Panorama 2018

Festival guide

Another year, another incredible array of acts playing Panorama. Taking place in NYC's Randall's Island Park from July 27 - 29, this pretty much feels an unmissable weekend. Whether you're into new wave king David Byrne, underrated modern R&B goddess Janet Jackson, or the current kings of trap Migos, there's so much to get excited about. Read our guide below to find out more, and browse the full line-up here.

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    David Byrne

    On the basis of David Byrne's American Utopia tour so far, this show is unmissable. Five star reviews abound, the Talking Heads man knows how to put on a show (though obviously for any Stop Making Sense fans out there, this shouldn't be a surprise). Choreographed routines for his suit-clad, barefoot band, watch as he gyrates his way through the hits - both solo and all those Talking Heads tracks you've always wanted to see live. A mesmerising performance that embraces his sheer musicality along with his many, wonderful eccentricities, this is - dare we say - a once in a lifetime kind of show (sorry).

    David Byrne - American Utopia
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    Janet Jackson

    Is Janet Jackson one of the most underrated artists of our time? The answer is a big fat yes: so underrated it hurts. Those sweet vocals, that raw and lithe sexuality, the dance moves for days (she's doing the splits on her Instagram! She is 52!). So obviously it goes without saying that we think you should be watching her this weekend - clips from her tour so far have seen her doing routines to "Bodak Yellow", which is further proof (as if it were needed) that Ms Jackson knows exactly what's up. Her futuristic, distinctively light style makes her one of the most important, most low-key influential names in modern R&B. Go to this.

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    Ah, the three amigos who have stolen the hearts of the zeitgeist and made a trap feature pretty much essential on any pop hit. And rightly so: the Migos, aka Atlanta's Offset, Quavo and Takeoff know the Culture, and they know how to make deliciously choppy beats with obscenely catchy hooks. Once-proclaimed by none other than Donald "Childish Gambino" Glover as this generation's answer to the Beatles, there's a lot to be said for them having as wide an impact right now. If humid, swirling beats and staccato rap are all your thing (why wouldn't they be?), this is going to be one hell of a party.

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