Headliners Arcade Fire turn their set into a long-form Bowie tribute, Kendrick Lamar throws a politically-charged party and Sia reinvents the rock gig at New Yorks newest festival
The eclectic curation of the inaugural Panorama Music Festival is on full display on Friday as concertgoers do their best to beat the heat on one of the hottest days of the summer.
An early highlight is offered by Toronto indie-rock heroes Broken Social Scene. Effectively on the shelf for six years since touring on 2010s excellent Forgiveness Rock Record Kevin Shieldss sprawling collective show no sign of atrophy during a 10-song set that draws from the bands entire catalog. The very pregnant Amy Milan of fellow Canadian band Stars lends vocals on 7/4 (Shoreline), Texico Bitches and crowd favorite Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl where she is joined by Ariel Engle to bring the gig to a rousing climax.
Rousing sets by festival-circuit regulars FKA twigs and Alabama Shakes keep things rolling, while Schoolboy Q draws an overflow crowd to the sidestage for a set that relies heavily on his just-released Blank Face LP, while saving a place for old favorites Man of the Year and Collard Greens.