MUSE: Boston Calling Music Festival

By Bonnie Zeng, Staff Writer

The National is scheduled to perform on the second day of Boston Calling on May 26th/ PRESS PHOTO BY Deidre O'Callaghan

The National is scheduled to perform on the second day of Boston Calling on May 26th/ PRESS PHOTO BY Deidre O’Callaghan

As busy and broke college students, it’s sometimes frustrating to live in a city where there are constantly concerts. We usually don’t have the time or money to go to multiple shows to see all the artists that we would like to. But if you’re an indie rock, indie folk or alternative rock fan staying in Boston for the summer and you want to see some of your favorite musicians in one place, you’re not going to want to miss Boston Calling Music Festival.

Boston Calling, scheduled for Saturday May 25 through Sunday May 26, features an impressive lineup of bands. It is being headlined by Fun— this year’s Best New Artist winner at the Grammys— and The National. Bands performing Saturday include The Shins, Marina and the Diamonds, Matt and Kim, Portugal, The Man, Cults, MS MR, St. Lucia and Bad Rabbits. Sunday’s line-up includes The National, Of Monsters and Men, Young the Giant, Andrew Bird, Dirty Projectors, Ra Ra Riot, The Walkmen, Youth Lagoon and Caspian.

“Boston is such a great city for music and arts, and the city’s appetite for live outdoor events only grows each year,” co-founder Brian Appel wrote in a press release. “We are fortunate to have some wonderful people contributing to this event, and we are excited to fill a void in the New England festival circuit.”

For those of us unable to attend major music festivals like Bonnaroo or Coachella, Boston Calling is a great chance to attend a local festival with some of the most well-known performers in live music. And although it may not be as grand as some of the bigger shows, it’s exciting to see that music festivals might finally start to become a trend in the northeast region.

Boston Calling will be held at City Hall Plaza. Tickets are on sale here.


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