What: Panorama festival
Where: Randall’s Island Park
When: Friday, July 28, through Sunday, July 30, 12 noon - 11:00 pm
Why: Resting for a moment near the main stage, twi-ny struck up a conversation with a few of the thousands of music fans who traveled by ferry, bus, and shuttle to enjoy the three days of perfect summer sunshine, thoughtful event planning, and spectacular music that came together for Panorama NYC. From outstanding sets from headliners Girl Talk, Frank Ocean, Solange, A Tribe Called Quest, and Nine Inch Nails to newer performers including Foxygen, Dhani Harrison, and Angel Olsen to the excellent food, futuristic HP Lab, and dance music (and free water everywhere!), all of us agreed that in more than twenty-five years of NYC festivals, highlighted by the great late 1990s Guinness Fleadh (1997–99), the Beasties’ epic Tibetan Freedom Concert (1997), and a brief flash of Catalpa (2012), Panorama NYC has outdone them all, achieving possibly the best vibe ever at a NYC-based festival. For two years in a row, Goldenvoice, which produces Coachella, FYF, Stagecoach, and many other music fests, has done a fabulous job with vendors, sponsors, staging, and transport, creating an inclusive, joyful weekend of music and art that should not be missed. Below are just a few of our many photos; you can find more from Friday here and from Sunday here.