When Panorama announced that they would be returning to Governor’s Island in 2017 music fans rejoiced, but it wasn’t good for everybody. Governors Ball, produced by Founders Entertainment, took a massive hit due to Panorama occupying the same space on Governors Island a mere month and a half later. The emergence of Panorama, owned by Coachella producer Goldenvoice, begged the question “Can NYC support two music festivals?” So far, both festival’s 2017 lineups have us thinking maybe it can.
The bill features headliners Frank Ocean, Solange, Alt-J, Tame Impala, A Tribe Called Quest, and Nine Inch Nails. The top line itself is enough to have any festival junkie turn their head. The booking of Nine Inch Nails is reminiscent of an early 2000s Coachella or Lollapalooza. A Tribe Called Quest also adds to the feeling that Panorama Festival is becoming the “new old Coachella.” There aren’t many festivals in 2017 that are willing to book A Tribe Called Quest and Nine Inch Nails on the same day… talk about 90s nostalgia overload.
Even though Panorama draws heavily from artists that were popular for most of the 1990s the lineup features some of the most critically acclaimed popular acts of 2017. After releasing Blonde in August along with the accompanying visual album Endless, Frank Ocean has arguably hit peak popularity, and the fact that he tours so sparingly makes his Panorama performance even better. After touring all summer, Tame Impala announced that they would be taking an indefinite hiatus, I suppose Kevin had a change of heart after spending some time off the road because the band will be blowing minds this summer in New York.
The lineup also features a fairly diverse undercard full of acts ranging from Nicolas Jaar to Tyler, the Creator, Justice, Nick Murphy, and MGMT. Needless to say, it is more than enough to justify buying a ticket.
One thing is certain, Panorama is Goldenvoice taking a stab at the more experimental side of festival production. The bill is reminiscent of 2000s Coachella, a time when acts like Nine Inch Nails actually headlined the festival. While Coachella may be catering to a wider audience in 2017, it appears that Panorama is filling the void for a truly diverse bill.