With a lineup including The National, Lorde, Nas and the Roots, The Replacements, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, and The 1975 it's no wonder Boston Calling Music Festival's Fall installment was another success. Boston Calling has become a biannual celebration held each year at Boston's Government Center. Artists hit the stage September 5-7, 2014 and gave the city of Boston an unforgettable kick start to Fall. With two different stages that allow artists to start performing on one as another band finishes up on the other is just one of the many things that make Boston Calling unique. “We wanted the lineup to be cohesive, and no overlapping. We also wanted everyone to have the ability to see as many bands as they want.” explained Mike Snow of Crash Line Productions. Throughout the day fans not only danced to nonstop music but enjoyed food and beverage selections from Samuel Adams, Vita Cocoa, Wicked Wines, Tasty Burger, and The Citizen Public House catered an incredible menu for VIP attendees.
The combination of Boston Calling's all star lineup mixed with an unforgettable atmosphere made this installment another festival triumph. Headliners The National, Lorde, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, The 1975, Spoon, The Replacements, and Nas & The Roots lit up the stages and got Bostonians roaring. An unanticipated storm caused the cancelation of both Girl Talk and Volcano Choir on Saturday causing and immediate evacuation of the site due to the severity of storm the warnings. However, hopeful fans waited outside the festival gates in hopes that the show would go on. Boston Calling organizers announced that eager festival fans could return for a 9 p.m. set by Lorde.
September's lineup was versatile and incredible, but I definitely had my most memorable moments.
Saturday's weather wasn't the most electrifying moment of the day. Lorde took the stage after fans waited out the storm and gave Boston a jaw dropping performance. New Zealand native Lorde, Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, wowed the crowd with tracks off her freshman release, True Heroine. She owned the stage and put on a crowd pleasing performance singing hits "Royals", "Team", "Glory and Gore", and "Tennis Court”. She's an artist I admire for her spectacular talent and uniqueness. Lorde told Boston “You guys are officially my favorite crowd in America right now.” Lorde is officially one of my favorite artists. Boston Calling not only showed her talent and but also her dedication to fans.
Matt Healy, Ross MacDonald, Adam Hann, and George Daniel showed Boston firsthand English charm. Known for hits "The City", "Chocolate", and "Robbers" the English foursome have been igniting every stage they play. Healy has a cool, calm, rock swagger when he performs. He has the classic rock n' roll vibe, but adds a twist with his intriguing persona. Taking breaks between songs to swig wine from a bottle and have a casual cigarette, serenading a fan onstage, and jumping on their drum set to jam out on his guitar Healy is nonstop entertainment with bandmates MacDonald, Hann, and Daniel. I want to know England's secret because they have some incredibly talented musicians. The 1975 are some of my favorite English gents.
Twenty One Pilots
I had the opportunity to sit in on an interview with Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun. They're just as fun and charming off stage as they are on. Hit songs "Car Radio ", "Semi-Automatic", "Holding On To You", and "Trees" have built this Ohio based band a loyal fan following. They got Boston Calling fans screaming and cheering the entire set playing hit songs, utilizing musical equipment for launch pads, and Joseph running through the crowd to sing to the fans in the back. I was blown away with their energy on stage and incredible talent. Dun crowd surfing on his drum set or Joseph landing a running jump off a piano were two of the many jaw dropping moments. Let's just say Joseph and Dun are an all-around dynamic duo. I look forward to photographing them flying through the air again.
Boston Calling is standing strong next to festivals like Coachella, The Governors Ball, Firefly Music Festival, and others alike. Boston Calling is already preparing for it's May 2015 installment. Though the lineup hasn't yet been announced I'm already looking forward to another festival.
Boston’s calling music fans to come together May 22-25, 2015. If you’re a music enthusiast then Boston Calling should be on your 2015 festival list.