Headlining the first day Friday of Panorama, a year-old festival on New York City's Randall's Island, Frank Ocean shunned the stage —which became a giant audiovisual project — as he performed in the round from an island in the crowd. Image from Twitter.
Ocean emerged to the boisterous beats of his track 'Pretty Sweet' before immediately dialing down the exuberance with 'Solo' his bare, organ-backed confessional on embracing solitude. Image from Twitter.
Clicking a button on a mountain of equipment, Ocean appeared on the stage-screen in grainy footage akin to an old home video. But soon it became a slick, real-time concert movie with shots of Ocean and cheering fans fading into each other and occasional bursts of color including Ocean's signature orange. Image from Twitter.
In a hint that the show may eventually wind up in a new form, director Spike Jonze filmed Ocean up-close through the entire set with a steadicam. Image from Twitter.
Panorama was inaugurated in New York last year by the promoters behind Coachella, the premier festival that takes place each year in the California desert, as the market for live music thrives across the United States. Image from Twitter.