Goldenvoice’s Panorama Festival has been billed as “the East Coast Coachella,” and with a lineup including the likes Frank Ocean, Tame Impala, and Nine Inch Nails, it’s hard to dispute the notion. The three-day event, which returns next weekend, first arrived in New York in 2016, fering a for its inaugural stint on Randall’s Island.
Ahead Panorama’s second edition, we’ve compiled five undercards to catch at the festival. Rather than point out the obvious — as in not missing one Tame Impala’s final performances 2017 or skipping the psychoacoustic circus that is Nicolas Jaar — we’ve opted to highlight five lesser known acts that should be on your radar next weekend.
Panorama Festival takes place July 28-30 on Randall’s Island Park. Tickets are available .
1. Motor City Drum Ensemble
Danilo Plessow is one the more consistently celebrated talents the underground. One the few remaining vinyl-only DJs at his level, Plessow, under his beloved moniker Motor City Drum Ensemble, has become a bastion sorts for the true art DJing. Just as liable to throw down some old school disco as he is some ripping house music, Motor City Drum Ensemble is a surefire thrill behind the decks every time he takes the stage.
Since launching in 2015 with their debut album Nü Religion, enigmatic R&B duo THEY. have caused quite a stir in the industry. Combining elements hip hop, rock, and electronic music, their sound is hard to pin down. If there’s one pervading element: it’s a fierce drive to lift genre preconceptions on their head. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the pair are backed by boutique label powerhouse, Mind a Genius, the same imprint that calls artists like Zhu and Gallant its home.
3. S U R V I V E
Fans Stranger Things will receive a special treat on Saturday with a rare performance from S U R V I V E, the highly celebrated composers behind Netflix’s hit sci fi series. Whether you’re a fan the show or not, S U R V I V E are worth checking out purely to witness the magic the self-described “experimental synth quartet.” Expect eerie ‘80s sound design, creepy melodies, and hypnotizing live synth jams.
4. DJ Shadow
A chance to see DJ Shadow should never be passed up. One the greatest turntablists all time, not to mention one the more forward-thinking producers the day, DJ Shadow has consistently proven a veritable innovator in the field. Still buzzing f the release his fifth studio album, The Mountain Will Fall, which topped Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums chart upon release, DJ Shadow is a must for fans trip hop, bass music, or turntablism in general.
5. Derrick Carter
The true soul house music will be well-represented at Panorama Festival thanks to veterans like Derrick Carter and Omar-S. The former, a long-standing Chicago legend, and the latter, one Detroit’s more contemporary stars, will hold down the festival’s new dedicated underground state, The Point. Carter in particular, what with his over two-decade career in the industry, will be a much appreciated treat for house-heads and techno enthusiasts alike.