NEW YORK, NY — Closing the three day weekend out with a bang happened to be the best way to describe the final day of Panorama 2016. Last night (July 25), stars like Sia, Run the Jewels, A$AP Rocky, SZA and LCD Soundsystem closed out the inaugural festival with a momentous finish. The words swoon, soar and steal could be the way to describe the sets delivered by the aforementioned stars.
SZA makes it super soul sunday
Stage: The Pavilion
SZA is incredible, to begin with. In music, she has this unique skill of singing notes that tickle heartstrings with velvety vocals that make your eardrums respond with a "Yes!" All that said, when the First Lady of TDE hit The Pavilion stage all of this was demonstrated as she brought the super soul to Sunday. With her burnt orange floating with the summer's breeze, as she sported a Pinky and the Brain t-shirt that read "Surrender Quietly," SZA put the crowd in a trance as she brought new life into records like "Babylon," "Hijack," and "Sobriety." Bringing along treats, she also debuted a sultry new track, reportedly titled "Go Gina." All in all, the girl did her damn thing and the Randall's Island crowd had no problem surrendering.
SZA performs new song "Go Gina"— Maine (@Mvinestream) July 24, 2016
At Panorama music festival NYC. pic.twitter.com/vvFM1lhLPo
Run the Jewels burn down the stage
Stage: Panorama Stage
All it took was two microphones and a turntable for Killer Mike and El-P, better known as the incomparable Run the Jewels, to burn the stage down. It helped that this was the message from jump street. "We came to burn the stage to the fucking ground," said Mike upon hitting the stage. From there, Sunday turned into Friday. "I whip the pistol on that poodle and I shot that bitch," raps EL-P on "Run the Jewels," which as the group's title track sent the crowd into a frenzy. If that wasn't enough, the duo ran into head-nodding bangers like "DDFH," "Lie, Cheat, Steal," and "Close Your Eyes." The latter produced the "world's best mosh pit," according to Killer Mike. That was just one of many highlights during the standout set.
Sia delivers performance art
Picking up where she left off from her "performance of a generation" at Coachella a few months back, Sia graced Panorama with a set like no other. And we don't mean "a set like no other" as just another hyperbole to spice up a concert performance. The experience captivated thousands (which comprised of all ages) and confounded just as many. Performing a 13-song set, the singer performed many of her penned hits including "Alive," Rihanna's "Diamonds," "Cheap Thrills," "Bird Set Free," "Elastic Heart" and "Chandelier." As she opted to remain in the background, with her signature half-white and half-black wig covering her face, the singer belted out her anthemic ballads all while performance dancers brought the songs to live through interpretive choreography. These dances acted out a series of vignettes that played on the Panorama Stage's ginormous video screen. The incredibly shot clips featured well known actors such as Paul Dano, Tig Notaro and Kristen Wiig and sequenced with the live performance on stage. All in all, Sia delivered a performance like no other. That's just that.
A$AP Rocky and the Mob came to "f—k sh*t up"
Stage: The Pavilion
Like a scene out of "Mad Max," the A$AP Mob wrecked absolute damage upon hitting the stage. As if they were in a fight with the stage floor, the group pummeled eardrums, the festival ground and the entire Pavilion space with back-to-back bangers. From "Multiply" to "Hella Hoes," Rocky and his team delivered a quintessential rap festival performance. While A$AP Ferg jumped on stage with "New Level" and "Work," the mosh pits, crowd surfs, and water spraying were all around. There were even "Fuck Donald Trump" chants that arrived at one point. After Rocky took time to note the negative incidents plaguing the country, the crowd reacted with the said chant. To that, Flacko responded, "I ain't here to promote hate. I'm just here to promote peace. I ain't no deacon or a pastor, I just want to say it don't matter if you white, brown, we all purple people." Soon after, the group paid homage to A$AP Yams with Future's shoutout on DS2's "Slave Master" ("Long live A$AP Yams..."). As members like A$AP Twelvy and A$AP Ant rocked out with their respective hits ("L.Y.B.B.," "Set Dat B*tch Off"), Rocky closed things out with "L$D" and "Goldie."
LCD Soundsystem returns!
"It's very nice to play at home, but more importantly, that's Nancy Whang," said James Murphy during LCD Soundsystem's set. The dance-punk vets closed out the Panorama festival as hometown heroes with a no-holds barred set that featured records like "Bye Bye Bayou," anthemic numbers like "Someone Great" and "All My Friends," all as thousands stood in amazement.