The Panorama Music Festival is coming up this weekend. Everybody knows about the big ticket names in the line-up like the elusive Frank Ocean, Alt-J, Tame Impala, and Solange who will surely have the crowd falling head over heels in love... But what about the non-headlining names on the line-up? Part of any good, authentic festival experience is agonizing pain in your feet, avoiding the porta potties for an ungodly amount of time, and most importantly, exposing yourself to new musical acts. Here is a day by guide to some awesome acts this year at the Panorama Music Festival.
Day 1 - FRIDAY
Synth-pop band Future Islands are no rookies when it comes to the music festivals. Their debut album Wave Like Home
came out in 2008 and since then they've been touring nonstop, so you can expect a good show. Their patent new-wave/post punk sound heard on their newly released fifth studio album The Far Field
is also guaranteed to make a very enjoyable set.
You might want to also check out the R&B duo THEY. Straight from Los Angeles, California, these guys are part of the new school of singers who combine their smooth vocals and melodramatic tales about failed relationships over a fusion of hip hop and electronic instrumentals. If you like Bryson Tiller, Tory Lanez, or Weeknd, you'll probably like these guys. They collaborated with Skrillex and Zhu on their debut album Nü Religion
which came out this past February,
Another great act to check out on Day 1 of the Panorama Music Festival is Cherry Glazerr. Some say they're indie rock, others say noise pop or grunge. All I know is that they make great music. Although their members have changed over the years, the fun, fast-paced and guitar driven music has stayed consistent. Their third studio album Apocalipstick
came out this past January and fans can't get enough of it.
Day 2 - SATURDAY
Everybody's favorite indie singer/songwriter, Mitski, will indeed be making an appearance on Day 2. If you already aren't a hug fan of Mitski then this is a great place to start. She was born in Japan and grew up listening to her mom's pop CD collection. That coupled with her education at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, studying studio composition, explains how she became such an amazingly talented musician. Essential tracks are "Your Best American Girl" and "Once More To See You."
You might have heard Noname on a song with Chance the Rapper at some point. She's part of the new class of female rappers really making a wave in hip-hop. Noname has roots in the Chicago slam poetry scene and it shows in her lyrics. She often raps about her personal experiences growing up in Chicago, relationships that didn't go as planned and thinking introspectively. She might be backed by a jazz band seeing as her instrumentals are mostly jazz influenced, it's definitely a more chill option, if that's the kind of mood you're in. Her debut mixtape Telefone
came out in 2016.
This North Long Beach rapper has had some buzz around him for while now. His first step on the scene was a feature on an Earl Sweatshirt song called "epaR". Staples' style is absolutely a product of the environment he grew up in -- it's obvious from the slang to the instrumentals he uses. There aren't many rappers that sound like him today, so naturally he sets himself apart from his peers. Staples' sophomore album Big Fish Theory
came out just this past June, which should be really interesting to experience.
Day 3 - SUNDAY
A Tribe Called Quest
ATCQ might be the oldest group of artists on the line up this year, but don't sleep on them. They have been putting out kick ass music for 20+ years. With six studio albums under their belt they have plenty of material to perform and, if you didn't already know, they're one of the most iconic rap groups of all time known. In 2016, ATCQ came back with their latest album, We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service,
and blew everyone out the water.
Mura Masa is a young electronic producer and songwriter from the small English Channel Island of Guernsey. Inspired by the likes of James Blake and Cashmere Cat, he has paved his own way and created an audience for himself. He has writing credits on "First Things First" by Stormzy and has collaborated with Charlie XCX, Damon Albarn, Christine and The Queens, and more. His debut self-titled album came out earlier this month and has the critics going crazy. If you're trying to dance, catch this set.
Also read our interview with Mura Masa here.
This is another Chicago rapper, whom I mentioned earlier. You might have also heard Towkio on a Chance the Rapper song, seeming as how they are both part of the same music collective, Save Money. Although the group has some huge artists in it, Chance and Vic Mensa for example, Towkio is definitely the next artist to break out from the group. In 2016 he came out with his EP Community Service 2
and it seemed like he finally found his voice. This performance is bound to be a fun one with a lot of high energy and opportunity to dance!