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Five Special Treats to Expect at Panorama Festival

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Next weekend from July 22 to 24, the inaugural Panorama Festival will be taking over Randall’s Island Park in NYC for a legendary celebration of music, art and culture. There’s no better place for a festival to be located, as the nonstop energy and cultural melting pot of New York City perfectly accentuates the ethos of festival culture. Check out just a few draws to Panorama Festival. This isn’t a weekend you want to miss out on, so be sure to grab your passes while they’re still available!

LCD Soundsystem

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Back in March, LCD Soundsystem played their first reunion shows within the intimate confines of New York City’s Webster Hall. While these were technically the first shows James Murphy and company played here let’s face it – you probably didn’t get a ticket. Panorama festival will be the group’s proper return to their native city. This summer LCD Soundsystem is a mainstay on the festival circuit, but this NYC show at Panorama Festival will be a celebration unlike any of their other festival headlining engagements; a hometown throwdown if you will.

Arcade Fire’s Return to The Stage

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Arcade Fire has begun to play live shows for the first time since the conclusion of their 2014 Reflektor tour. This time around the band is not as focused at playing through the new album but are instead filling the setlists with material spanning their entire catalog. Friday night at Panorama is sure to be an unforgettable experience as Arcade Fire plays crowd favorites like “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” and “Wake Up.”

Kendrick Lamar’s Headlining Set

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Amidst all the tragic events that 2016 has witnessed so far, I can’t help but feel like Kendrick Lamar’s headlining set on Saturday night will be poignant. Kendrick’s masterpiece “To Pimp A Butterfly” album was filled with commentary about the hate crimes and racial tensions this country has experienced the past several years. Those songs and his performance are sure to feel powerful and relevant now more than ever.

The National Play Dead

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A couple of weeks ago Brooklyn based band The National dropped an impressively extensive Grateful Dead tribute album titled “Day of the Dead.” The long in the works tribute featured a who’s who of the indie rock genre, with The National placing their own takes on Grateful Dead classics. I wouldn’t be surprised if we are treated to The National’s renditions of “Peggy-O” or “Morning Dew” at Panorama. This summer, The National will only play a select number of shows, so Panorama will be most New Yorkers only chance to see them.

The Lab

 

Panorama Festival will have more than just music to offer festival-goers. A futuristic looking art exhibit called “The Lab” will feature interactive installations that will merge art, technology and design. This Lab will be created by New York based artists and will only be presented at Panorama Festival, making this a must for anyone looking to get a full sensory experience.

About Jason Kalmanowitz

Music writer, video editor and true believer in the power of live music. You can reach me at jkalman25@gmail.com for all inquires

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