates in support of A Seat at the Table. Similarly, there hasn’t been much news as to if Frank Ocean is going to break his hiatus from touring this year. We know that Ocean has a few dates scheduled at music festivals both in the U.S and abroad—which now includes Panorama—but the verdict is still out as to if he’ll fully tour in support of Blonde. So, though there are many reasons to attend NYC’s newest music festival this year, it may also be the only opportunity New Yorker’s get a change to see either of these performers in 2017.
Saturday: Tame Impala and Alt-J
On Saturday, fans will be treated to sets by Tame Impala and Alt-J, the latter of which we haven’t seen or heard of in quite awhile. Tame Impala will also be performing at Gov Ball, but as an act which has been named “Mark Ronson vs. Kevin Parker” (Tame Impala’s lead singer). We’re not sure what this set will look like, and how it will differ from Tame Impala’s at Panorama, but we’re just happy to see Kevin Parker scheduled to take the stage for multiple NYC performances. We were pretty excited to see Alt-J—the short lived English indie band who made giant waves for two years and then nothing at all—appear on the Panorama lineup. And we’re hopeful this means the band will soon exit their sudden and surprising retirement.
Sunday: Nine Inch Nails and A Tribe Called Quest
Sunday’s headliners are Nine Inch Nails and A Tribe Called Quest, two incredible, iconic acts who represent genres that couldn’t be any more different. This past November, the world was blessed with the triumphant comeback of A Tribe Called Quest. Though the Tribe will be performing without Phife Dawg, we’re certain that it won’t hamper their ability to perform. The sheer energy of We Got it From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service demands Tip, Jarobi, and Ali be on their game, and considering it’s the Tribe’s first performance in NYC since Phife’s death, we’re expecting something really special. Nine Inch Nails’ set at Panorama will be the band’s first performance since 2013. Lead singer Trent Reznor has confirmed that the band will release two big projects in 2017, some of which we’re certain we’ll hear on the Panorama stage.
3-Day and Single-Day tickets will go on sale here on Friday, January 13th @ 10 A.M EST. The special pre-sale for American Express cardmembers will take place at the same time, Thursday, January 12th.
Panorama 2017 tickets run a little cheaper than what Gov Ball tickets are, currently, having sold through their first two price brackets already. 3-Day GA passes to Panorama will sell for a base price of $282, while single-day passes will be $99. Last year, Panorama tickets didn’t sell out, primarily because it was the festival’s first year in existence. But with this incredible lineup planned for 2017, we’d bet that Panorama tickets don’t stay in supply for very long.
The 2017 Panorama Music Festival will take place July 28-30th at Randall’s Island Park, the same location as Gov Ball.
The Panorama Stage is equipped with two HD video screens, one on each side, to create a 170 degree stretch around the stage. The wider display will include more audience members and provide a truly immersive music experience. The Lab, designed for and curated by NYC-based artists, space will be occupied by seven art installations and a 360 degree virtual reality theater, creating a “playground” for fans to experience the reciprocal relationship between art + technology. Panorama’s other special feature, The Point, is an open-air club celebrating NYC’s long history as the benefactor of EDM. The shaded, misted dance party will provide a constant stream of the best electronic and house music all day and night to patrons of the festival.
It’s only the second year of the Panorama Music Festival, and their lineup is one of the best we’ve seen of all the 2017 summer music festivals. Not to mention the care they’ve taken to designate special music listening areas, we think the Panorama promoters are well on their way to a great reputation. Don’t forget to buy your Panorama tickets this Friday, Janurary 13th, and until then, check out where the Panorama artists fell on our list of the Best Albums of 2016.