Panorama: Artists to Watch

Panorama: Artists to Watch

Your guide to making the most of Panorama.

Your guide to making the most of Panorama.

Text: Megan Kasselberg

Music festivals can be overwhelming, to say the least. In the midst of fun and friends, we're forced to choose between our favorite artists' coinciding sets, running between them on the quest for the best music experience possible. In anticipation of Panorama this weekend, hosted in New York City at Randall's Island Park, we've come up with a list of our must-see artists to help you narrow down the essentials.

Friday's lineup is phenomenal: Frank Ocean and Solange are must-sees, and the power of each live is sure to start the weekend right. This'll be Ocean's first performance in New York in five years. He recently broke a three year performance hiatus, so if he plays any Blonde songs he didn't play at other festivals this summer, it'll be the first time they've been performed live. Be sure to check out Girl Talk (we can't get enough of "Shut The Club Down") and Honne, who released new single "Just Dance" earlier this month. At MGMT you can shake it to throwbacks "Electric Feel" and "Kids," and at MO you'll hear sexy new single "Nights with You."

Snakehips is performing on Sunday, so we're crossing our fingers that the artists team up for a set at some point during the festival to perform dance floor favorite "Don't Leave Remix." Spoon will be playing new album Hot Thoughts on Friday, as will Vance Joy after releasing  "Lay It On Me." Tyler, The Creator is a must-see, and we can't wait to hear how Flower Boy sounds live when coupled with his goofy stage presence. He often collaborates with Frank Ocean, and we're wondering if the Odd Future members have surprises planned for Friday night.

Saturday you cannot miss Vince Staples. Big Fish Theory is an excellent album, and he's known for giving fascinating insight into the worlds of celebrity and politics between songs. Tame Impala is always a festival favorite, and their visuals are unbeatable. We're hoping Alt-J will play Spotify single "Dancing in the Moonlight (It's Caught Me in Its Spotlight)," along with new tunes from 2017's Relaxer, and maybe even oldie but goodie "Breezeblocks." Belle & Sebastian's beautiful and honest lyrics never disappoint, and we're curious how they'll fit their 2016 release of 24 singles into a narrative with visuals for the performance. DJ and producer Matoma's set will be perfect for the dance, house music crowd, and hopefully jungle pop duo Sofi Tukker (who V recently had the pleasure of interviewing) will play new single "Fuck They." It's going to be a great weekend.

There's no rest for the weary: Sunday, nothing will hold us back from grooving at A Tribe Called Quest, after listening to Glass Animals perform How to Be a Human Being. Breathy alternative pop singer Kiiara will also have a Sunday set, along with Justice, for your Parisian dance fix. Mura Masa will likely be performing his recent release Mura Masa, and dark pop princess Bishop Briggs has a whole host of new music to play, including 2017 album Bishop Briggs. We plan on ending our weekend dancing the night away at Snakehips, shaking it to "Right Now" before returning to real life in the city.

Check out the official lineup poster below.

Credits: Photo via @fyffest

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