The dog days of summer are upon us, and with them comes the latter half of festival season. Panorama returns for its second year at New York City’s Randall’s Island next weekend, and while the most populated city on the planet has its fair share of festivals to pick from each summer, Goldenvoice’s latest east coast party is more than capable of providing a soundtrack to a city that never sleeps.
Panorama’s three-day lineup includes a handful of singers, bands and DJs that make the price of admission worth while, but if you’ve already purchased your ticket/wristband and are desperately struggling with deciding which artists to see, AXS has got you covered. With a little over a week to go until Panorama kicks off on Friday, July 28, here are five must-see artists who will be performing throughout the weekend.
Tame Impala have evolved into the premiere psychedelic rock band of this generation. It’s not very often that a rock band (especially an international one) find themselves impacting the American mainstream musical landscape like these guys have. Following their epically awesome 2015 'Currents' album, pop artists including John Mayer, Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson and Miguel have all praised the band's primary songwriter, Kevin Parker, and have even recruited him to help with their own projects. Just remember to hold onto your mind when “Let It Happen” starts playing, because you will most definitely lose it.
Still relatively new to the scene, L.A.-based garage rockers Bleached have made a big impact both on and off stage since they started releasing music in 2011. Think of the poppy-sounding punk group comprised of sisters Jennifer and Jessica Clavin, Micayla Grace and Nick Pillot, as America’s own version of Hinds. In addition to making plenty of noise on stage, they’re also outspoken advocates for making misogyny in music a thing of the past, having released a zine with contributions from Best Coast’s Beth Consentino and Paramore’s Hayley Williams to name a few.
Another psychedelic rock group from down under, Jagwar Ma have perfected a more dreamy, tripped-out style of indie rock with pair of fantastic albums in 2016’s ‘Every Now & Then’ and 2013’s ‘Howlin’. Similar to Tame Impala, the trio have no problem stepping outside the traditional rock band sound in exchange for using an eclectic mix of alt-pop and indie dance styles within their music. Australian artists just seem to get it when it comes to moving pop music forward in a very saturated 2017, and Jagwar Ma are no exception.
Frank Ocean is somewhat of an anomaly in today’s mainstream musical landscape. He doesn’t use social media, he rarely gives interviews and he’s even canceled some of his select few festival appearances already this year. Thankfully he’s still good to go for Panorama, and after all the anticipation of his first album in nearly five years with the release of 'Blonde' back in August, fans are dying to see him finally take the stage at a major festival to see if he’s worth all the hype. Ocean fans will not want to miss his first U.S. festival appearance since 2014 when he headlines Panorama’s first night.
Most fans probably saw Dhani Harrison’s name on the Panorama lineup poster when it arrived back in January, and found themselves scratching their heads. All one has to do is google the British multi-instrumentalist to know who he is (and who his dad was). Having already played at Coachella back in 2009 with his band, Thenewno2, Harrison’s upcoming set at Panorama will be his first ever solo gig. If Sean and Julian Lennon can put step out of their famous father’s shadow to deliver some amazing rock music of their own, surely Dhani now has the chops to do the same.