The Panorama Festival celebrated its inaugural year as it brought three days of music to New York City’s Randall’s Island. The event is put on by the same people who put on the massive Coachella Festival in California. For its first year, Panorama impressed with some heavy hitting acts in pop, indie and hip-hop.

With the hot sun beating down on the first day, concert-goers enjoyed the music, art and technology festival that had an abundance of activities. On the Panorama Stage, acts like Algiers and De Lux kicked things off. Silversun Pickups graced the stage with a lively performance. Things only heated up with Major Lazer later in the day. Randall’s Island echoed with the melodic soul of the very talented Alabama ShakesArcade Fire, who headlined the first day, ripped through their set with an energetic force and some political anti-Donald Trump banter. A highlight was when the Preservation Jazz Band, who performed earlier in the day, graced the stage with Arcade Fire for “Closer.”

Over on the Pavilion Stage, rapper Schoolboy Q headlined and songstress FKA Twigs took the stage beforehand for a mesmerizing set. One of the best acts of the weekend had to be dubstep violinist Lindsey Stirling, who changes not only the way you think about certain genres of music and instruments used to make it but she raises the bar on the whole experience of a live performance. Stirling performed with serious gusto and the stage was simply too small for her incredible presence.

Besides music there was a lot of great food and drink spots, areas to cool down and relax as well as art installations and the very popular, trippy dome called the Lab which had significant lines throughout the weekend but was definitely worth the wait.

On the second day of the festival, it was even hotter than the first, with the temperature reaching well into the high 90s. Headliner Kendrick Lamar performed with nonstop vigor and even though he was the master of this enormous stage, he was still incredibly engaging with die-hard fans in the front rows. Before Lamar was Brooklyn’s own the National, and fellow New York-based dancing pop act Blood Orange dished out some moves onstage. Foals delivered a sweat-filled performance and indie duo Oh Wonder took the stage early on for their first festival performance in New York.

The Pavilion housed notable acts Melanie Martinez, Anderson Paak and the Free Nationals, Flosstradamus and Sufjan Stevens.  Over in the DJ tent also known as the Parlor, Kaytranada headlined the very packed tent for an intimate show.

The sun never wavered as the heat wave continued and on the final day of Panorama, LCD Soundsystem and a theatrical performance by Sia were the headlining acts on the main stage. Hip-hop act Run the Jewels brought a lot of fun, and ASAP Rocky gave the Pavilion Stage for a robust performance that he can only bring. Rock and roll songstress Grace Potter sang, dance, played her heart out on the guitar and tambourine, she’s a triple threat and delivered a hypnotic set. SZA, who performed earlier, graced the stage with soul and smiles.

Check out our gallery above of some of the acts who performed at  Panorama Festival 2016!

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