A Re-Up: Panorama 2018 Recap
You already know—Panorama 2018 experienced a unexpected rough start, with an evacuation on Friday evening due to lighting. Lucky for us, the fest brought back its momentum full force for day two and three. We captured the best moments in true Milk fashion.
When the festival opened its doors, the sky was cloudy and the air humid. Panorama’s opening acts dutifully took to the three stages despite intermittent rainfall and distant sounds of thunder. Around 3:30 pm, iPhone devices began to buzz: “FLASH FLOOD WARNING”. To the surprise of all the attendees, everybody on Randall’s Island was instructed to evacuate. Dua Lipa, Father John Misty, Migos, and The Weeknd were among the headliners that didn’t get a chance to perform due to the unforeseen evacuation. A wave of colored rain ponchos moved toward the exit area. An estimated 120,000 guests looked for ways to escape the island. Some chose to bear the wait for the X80 shuttle buses, while others opted for the analog route, walking around the festival grounds and over the pedestrian bridge back into Manhattan. Comments on the festival’s official Instagram account expressed outrage because of the missed performances, and the festival subsequently issued refunds. Understandably, we were bummed.
Day two: guests entered with their expectations high. On this afternoon, the sky was blue, and the sun was bright. Panorama had weather on its side. The interactive spaces—including a balloon party dome, an LED strip forest, and a virtual reality experience—were filled with festival guests. Various music played out in each direction—the different stages were spaced out just enough that their sounds wouldn’t overlap. The day went smoothly until 6:05 pm when Lil Wayne failed to show up. Grunts and sighs surrounded the stage. Not too long into his allotted set time, spectators noticed that he was removed from the official schedule. Nonetheless, what defined the success of the second day was the strong performances by its headliners. SZA appeared to a horizon of cheering fans. Gucci Mane walked onto the Pavilion stage like he was walking down the sidewalk. Most memorable of all was the night’s final act: Janet Jackson’s performance, including outfit changes and an arsenal of dancers.
Sunday’s vibe reflected the day’s dominating music styles—classic and alternative rock. The lineup featured recent favorites such as Rex Orange County and Mount Kimbie, as well as festival staples The XX, Odesza, and Fleet Foxes. The most memorable moments included iconic performances by Talking Heads’ David Byrne and The Killers. After a Friday evening hiccup that took out most of the day’s lineup, Panorama delivered supremely to cap the weekend in sonic bliss. Check the gallery above for a quick glimpse behind the lens of the Milk crew.
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