In case you missed it: Boston Calling was epic
A fun-filled weekend with lots of crying, partying, weed and mosh pits
There were many memorable moments from this year’s Boston Calling, thanks to unbelievable performances and crazy fans. And how can we forget the crying and screaming? Headliners and extravagant performances made the crowds go nuts.
Not just any rainy Friday
As soon as the gates opened, there was a stampede. Hundreds of people sprinted towards the different stages, many heading towards the Green Stage where Chance the Rapper would perform last that day.
It rained on and off Friday afternoon into the evening. Although it was a nuisance for some of the props, like confetti canons, the fans did not let the weather get them down. Brightly colored raincoats and umbrellas dotted the crowds as they waited for the performers.
Two high school students against the barricade managed to get food from The Smoke Shop to the front by having their friend pass the pulled pork to a photographer who brought it to the front. We appreciate their efforts.
Chance the Rapper surprised fans during Francis and the Lights’ set. Chance and Francis danced for a minute on stage and ended it with one adorable bro hug.
At the Green Stage, festival goers waiting for Migos kept themselves busy in the rain. One guy would scream every 10 minutes or so,”Rain drop” and the dozen or so people around him would answer back, “Drop top!”
Especially after Migos’ performance, members of the crowd talked about how they were glad that Migos replaced Solange right before the festival.
Additionally, during Migos’ set, you could see Chance jam out on the right side of the stage.
The rain started back up just as Bon Iver started singing Skinny Love (honestly, big mood). It turned into a full downpour in between sets, and people hid once again under umbrellas and in ponchos. Maybe the weather gods love Chance, because things cleared up as soon as he took the stage.
Chill vibes Saturday
Some people arrived at the gates and waited since 9:30 a.m. just to see Mumford and Sons, who would be the final performers of the night, with their set starting at 8:50 p.m. They raced to the stage the second the gates opened and remained there the entire day, avoiding drinking water and eating for fear that they would need to use the bathroom.
Moses Sumney, the second performer on the Green Stage, got the crowd laughing when he poked fun at the new location of the festival: “Told ya I would get to Harvard somehow- sometimes you just have to take the back door.”
The crowd gently swayed and danced throughout the rest of the afternoon to Brandi Carlile and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.
Many festival goers had a difficult decision to make — watch The 1975 or have a spot for Mumford & Sons? Those who went to The 1975 had an amazing time. There was an incredible light show, and they partied until well after the sun went down.
Mumford & Sons took many on an emotional trip. One high school student who had waited against the barricade started obnoxiously screaming, “What! What!” as she watched them for her not first, but 10th time. In other parts of the crowd you could see people crying why shouting the lyrics to Lover of the Light.
At the end of their set, they invited earlier performers Brandi Carlile, Kevin Morby, and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats back onto the stage, along with one of Boston Calling’s founders, Aaron Dessner.
Sunday’s for the mosh pits
Sunday’s lineup was filled with rap, hip-hop and hard-core rock bands. Big acts included Run the Jewels, Weezer, Cage the Elephant, Major Lazer and Tool.
For most of the day, if you were in any of the crowds, all you could smell was weed, and vanilla and bubblegum from vapes (which is not exactly a great combination).
During both Flatbush Zombies and Run the Jewels, huge mosh pits broke out, which were encouraged by the performers. During Piebald’s set, mosh pits also broke out. For all three there were crowd surfers and some people leaving with bloody mouthes and bruises.
Major Lazer got people dancing and jumping song after song, and the music never stopped. Confetti and streamers were blasted every few minutes or so until the ground was covered in pieces of white paper.
As if people weren’t going nuts already, Diplo decided to take a hamster ball over the crowd and everyone there went wild. Rally towels and whistles were thrown into the crowd, water was sprayed everywhere as bottles were thrown by partiers. Many articles of clothing were taken off, too, and spun over their owners’ heads.
It’s easy to say that at Boston Calling, things got a bit wild.