2016 Panorama NYC - Day 1
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Day One At Panorama NYC Hosts Madlib, FKA Twigs, ScHoolboy Q And DJ Khaled

This is Panorama's inaugural festival and, by the looks of the schedule, they are coming out the gate with some serious heat.

The Panorama Music Festival, reportedly named after the Panorama of the City of New York located in the Queens Museum, brings together music, art and technology for a 3-day takeover of Randall's Island Park July 22-24, 2016. This is Panorama's inaugural festival and, by the looks of the schedule, they are coming out the gate with some serious heat.

Read VIBE's recap of a few performers that left attendees with a memorable experience.

Madlib

When Madlib hit the turn tables the floor vibrated and the beat reverberated up my legs and throughout my body. Throwback after throwback, this OG DJ had The Parlor, a clublike stage area, rocking from start to finish. Otis Jackson Jr., known by his stage name "Madlib," would continually stop and start a track to get the audience hyped and danced behind the DJ booth, feeling his own flow.

FKA Twigs

About last night. @fkatwigs x #PanoramaNYC

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This phenom from across the pond does not just perform; she delivers experiences. Throughout her performance, FKA Twigs and her dancers told a story through interpretive dance. The performance was centered around the desire for a large amber-colored crystal and the power it possessed. Her dancers seemed as if they were from another world as they contorted their bodies and facial expressions. Twigs served her own otherworldy beauty with gray locs, a bodice covered in clear crystals, a belly-dancer skirt covered in coins, gilded make-up and a striking nose piece. Her melodic falsetto rang out across the audience as all those who watched were cast under her spell.

ScHoolboy Q

"King sh*t, smoke this, get down with the sh**, aye..." @groovyq at #PanoramaNYC

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ScHoolboy Q came out to his 2014 hit "Gangsta" and the crowd went crazy. Rocking a swaggy white wide-brimmed hat, Q seemed a bit lit, nearly tripping over a chord at the beginning of his set. But nothing could stop his flow as the rapper ran through throwbacks such as "Collard Greens" and "Studio" and tracks from his latest project Blank Face LP. By the end of his set, Q's shirt was completely soaked through with sweat, a testament to his passion for his music and the merciless 95 degree heat.

DJ Khaled

Crowds poured into The Parlor in droves for Snapchat superstar and We The Best Music Group exec DJ Khaled. There was barely room to move and a line extended outside the door. After 10 minutes of waiting for Khaled to take the stage, the crowd started to boo. At the 15 minute mark, a collective of disgruntled fans began chanting "a**hole." After 20 minutes of waiting in the sticky heat that had dominated the day, the crowd was on the verge of another round of booing when all of a sudden the music cranked, Khaled ran out onto the stage and the crowd erupted in screams of joy. Khaled blamed his tardiness on security outside of the festival, and said he would thank the audience for their patience with some "surprises." The surprises were absolutely worth the wait. Khaled brought out T.I., Fat Joe and Remy Ma for the culture.

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