Panorama Music Festival Makes Its Debut In NYC

Panorama Music Festival Makes Its Debut In NYC

Goldenvoice's Big Apple debut with Panorama did not disappoint

Goldenvoice's Big Apple debut with Panorama did not disappoint

Photography: Paul L Carter

Text: Ian David Monroe

The debut of Panorama music festival, the sibling of Goldenvoice’s Coachella, was not perfect, but it was promising. Arriving on Friday, the throng of attendees was met with a truck full of ice water, to ease the parching sun while waiting in line for access bands. Producers passing around free water was a common occurrence throughout the weekend—a small gesture that went a long way, especially in 98-degree weather.

Once inside the gates, the grounds unfolded impressively, like a makeshift Disney World. Behind every turn was something new: a giant sphere housing art installations, a cocktail compound dubbed The Grove, a mist garden, and a massive screen with panoramic views of New York City. Those who splurged on VIP bands had their own private compound complete with lounge chairs aplenty. Even with three days of exploring, one couldn’t reasonably see all the festival had to offer, particularly it's varying food vendors, and that made it all the more exciting.

A surprising perk: every bathroom was air-conditioned. Again, air-conditioned bathrooms for everyone—an absolute luxury at a scorching hot event. Take note, Governors Ball!

Where Panorama faltered—and it did not do so often—was in its scheduling. FKA twigs performed a little too early in the day for her dark sultry songs; AlunaGeorge’s larger-than-life sounds got confined to a small first-come-first-serve tent; and the highlight of the weekend, the elusive Sia, really should’ve been a headliner. Can you think of a better finish to a music festival than Sia singing “Chandelier” to a crowd of happily drunk Millennials? That's another thing: there wasn't a single tween in sight.

What Panorama and its producers should be commended on was the unending good energy that filtered into just about every aspect of the weekend. From security to vendors, medical crew to clean up, everyone was there to have a damn good time. It’s that infectious spirit that will propel Panorama to higher (and wider) heights in 2017. See you there.



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