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Day One of Panorama 2018 – Rational Expression


The first and, to this day, only music festival I’ve attended is Panorama 2018, a 3-day festival that took place on Randall’s Island put on by Goldenvoice. I received last-minute tickets and my girlfriend and I went to the first day with scheduled sets by Father John Misty, Migos, Dua Lipa, and the night’s headliner: The Weeknd. Thunderstorms were in the forecast but that did not deter us from making the trek from 125th Street, over the RFK Bridge onto the island.

We arrived in the one o’ clock hour and the conditions at that point were ideal: low/mid 80s, sunny, a normal late July day by all measures. We walked around the grounds, stopped in the Rough Trade pop-up, got some food. It was during the last part of the itinerary that things got a little dicey.

Midway through eating some overpriced mozzarella sticks, the clouds that were forming over the island unleashed a barrage of rain upon the festival-goers. We threw on the ponchos I bought at Walmart the day before and sought shelter under the JBL-branded experience tent. After the rain stopped, the air was extremely thick and the sun was hotter than before.

This all occurred before the day’s first set on the headlining stage: Daniel Caesar. I heard a lot about him up to that point, specifically from my cousin, but never gave him an in-depth listen. Watching from afar, his performance was very captivating and I instantly became a fan. It was after his set and mere minutes before Dua Lipa was scheduled to take the stage that the screens lit up with a message to evacuate as soon as possible due to impending severe weather (third slide) and an announcement with the same message was made over the PA.

(Photo source: Billboard)

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