Boston Calling delivered unbelievable music, despite cloudy skies from May 26 to 28. With artists such as Weezer, Tool, Chance the Rapper and Mumford & Sons, it was no wonder the 16-acre Harvard Athletic Complex was filled with tens of thousands of fans all weekend. Diverse acts played the three stages. A special venue for 2017 was the Boston Calling Comedy Experience, hosted by comedian Hannibal Buress.
There were many ways for festival-goers to entertain themselves between acts. Along with arcade games, on-site beer bars and virtual reality demos, there were opportunities to ride a Ferris wheel and taste food from more than 15 vendors. Many concert-goers were comfortable with simply lounging on the grass, too.
Singer-songwriter Mitski Miyawaki took the stage May 28 after an energized performance by Mondo Cozmo. With fans cheering her on, this Japanese-American artist sang her hits “Townie” and “Your Best American Girl.” Hearing Miyawaki live made her lyrics feel intimate and personal. Her eclectic music left enthusiastic fans wanting more after her 45-minute set.
Miyawaki said, “This is what I’ve always wanted to do with my life and now I’m doing it, so thank you very much.”
Band Sigur Rós performed on Friday, mesmerizing with a light show during the captivating musical performance. Although it rained during their set, Sigur Rós performed with intensity and depth in which the downpour only added to the experience.
The xx impressed fans with an alluring set on Saturday night. With DJ Jamie xx mixing beats backing the dreamy voices of musicians Romy Croft and Oliver Sim, it didn’t take long for indie pop fans to sing along to favorites like “Say Something Loving” and “On Hold.”
Although long lines for food and bathrooms could have been better planned, Boston Calling’s three-day music festival was an experience to be had. It was especially exciting to see favorite bands live, and the festival introduced a variety of acts to Boston. Overall, the third Boston Calling was a treat for audiophiles, with the fourth festival on track for 2018.
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