Boston Calling To Return in September

Boston CallingNearly 20,000 music fans flocked to downtown Boston this weekend, crowding City Hall Plaza for the city’s first (mini) music festival: Boston Calling. The Saturday/Sunday festival featured fun. and The National as the headliners, but the line-up also included Dirty Projectors, Of Monsters and Men, Young the Giant, Andrew Bird, and more, with the sets split between two stages and without any overlap (a welcome situation for festival-goers, as the bigger music fests, such as Coachella or Lollapalooza, are notorious for overlapping set times). Between the Celtics/Bruins/Red Sox garb sprinkled amongst the crowd and the unseasonal chill that hung in the air, there was a distinctly Boston vibe to the festival because, after all, can an outdoor even truly have the essence of Boston without some inclement weather? No. Of course, both native Bostonians and fans who travelled for the show braved Saturday’s cold rain and Sunday’s cool temperatures and were able to enjoy everything that Boston Calling had to offer: eighteen bands, beer gardens, food trucks, and more. As Sunday neared its end, it was clear that the festival had been a success.

So clear, in fact, that the organizers of the event didn’t hesitate to reveal some big news to right before The National went on as the final set of the festival (which, by the way, was beyond incredible). A video flashed across all of the enormous monitors, announcing that a second Boston Calling has already been scheduled for this September 7th and 8th, once again set at City Hall Plaza. Fest-goers’ eyes were glued to the screen as the announcement played, names of the next line-up appearing. Like this past weekend’s Boston Calling, the September event will also have eighteen bands, although this line-up has a different vibe—it seems more college kid friendly, more poppy and high energy. Passion Pit and Vampire Weekend have been announced as the headliners for the second Boston Calling, and they will be joined by Kendrick Lamar, Solange, The Gaslight Anthem, Major Lazer, The Airborne Toxic Event, Flosstradamus, and more. Earlybird tickets will be on sale starting at 10 AM on Friday, May 31st, which barely gives attendants of this weekend’s show a chance to breathe. More information on the events of past weekend and the upcoming event for September can be found at bostoncalling.com.

By Libby Webster

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