For the last weekend of May, Boston Calling made it’s return to City Hall Plaza, this time for two full days and an additional Friday night of music, new from last year’s editions of the festival. Memorial Day weekend was filled with some of the most popular alternative and indie bands, as well as new and upcoming artists. Friday night was headlined by Jack Johnson and Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes, while Death Cab For Cutie, The Decemberists, Brand New, and Modest Mouse held the honors for Saturday and Sunday. The Decemberists’ first show in over two years was a delight on Saturday, despite the downpour that showed up just prior to their taking the stage. The rain let up for Death Cab, who are arguably the biggest act to play the festival to date. Sunday’s weather was an improvement, and the threat of a thunder storm held off for the entire day. Bastille’s set was nothing short of overwhelming, with nearly all of City Hall Plaza singing along and jumping during their final song and radio hit, “Pompei.” Brand New put on the best live show of the weekend with an energy-filled set that included guitarist Vincent Accardi knocking his entire amp setup over, onto himself during their final song. Modest Mouse, indie/alternative veterans of over two decades and counting rounded out the night. Both them and Brand New will be playing together again soon – August 9th in Queens.
Boston Calling’s next weekend is slated for three days yet again, September 5th, 6th, and 7th. Passes are currently available, but usually sell out in a short amount of time. Make sure to act fast in order to see acts such as Lorde, Nas X The Roots, The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, Childish Gambino, and others.’