On July 28-30, the festival from the team behind Coachella is back on Randalls Island with a lineup of big-name headliners—Frank Ocean! Nine Inch Nails! Solange!—and dozens of exciting new acts. Here are seven reasons to get there early:
This EDM veteran, best known for her “Night Moves” parties, has been bringing her earthy techno-soul to London dancefloors for nearly two decades. Fitz will be headlining Panorama’s The Point, an open-air club with continuous DJ sets celebrating the evolution of dance music.
The Point, July 28, 1:15 p.m.
Emerging out Chicago’s vibrant hip hop scene, Woods, a neo-soul singer and poet is a force. Her appearance on fellow Chicagoan Chance the Rapper’s hit “Sunday Candy,” gave us an introduction to her tender and melodic voice. Yet, with the recent release of her debut album, HEAVN, Woods is stepping out of the shadow of her collaborators, and cultivating her own sound which is powerful and breathtaking.
The Parlor, July 28, 2:10 p.m.
After spending two years out of the spotlight to overcome an addiction and focus on fatherhood, the Tennessee rapper returned last fall with The Sun’s Tirade. A letter to his son laced with self-discovery and -reflection, it’s a fitting showcase for the Chattanooga MC’s unique flow.
The Parlor, July 28, 4:35 p.m.
Clementine Creevy was only fifteen when her DIY bedroom recordings were discovered by the L.A.-based Burger Records. Five years later, she’s fronting Cherry Glazerr, an indie act making waves with an energetic garage rock sound.
The Parlor, July 28, 5:50 p.m.
Having broken through as a producer, this Maryland native made a splash earlier this year with his debut, Portrait in Two, an r&b tour de force that proved the onetime knob-twiddler was a dynamo in his own right.
The Parlor, July 29, 2:05 p.m.
The Brooklyn-based singer, Miski’s indie rock is heavy-hitting and emotional, yet intimate. In her songs, she screams, she growls, she shreds, she honest and candid. She speaks of struggles with anxiety and the uncertainty of adulthood. She recounts hard times with depression and challenging the norms as a Japanese American woman. Mitski songwriting is refreshing and ground-breaking.
Pavilion, July 29, 4:20 p.m.
Rev. Vince Anderson and His Love Choir
Anderson moved to New York in the Nineties after dropping out of theology school, becoming a regular on the Brooklyn scene with genre-jumping tunes accompanied by occasional impromptu preaching. He calls his music “dirty gospel” — it’s lively, sweaty, fun, and may send you to hell.
The Pavilion, July 30, 2 p.m.