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New York's Panorama Festival Booked a Surprising Amount of Underground Electronic Acts for 2017

Reliable locals like Tim Sweeney and Huerco S. (!!!) fill out the undercard for the likes of Frank Ocean and Solange.
Justice will play Panorama on July 30. Photo by Emma Le Doyen.

Coachella production company Goldenvoice has announced the 2017 lineup for Panorama, its latest attempt to bring their festival circuit dominance to the East coast. The New York festival launched last year with a smattering of acts typical for big-box festivals like this—A-list indie headliners, EDM superstars, and Sia. But this year they seem to have paid a little more attention to one of the undercurrents of their festival: underground electronic music.


The festival goes down July 28-30, and underneath a wide spread of headliners both new (Frank Ocean and Solange) and old (Nine Inch Nails and A Tribe Called Quest), Goldenvoice found some room to get a little weird in the undercard. Day one finds Detroit techno vet Marcellus Pittman holding down a slot, but things don't really get going until day two, when some of New York's finest experimenters like Huerco S., Anthony Naples, and the good-spirited house and disco duo behind the Mister Saturday Night parties each take up slots. Vancouver producer Jayda G gets some of the smallest print on the flier, but you can count on her easy-going compositions providing a gentle breeze on Saturday. Day three finds Tim Sweeney, the architect of the legendary Beats in Space radio show and label, playing a set. Brooklyn-born Chicagoan DJ Heather will also turn in one of her famously smooth selections on Sunday.

And that's just the under-the-radar stuff. Beats and blips across the whole spectrum are well-represented on the whole lineup. There'll also be appearances by the Stranger Things-scorers in S U R V I V E, the nostalgist pop of Snakehips, Justice's neo-disco bliss, Nicolas Jaar's future-pop politicking, DJ Shadows crepuscular compositions, Cashmere Cat's chart-busting experimentation, and Girl Talk's genre-agnostic party gems. In recent years, Coachella has increasingly moved to capture the young audiences that come along with electronic composition, but its New York sister fest may be doing one better by keeping an ear to the underground. Check out the whole lineup below.