Coachella, the bellwether of the American festival circuit, has long been unrivaled when it comes to the comprehensive music festival experience. A proverbial melting pot of musical genres, Coachella fields lineups that place the world’s biggest names alongside its budding next wave. Goldenvoice’s crown jewel also deftly marries technology with culture, offering a wide spectrum of amenities—both music-related and otherwise—that will find appeal with nearly all would-be attendees. Now, for the first time ever, Goldenvoice is bringing a Coachella doppleganger to the east coast: a three-day, broad reaching music festival in New York City that’s fittingly named, Panorama.
Beginning this Friday, New York’s Randall’s Island will play host to the new music festival. The lead-up to the inaugural Panorama has not been without some contention. Governor’s Ball, the city’s other three-day summer music festival, petitioned mayor Bill de Blasio to reject the festival—apparently on the grounds that two is not better than one. The petition failed, though, and now here we sit on the verge of the first ever Panorama.
The festival’s headliners are about as big as they come. Arcade Fire, Kendrick Lamar, and the newly reincarnated LCD Soundsystem will each cap one of the weekend’s three music-filled days. En masse, Panorama is admittedly a little more top heavy than its West Coast counterpart. A bevy of major players, like Sia, Alabama Shakes, The National, Major Lazer, and Sufjan Stevens, dominate the lineup, but there’s certainly a smattering of notable smaller acts, too. To help you find the perfect balance of music—from indie mainstays to explosive MCs to burgeoning turntablists—we’ve prepared this Spotify playlist. If you’ll be at Panorama, take a listen and take heed, and if you won’t be there, hopefully this simply turns you on to some sweet new tunes.
Image: LCD Soundsytem