Whereas the bill for the first two days was largely pop fare, Day 3 featured many alt rock and indie bands. Many in the audience came wearing Greta Van Fleet t-shirts only to see Panorama staff walking around the field holding placards with new set times that clearly omitted the hard rock band's performance; drummer Daniel Wagner had injured his fingers and the band cancelled its performance.
The Downtown Boys started the day with a political punk set that saw vocalist Victoria Ruiz lower herself into the audience, climb over a railing, and sing a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" with audience members. The Downtown Boys was among the bands that participated in signings at the Rough Trade tent.
Shannon and the Clams was the second act, and somewhere towards the end of the set, audience members were inspired to form a conga line. Vocalist Shannon Shaw commended one audience member for dancing the Macarena.
Rex Orange County did an acoustic cover of Alicia Keys' "No One" during his set. Later, he paused for a few minutes during "Corduroy Dreams" to ask for assistance from the festival paramedics for someone in the audience.
David Byrne appeared on a very lean stage that had only a card table and folding chair. He sat, holding an oversized model of a brain, and singing to backing tracks. After the first song, 11 musicians, singers and dancers appeared on stage wearing gray suits similar to Byrne's. Byrne was barefoot, but his team members wore foot-like covers over their shoes. The entire regiment engaged in constant choreography, some of it marching-band style, throughout the set. The songs from Byrne's days in the Talking Heads generated the loudest responses. He chatted only once with the audience, encouraging everyone to vote in all elections. He introduced his set closer, a cover of Janelle Monae's "Hell You Talmbout," by saying, "She wrote this song in 2015, and she performed it at the Women’s March, and sadly, it is still very relevant today." He updated the lyrics to include additional names of African-Americans killed by police or vigilante violence.
"I’m not much of a crier, but I'm close," said the xx’s Oliver Simon during the final stop of the band's world tour. "The first writing sessions we did for this album were in New York, our first show was here in New York, so it’s perfect to finish it here,” he explained. He dedicated one song to the LGBT community, adding, "I am one of you."
Moodymann's dj set was shortened by 30 minutes after the dj booth temporarily lost power.
Odesza performed a set arrayed with so many dazzling light displays that it was often difficult to see the two members. At one point, Odesza remixed Little Eva's "The Loco-Motion" with the addition of a live trumpet player. Vocalist Naomi Wild, who was celebrating her birthday that day, sang on "Higher Ground."
While many artists had high tech stage sets, the Killers had an artistic and rather simple set that included a water tower emblazoned with the words "New York." For the song "For Reasons Unknown," the band asked for a volunteer from the audience to drum, and the youth who was selected did an amazing job.
Nora En Pure, Fleet Foxes, Mount Kimbie, Robert DeLong and Chicano Batman were among the performers who also performed on Day 3.
|Shannon and the Clams|
|Rex Orange County|