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Frank Ocean, Solange, and More: The 2017 Panorama Music Festival in Photos

See all the patrons, portraits, and performances that made Panorama 2017 unforgettable, in this visual essay.

Frank Ocean, Solange, and More: The 2017 Panorama Music Festival in Photos
Frank Ocean was the headliner for night one of the music festival. [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]

This past weekend Fast Company went all in on the Panorama Music Festival in New York City.

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The three-day event on Randall’s Island was entirely filled with music, sensory experiential art installations, trendy food and exclusive merchandise from dozens of amazing performers. Goldenvoice, The organizers of the festival, worked tirelessly to make sure the sophomore edition of Panorama improved upon its predecessor. One of the major criticisms and concerns from concert-goers heard throughout the inaugural festival was that, just like anything else in New York City, the space was too small. The two main stages didn’t seem to be quite as far away from each other as possible, resulting in some sonic overlap. This time, Panorama underwent some careful reorganizing, and even added a fourth stage called “The Point” for up-and-coming artists.


Related: 2016’s Just Like Being There: See New York’s Panorama Music Festival Through Our Eyes


One major mishap on day two: the Floor of the tented-venue dubbed “The Parlor” collapsed during Isaiah Rashad’s performance. The in-demand rapper and Kendrick label mate was tending to the packed crowd and his set was cut short, all of the following scheduled acts were shifted up in times and dates.(The organizers are probably at this moment working on solutions to make sure it doesn’t happen again at Panorama 2018.) Overall the event was a major success and operated smoothly aside from that hiccup, and set a high bar for future festivals.

#frankocean on day one of @panoramanyc #panoramanyc [Photo: @dissatk]

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Below is a photo essay designed to capture the entirety of the festival, and head to Fast Company’s Instagram to see even more photos and outtakes from Panorama.

Slideshow: The People at Panorama

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The Portraits at Panorama

These five musical artists took time out of their Panorama schedules to sit down with Fast Company to provide some quick tips and insights for how they built their personal brands.

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Bishop Briggs [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
Fast Company: How do you handle new ideas?

Bishop Briggs: When someone brings a new idea, I love it so much. I eat it up, I’m hungry for it. I think collaboration and having fresh ideas and sometimes old ideas they make a difference to the room. They can change the direction of a song, and that is something that I am not afraid of, I’m more so excited about.

Vance Joy [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
FC: How do you solve creative differences?

Vance Joy: When working with a group of people, and there is a difference of opinion that occurs… The best way, for me at least, to handle it is to let that persons idea be fully executed. See their idea out to its end. Then see what you are left working with. Wait for them to get it out then assess it, so you don’t step on anyones toes and reduces the negative energy.

Shallou [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
FC: What inspires you to make music?

Shallou: Natural Beauty inspires me a lot. Nature. I try to create soundscapes to fit outdoors. It’s Atmospheric type of stuff. I evolved from basic bedroom electronic music to incorporating actual instruments to make it as musical as possible. In our latest Spotify sessions, we just added a piano, guitars and full string quartet trying to bring the real instruments back.

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Vince Staples [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
FC: Any tips for anyone trying to get noticed?

Vince Staples: Personally I never focused on getting noticed nor think I cared about getting noticed. I just do what I do and it happened. If [success] is to come, then it’s to come. If you are significant in what you are doing you will get noticed. Do what your passion leads you to for a lack of a better fucking words.

Mura Masa [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
FC: What is your go-to source for inspiration when you hit a creative roadblock?

Mura Masa: I like things that fuse different mediums, for example, Fashion is art meets the utility of clothing. I also draw inspiration from film but… mainly the soundtracks to films. I was watching this Talking Heads Live DVD called “Stop Making Sense” and it’s shot just like a film. It’s a treat for the eyes and ears.

The Performances at Panorama

Frank Ocean [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
Frank Ocean and Spike Jonze [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
Solange [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
Solange’s band and stage set up was all red. [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
Vance Joy [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
Vince Staples [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
Tyler, The Creator [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
Tame Impala [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
Nine Inch Nails [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
Mura Masa [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
NAO on stage with Mura Masa [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
[Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
MGMT [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
Jamila Woods [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
Justice [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
S U R V I V E [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
6lack [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
Alt-J [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
Snakehips [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
Consequence with A Tribe Called Quest [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
Jarobi White of A Tribe Called Quest [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
Bishop Briggs [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
Bleached [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
Cashmere Cat [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
Cloud Nothings [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]
Future Islands [Photo: Joel Arbaje for Fast Company]

About the author

Joel is one of the Associate Photo Editors at Fast Company. Also curates the "This Week In Music" recommendation write ups.

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