The heat may have topped out at 97˚ but the music-loving crowds would not be denied at day two of Panorama yesterday. Drawn by an absurdly strong lineup that included Kendrick Lamar, The National, Sufjan Stevens, and Anderson Paak, Saturday's attendees crowded the grounds at Randall's Island and took in what was more or less the peak summer experience.
Lines for beer, food, water, and the restrooms somehow remained shockingly short even as the covered Pavilion stage was mobbed with those eager to hear Paak, whose sneering of blend hip-hop/funk reached a new peak on this year's Malibu LP. Part singer, part rapper, and part drummer, Paak's style is all his own, and his afternoon set continuously picked up speed even as the tent became a pressure cooker.
While the day's roster boasted plenty of rock groups including Foals, The Julie Ruin, Daughter, and The National, Saturday belonged to bold individual acts. Blood Orange's sheeny 80s funk, Sufjan Stevens's indie maximalism, Kaytranada's inventive house production (which was sadly stuck in the terrible, limited-capacity Parlor stage), and Kendrick Lamar's airtight hip-hop were unquestionably the day 2 highlights, with the most poignant moment arriving as Lamar stopped to speak to the crowd. The Compton MC lead the masses in a chant of "We gon' be alright!," taking it from a low whisper into a screaming protest. "This one is dedicated to all the victims from the last few weeks," Lamar shouted. Second later, when his band finally kicked in, Panorama's worn-out but happy thousands let loose a wild roar.