Panorama 2017 Friday pics (Spoon, MGMT, Future Islands, Tyler the Creator, more)
NYC festival Panorama began on Friday (7/28) with Frank Ocean and Solange co-headlining. The Randall’s Island fest was plagued with some bad luck when the Parlor dome’s floor collapsed during Isaiah Rashad‘s set, and the stage was closed and evacuated for the rest of the day, forcing Cherry Glazerr, Breakbot, and DJ Shadow to cancel their sets. (Breakbot’s set was rescheduled for Saturday.) Other than that, the day went off without a hitch and there was tons of cool stuff to see.
With The Parlor closed, that left just the Pavilion tent and the main Panorama stage, which had absolutely no overlaps with each other. There was also The Point, an outdoor dance floor with nonstop music all day located by the main entrance, and the interactive/tech dome The Lab, which had crazy lines all day. Friday also had a Frank Ocean pop-up shop, which also had crazy lines. Panorama also really goes above and beyond with food and drinks, including a lot of different local food vendors and a gigantic craft beer selection.
I bounced around a lot on Friday and didn’t get a chance to see too many full sets besides Frank and Solange, but some highlights included Future Islands on the main stage. Their big, anthemic sound works great on an outdoor stage, and Sam T Herring’s famous dance moves were fun to watch as always — especially projected onto a huge screen. Spoon had a good crowd at the Pavilion tent, and they sounded as crisp and tight as ever. Tyler, the Creator (who, like Frank Ocean, had long lines for his merch all day) had the Pavilion tent overflowing like crazy. He didn’t have the stage packed with Odd Future members like the early days, but it definitely got a little rowdy in that tent like those classic OFWGKTA shows. Tyler is coming off releasing his best album in a while, and played a handful of songs off that album live for the first time.
One set I did see all of was MGMT. I still think they don’t get enough credit for how good of a psychedelic rock band they are (their crowds usually just want to hear the three hits and psych nerds often seem deterred from digging in), and their Panorama set was very psychedelic. The visuals on screen were super trippy and the band could really lock into a jam. The Congratulations songs, deep cuts, and the new song they played (“Me & Michael”) were both far-out and very tight, and even the hits gave MGMT a chance to let their freak flags fly. They took “Kids” into the kind of lengthy hypnotic jam that really makes you forget where you are, and they did a little experimenting with “Electric Feel” too.
The fest continues today (7/29) with Tame Impala, Alt-J, Vince Staples, Belle & Sebastian, and more; and Sunday (7/30) with Nine Inch Nails, A Tribe Called Quest, and more. You can still buy tickets. If you’re going, check out the set times. If you’re not, stream the fest live.