Goldenvoice’s premier New York festival, Panorama, is no stranger to hiccups. It’s inaugural event in 2016 faced location issues, while its second year in 2017 saw a stage collapse on its opening night.
Last weekend (July 27-29), Panorama was dealt more blows for its third year. Shortly after the festival began on Friday (July 27) organizers took to their website and the main stage to announce day one of Panorama was being canceled due to severe weather. Minutes before pop sensation Dua Lipa was to take the main stage at 5pm ET, screens asked festivalgoers to evacuate the site at Randall’s Island Park.
“We are evacuating the island due to severe weather,” the Panorama Fest account tweeted. “Please exit the way you entered. Ferries and shuttles are running and the pedestrian bridge is open. Panorama has been cancelled for today and we will see you tomorrow.”
In addition to Dua Lipa, Friday performances included Migos, Father John Misty, The Weeknd, War on Drugs and more were canceled.
everybody in New York stay safe! Panorama show canceled due to weather! XO
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) July 27, 2018
According to those on site, groaning attendees filed out calmly as thunder could be heard over them. In addition, ticketholders on their way to the event via ferry had their boats turned around due to the cancellation.
R&B singer Sabrina Claudio was in the middle of premiering a new song when she was informed of the cancellation.
“What is going on, Panorama?!” the visibly distraught Claudio said onstage. “What a hot mess this was,” she added.
Shortly after the evacuation on Friday, Panorama sought to begin remedying the unfortunate situation with offers for refunds on their site. Refund amounts are based on the ticket purchased and organizers immediately explained that refunds would begin on Monday (July 30) and could take up to 2-4 weeks to be processed.
We regret having to cancel the remainder of today’s performances, but our first priority is always the safety of our fans, artists and staff. Panorama will resume tomorrow and refund information can be found here: https://t.co/lD8lsW9iTI pic.twitter.com/3IgB4TR3Iu
— Panorama (@PanoramaNYC) July 28, 2018
Panorama festival resumed on Saturday with performances from Lo Moon, Jay Som, PVRIS, Sigrid, and St. Vincent. Later in the day and roughly a half-hour after his set time, audiences were informed that Lil Wayne would not be performing.
“Due to weather conditions, Lil Wayne’s flight has been delayed and he is unable to perform tonight,” screens flashed at the disappointed crowd gathered at the main stage.
New York! Panorama! Due to mother nature I was delayed & wont make it. Kant wait to kome bak and rokk with my NY fans asap
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) July 28, 2018
Power issues also plagued Panorama’s Saturday night as music cut out on several occasions during official DJ for Gucci Mane, DJ Champ’s opening set.
“We can’t be having that with Guwop, now!” DJ Champ chastised the sound engineers. Sound issues continued through Trap God’s set later in the evening.
Despite complications throughout the day, Saturday night headliner Janet Jackson received glowing reviews for her politically charged and heartfelt performance. Jackson’s set began with audio clips discussing white supremacists and domestic terrorists as the name of unarmed black men shot by police appeared on the screens. The opening song was the 30-year-old b-side “The Skin Game (Part 1),” a track about racism that is sadly still relevant today.
Jackson spent her hour-and-a-half-long set turning out hits like “Control,” “Rhythm Nation,” and recent track “No Sleeep,” featuring J. Cole. In addition to her own material that has spanned decades, Jackson managed to slip in snippets from other stars with bits of Missy Elliott’s “Lose Control” and Nicki Minaj’s “Chun-Li” worked into her own songs.
The 52 year-old performer also took a moment to remember her late father, Joe Jackson, who passed away at 89 at the end of June. Jackson displayed childhood photos of her with her father during “Together Again” and dedicated the song to him.
“I miss you — both of you,” Jackson said from the stage, referring to her father, Joe, and brother, Michael, who also was shown on the screens during the performance.
On Sunday, the three-day festival was thrown one final surprise when hyped rockers Greta Van Fleet were forced to cancel their set due to an injury. The band took to Twitter to explain that drummer, Daniel Wagner, had been playing on tour with injured fingers for two weeks.
“It has now reached the point where he cannot pick up a drumstick because of it. Therefore, there is no possible way for us to play tonight,” the band tweeted on Sunday morning.
— Greta Van Fleet (@GretaVanFleet) July 29, 2018
The rest of the final day’s rock-heavy lineup up delivered throughout the day, kicking off with a smashing set from punks Downtown Boys and conga lines in Shannon and the Clams’ audience. David Bryne and his suited backing band delivered a non-stop set of Talking Heads classics and more recent work from his solo career. Fleet Foxes, the XX, and Odesza help close out the last day. Sunday night’s headliner, The Killers, played straight through to the festival’s curfew, shutting the site down with a swaggering performance of “Mr. Brightside.”