Panorama, the new music, tech and arts festival from Coachella organizers Goldenvoice, touches down on Randalls Island on Friday, ready to introduce fans to all sorts of innovations.
The Lab, the technology component of the festival, will include The Dome, a 70-foot domed theater for immersive, 360-degree art experiences, as well as Cotton Candy Theremin, which makes music as well as candy. There will also be art exhibits where visitors make music while bouncing around in an inflatable playground and one where they get to feel what it’s like being a pinball in a giant pinball machine.
Of course, the biggest draw for Panorama will be the music, with headliners Kendrick Lamar, a reunited LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire. However, there are plenty of music discoveries to be made on the festival’s three stages. Here are a few not to miss: MIKE D (Friday, The Parlor, 6 p.m.)
BIO The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer hasn’t made many high-profile appearances since the death of his fellow Beastie Boy Adam Yauch in 2012, which makes his DJ set here all the more special.
WORKING ON Launching his new show “The Echo Chamber” on Apple Music’s Beats 1 and working on the Beastie Boys memoir.
MELANIE MARTINEZ (Saturday, The Pavilion, 1:45 p.m.)
BIO The Baldwin native’s debut “Cry Baby” has just been certified gold and her new single and video “Alphabet Boy” is pushing her album up the charts again, even after it already topped the alternative albums chart.
WORKING ON Martinez is winding up her “Cry Baby” tour with some big gigs like Lollapalooza in Chicago and Bumbershoot in Seattle before heading off for a European tour. That makes her Panorama set the last time area fans can see her in concert for quite some time.
NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS (Sunday, The Pavilion, 3 p.m.)
BIO The revved-up, rocking old-school soul outfit made a mark last year with their breakthrough, hand-clapping hoot “S.O.B.,” as well as high-energy live appearances across the country.
WORKING ON A new EP due out later this year, along with even more touring. In the meantime, the video for “Wasting Time” shows the band’s jammier side.