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The best of Boston Calling 2018

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Boston’s premiere music festival, Boston Calling, set up shop at Harvard Stadium in Allston, MA this past weekend for its sixth year. Deeming this year the festival’s biggest lineup yet, the weekend promised to be filled with great music, delicious food, and a celebration for all who attended. Between 45 musical acts, multiple podcasts, various comedians, and countless vendors, there was no shortage of entertainment. The Suffolk Voice had the chance to send two of its writers to explore and take in as much as they could. Here is a list of the ten best acts, food, and experiences of Boston Calling 2018.

The Killers

Denise Fortin

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In past years, Friday’s lineup served as a smaller warmup for the rest of the weekend. The show usually begins later in the day and features less acts. This year Boston Calling packed perhaps its biggest punch in its first day. The Killers finished off the first night and set the bar for the rest of the weekend. As soon as the opening notes of the famous “Mr. Brightside” hit (a surprise opening to their set), thousands of attendees were reeled in. The Vegas rock band never let up, switching from fan favorites to covers and finishing with “When We Were Young.” It was clear that the decision to have such a strong act close out the first night was deliberate. It signaled that the crowd was in for a killer weekend.

Portugal. The Man

Denise Fortin

 

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Hours before The Killers hit the green stage, Portugal. The Man captivated a large crowd with non-stop music. The Alaskan rock band barely took a breath between their songs while their psychedelic graphics and hilarious commentary from their stage manager played behind them. A personal favorite was “Don’t worry, we’ll be playing that song next,” which was projected on the screen behind the band, signifying they would be playing their smash hit “Feel It Still” next. It was obvious they knew many festival goers were there to hear the one song they all knew. Lucky for the attendees, they got a great show on top of it.

Cameron Esposito

Denise Fortin

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Comedian Cameron Esposito took the stage in the arena as hundreds piled into see her and hide from the rain on Sunday. She began her set with a fiery rant about President Trump and the current state of America. Her fiery passion extended throughout her 30-minute stand-up as she tackled injuries, being a lesbian in middle America, and crowd hecklers. She was the shining star of the four comedians that performed that night.

 

Roxy’s Grilled Cheese

Denise Fortin

Photo credit: Roxy’s Grilled Cheese Facebook

Music festivals are home to many experiences but food may be the most important. After all, dancing to music all day can leave you famished. I tried food from various vendors but nothing came close to the hot honey bacon grilled cheese I had from Roxy’s. Not only did it taste the best, but it was also the quickest and cheapest meal I got all weekend. You couldn’t ask for more from festival food.

 

Noname

Veronica Neto

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Noname is a female rapper to keep your eyes on. She came on mid-Friday admitting she had too much to drink already and “would be taking a nap after this.” Her bubbly personality and fire lyrics that spoke the truth of the society we endure had the crowd going. Her song “Bye Bye Baby” had many people leaving the red stage a fan.

 

The alcohol selection – 21+ Please Drink Responsibly

Veronica Neto

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Hey Boston Calling, thank you for not making our favorite beers pricey! The festival did an amazing job with great selections of alcohol. Barefoot, Sam Adams, are the few to name that even had tastings from 2pm-5pm. Paired great with the food selection, many people were feeling the buzz.

 

Brockhampton, “Ya’ll get that new Shawn Mendes Album?”

Veronica Neto

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I had no idea what I was in for when Brockhampton hit the Blue Stage. This rockish, hip-hop, maybe even indie boy band wore large blue cargo pants paired with bullet proof vests and bounced across the stage. One of my favorite moments was their song “Boogie” that even had the back of the crowd dancing their hearts out. The mood changed by the end of the set when the boy band broke down crying on stage. This was in light of their group member Ameer being accused of sexual assault, which he was not on stage because of. In a statement just yesterday, he has been removed from the group and Brockhampton has decided to cancel the rest of their US tour.

 

Tyler, The Creator

Veronica Neto

If you’ve ever seen the video “so you just gonna bring me a birthday gift on my birthday to my birthday party on my birthday with a birthday gift” then you know how high powered Tyler, the Creator is. The rapper stepped out with his cheetah print hair to a crowd that had endless energy (I’m not joking, a mosh pit formed). Even his stage effects were beautiful. With funny commentary and lyrics that hit the heart, he wrapped up the Blue Stage on Saturday perfectly with his song “See You Again.”

P.S. Tyler bring out Frank Ocean next time? We miss him!

Eminem

Denise Fortin

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Sunday proved to be the busiest day of the whole weekend. It also proved to be the worst, weather-wise. The consistent rain and 50 degree temperature made it hard to enjoy the festival as much as Friday and Sunday. Eminem had a tough feat: entertain a crowd that was freezing, wet, and tired. Luckily, there was no one better than one of the world’s most influential rappers to do so. He rapped through his extensive discography with ease and kept the crowd involved. He ended the night and the weekend with a literal bang: fireworks and his Academy Award winning hit, “Lose Yourself”. Seeing a legend as big as Eminem proved to be an unexpected treat.

 

The crowd

Veronica Neto

Photo credit: Boston Calling

Boston Calling did a fabulous job with the setup of festival this year, but a biggest thank you goes to the crowd. Never once did I feel uncomfortable. Never once did I feel unsafe. I felt at home with thousands of fans in Allston singing our hearts away every night.

Until next year!

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