Panorama Music Festival is coming up this weekend meaning you will need to figure out who are the artists to see on the bill as you size up conflicts, new artists and favorites. We are here to help simplify that process with some recommendations for non-headliners this upcoming weekend you should have on your radar and likely check out. They aren’t all during the day, but among those we recommend include Yaeji, Greta Van Fleet, Mount Kimbie and Jay Som.
Panorama will take place this weekend, Friday July 27-29. One-day, two-day and three-day tickets are still on sale on their website.
1. Soulection: Friday @ The Pavilion 3 - 3:50
The Soulection crew is a large and diverse group of individuals who produce and DJ hip-hop, R&B, afro beats, house and a whole lot more. They will be taking over The Pavilion at Panorama, though presumably not all of them, and bring their diverse sounds to the stage on Friday afternoon. If you can get there that early, stop in, sit down, stand up, dance and enjoy the soulful sounds of Soulection.
2. Daniel Caesar: Friday @ Main Stage 3:50 - 4:35
While the lineup may be a bit top heavy with hip-hop and R&B, led by Janet Jackson, The Weeknd as two of the three main headliners and Migos, Jhené Aiko, SZA, Gucci Mane and Lil Wayne as sub-headliners, further down the bill you won’t find as many up and coming R&B singers. Daniel Caesar, real name Ashton Simmonds, brings his soulful voice and swagger to the main stage at 3:50, so you should be getting there early to get in your feelings.
3. Yaeji: Friday @ The Point 10:00
Yaeji has burst onto the scene in the past year with EPs, mixes and live sets that people have wanted to see all over the world. Now she has herself a headlining slot at Panorama at 10pm opposite The Weeknd at The Point. Her music shifts between house, R&B and hip-hop as she sings over her own quirky beats. Her cover of Drake’s “Passionfruit” may be the best on the market. If The Weeknd gets too lost in some boring deep cuts, then you will need to bust a move over with Yaeji.
4. Jay Som: Saturday @ The Pavilion 2:45 - 3:30
Melina Duterte, better known by her stage name Jay Som, is a super talented singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer. With a steady dose of music over the past two years, her blend of soft, summery indie rock has become a must-have for many festivals across the country. She can also mix things up with fun and playful garage rock that will get your blood going in the early afternoon on Saturday. She is also playing a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Lo Moon on the 28th, which should be damn good if you aren’t going to the festival.
5. Pvris: Saturday @ Main Stage 4:35 - 5:20
There are many pop and rock artists on the bill, but none like Pvris. They bridge the gap between rock and pop with synth-pop, hard alt-rock and some indie rock. It is bombastic and energetic with Lynn Gunn’s powerhouse vocals leading the way. There are a few ballads in the discography, but in a short festival set, expect them to come out firing with their big tunes.
6. Floating Points: Saturday @ The Point 6:25 - 8:25
Floating Points is one of the few artists on the bill who gets a two-hour set so you will be able to pop in and out of there with plenty of time to spare. He is up against Lil Wayne, who will be performing amidst speculation of Tha Carter V finally coming out at some point, St. Vincent and SZA, so the competition is fierce, but there is some pretty stark contrasts if you want to hear something a bit more soothing, melodic and hypnotic. Floating Points will be an important part of your schedule on Saturday as the sun starts to set over the Manhattan skyline.
7. Rex Orange County: Saturday @ The Pavilion 3:55 - 4:45
Rex Orange County is one the more unique artists on the lineup. He recently managed to team up with Randy Newman on a new cover of “You’ve Got A Friend In Me,” while also being a main feature on Tyler, The Creator’s Flower Boy. His music has a combination soul, funk, jazz and flare that you won’t find among the other artists. He is a new artists on the come up, so see him here before he gets more expensive and harder to see.
8. Greta Van Fleet: Sunday @ Main Stage 4:35 - 5:25
Talk about glowing up, Greta Van Fleet are about to have their moment. The 21st century version of Led Zeppelin (some think too much so, but more Led Zeppelin can be a good thing), Greta Van Fleet will be ready to rock on Sunday afternoon. They released their breakout EP in 2017 and have a new album almost finished and ready to go at some point this year. The band just put out a new record “When The Curtain Falls,” which you will almost certainly hear. These guys have the making of potentially becoming headliners themselves, so see them now before it they are doing arenas.
9. Mount Kimbie: Sunday @ The Pavilion 5:10 - 6:00
Right after Greta Van Fleet, head over to The Pavilion for something quite different in Mount Kimbie. The UK dance duo brings a myriad of influences into the music like dubstep, house, garage and more. There are plenty of DJs at The Point, but Mount Kimbie will be one of the few live electronic acts, singing, playing keys and more as they riff on their songs and bring their 2017 studio album Love What Survives to life. It might be a tall ask to expect some of their features like James Blake and King Krule to show up, but you never know -- this is New York City.