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The best acts to see at Panorama Music Festival 2017

Frank Ocean, Solange, Tame Impala, Angel Olsen and Future Islands all make our list of must-see Panorama Festival acts

Frank Ocean at ATP
Photograph: Loren Wohl Frank Ocean
By Tolly Wright |
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At the height of summer music festival season, Panorama Festival brings one a lineup of heavy hitters and up-and-coming acts. Taking place a month after Governors Ball in the same location, the three-day Randalls Island festival attracts some of the biggest names in hip-hop, indie-rock, pop and beyond. As one of the best events in July, the sprawling multi-stage affair can be a bit overwhelming to navigate, which is why you’ve got to go in with a plan. Here are our picks. Get tickets here

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Best acts at Panorama Music Festival

1
Frank Ocean
Photograph: Julian Berman

Frank Ocean

When rumors started emerging that Frank Ocean would headline Panorama Fest, the excitement among music lovers went into full gear. After taking a three-year hiatus from performing live, the pop artist is back with music off his critically-acclaimed 2016 albums, Endless and Blonde.

2
solange
Photograph: Courtesy Carlota Guerrero

Solange

With a clear, cohesive artistic vision executed to near perfection, Solange Knowles’s 2016 album, A Seat at The Table, only further cemented the singer-songwriter’s reputation as a leading voice in R&B. Though the music might ring gentle, smooth and beautifully sweet sonically, the lyrics are decidedly revolutionary, as Solange captures the spirit of modern black womanhood.

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Future Islands
Photograph: Courtesy Tom Hines

Future Islands

Three years after the Baltimore band’s career-making performance on Letterman, Future Islands is still captivating fans with frontman Samuel T. Herring’s mesmerizing, all-in stage presence. Their new album, The Far Field, echos the ’80s new wave sound of New Order and the Cure to great effect.

4
Ali Shaheed Muhammad

A Tribe Called Quest

November’s We Got it From Here...Thank You for You Service was the first album from the pioneering hip-hop group since 1998—and, boy, was it worth the wait. While the show might not feel the same without Phife Dawg, who died in 2016, the remaining rap heroes Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed, with friends, continue on while respecting Phife’s legacy.

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5
Tame Impala
Photograph: Maciek Pozoga

Tame Impala

Psychedelic with trickles of funk and R&B floating in and out, Tame Impala’s 2015 album Current is like a dreamy cacophony of pop music. The Australian group’s live shows are known for coming complete with a colorful, entrancing light show, sure to dazzle on the Panorama’s big, outdoor stage.

6
Angel Olsen
Photograph: Zia Anger

Angel Olsen

The heart-breaking beauty of Angel Olsen’s voice as she sings the confident, folk-rock songs off her fantastic 2016 album My Woman is made all the more awe-worthy live. Get lost in the painstakingly written lyrics as the songs flicker between minimalist and full of sweeping grandeur.

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7
They.
Photograph: Courtesy Alexander Black

They.

R&B duo They. (Drew Love and Dante Jones) produce seductive sex-drenched pop music worthy of your attention. Highlights of its 2017 album Nü Religion: HYENA include "U-Rite", "Motley Crew" and an update of the Dawson’s Creek theme song "Dante´s Creek".

8
Nick Murphy

Nick Murphy

Previously known by the stage name Chet Faker, Australia’s Nick Murphy is now touring a releasing music under his true name. As Faker, Murphy rose to fame with his 2014 cover of “No Diggity,” and his R&B and soul-influenced electronica is the sort of music that’s good for a breezy outdoor sway.

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9
Cherry Glazerr

Cherry Glazerr

Four years ago, singer and guitarist Clementine Creevy was only 15 years old, recording solo in her room, when her music was discovered by a record label. She became the front person for Cherry Glazerr. But don’t let the young age fool you—the group’s sophomore effort, 2017’s Apocalypstick, is a rolicking rock album, and it seems Creevy and her band are destined to keep growing.

10
Spoon
Photographer: Tom Hines

Spoon

Though Spoon has been a favorite of the indie-rock scene for what seems like forever, the Texas band continues to innovate and take their music to new places. Its new one, Hot Thoughts, is a tight, propulsive dance-rock opus, and one of the band’s best yet.

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11
Jamila Woods
Photograph: Courtesy the artist

Jamila Woods

Chance the Rapper’s “Sunday Candy” served as an introduction to this singer-poet, but she’s no longer relegated to a supporting role. See her set for proof those songwriting chops are every bit as heavenly as her unmistakable voice.

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