5 must-see artists at Panorama 2018

In only three years, Panorama Music Festival in Randall's Island, N.Y. has grown exponentially into the hearts of festival fanatics worldwide. The gorgeous scenery of Randall's Island provides the perfect backdrop for a three day sing along to some of your favorite artists with the New York city skyline in background. Panorama also takes pride in their ability to produce an eclectic lineup that can attract even the most obscure musical tastes. It would be a shame to miss one of 2018's most anticipated festivals, but it would be more of a shame to miss these 5 artists at this year's Panorama Music Festival. 

1. Janet Jackson

Because Janet Jackson... that's reason enough not to miss this living legend's Panorama performance. There's not much else to say other than that this is one of only two scheduled performances in 2018 for Janet, so if you're anywhere in the New York Metropolitan area on Saturday July 28th, it'd be wise get yourself a ticket. 

2. David Byrne

David Byrne is an icon to many in the music industry. His influence, along with the rest of the Talking Heads, is evident in many of today's top bands, including LCD Soundsystem and Radiohead. In 2012 he released a collaborative album with St. Vincent titled Love This Giant, so it's very possible that the two will grace the stage together for either of their respective sets at Panorama. 

3. The War on Drugs 

Emotionally relevant lyrics combined with mesmerizing psych-rock guitar solos are what to expect from Philly's own The War On Drugs. Their 2014 album, Lost In The Dream is a considered one of the best albums of that year and showcases singer Adam Granduciel's impressive songwriting abilities as well. Their live performances are packed with a nice blend of soothing, euphoric melodies and improvised psych-rock jam sessions. 

4. Chicano Batman 

Don't let the name fool you, these Los Angeles natives are no joke. Chicano Batman has seriously taken the live music world by storm over the last few years with their funky latin soul vibes and passionate performances. Expect the guys to toss in a cumbia style tune or two into their setlist and watch the crowd turn into a giant latin dance party. 

5. SZA

Other than Janet, it would be tough to find another artist that's gonna own the stage during her Panorama performance more than SZA. Since the release of her 2017 debut album, Ctrl, SZA has enjoyed tons of critical acclaim for not only her album, but her live performances. Be prepared to be seduced by SZA's talent, vocals and overall presence at this year's Panorama music festival. 

Check out the rest of the lineup here and don't forget to stay tuned to AXS.com for more information on the Panorama Music Festival.