Answer The Call
Having relocated across Boston to the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, Boston Calling is back for it’s 8th edition. Along with it is a Comedy lineup hosted by Hannibal Burress, a third stage, a ferris wheel and a supersized lineup of 45 bands/artists including Chance the Rapper, Bon Iver, Mumford & Sons and Tool.
Weather right now has attendees on their toes, with signs of possible rain storms on Friday and Saturday. However, heads up and pushing forward, it’s shaping up to be one of the more successful weekend’s for Boston’s premiere music festival.
Keeping up with the necessities of concertgoers along with their desires, festival organizers promise a loaded menu of food and drink selections from english muffin pizzas, asian street cuisine, El Pelon Taqueria, vegan ice cream from FoMu, oysters on the half shell, waffles, Tasty Burger. Those who dropped more per ticket will be treated to upscale options for VIP and Platinum wristbands including Will Gibson’s Puritan & Company, Brendan Pelley’s Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar and Michael Scelfo from Alden & Harlow.
Kicking things off on Friday afternoon with Boston area favorite Vundabar, the day continues on with indie favorite’s Francis & the Lights, Mac DeMarco, Sylvan Esso and Solange. The day wraps up with Icelandic masterminds Sigur Ros, alt-rock behemoth’s Bon Iver and everyone’s crush of the moment, Chance the Rapper, along with Comedy headliner Pete Holmes.
Saturday dances on with Danny Brown, Brandi Carlile, Tegan & Sara, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The 1975, The xx and Mumford & Sons. A packed day of infectious pop, toe-tapping folk, spine-tingling indie and some serious woman power.
Wrapping things up on Sunday we find a strong start with up-and-comers Mondo Cozmo and The Hotelier. Mid-afternoon brings along indie darlings Mitski, Wolf Parade and Frightened Rabbit. The evening ascends with Run the Jewels, Weezer, Major Lazer and Cage the Elephant taking us to the pedestal of rock gods, Tool. A massive booking achievement, the legendary heavy jam band has fans on the edge of their seats and their ears ringing with the sweet sounds of Adam Jones’ guitar. If my ears aren’t bleeding by 11 pm on Sunday then it’s not a successful weekend.