Boston Calling celebrated its 10th version this 12 months (whereas it was established solely six years in the past, in 2013, the pageant was initially bi-annual), and by some miracle, it didn’t rain as soon as.
Whereas the pageant — which falls over Memorial Day Weekend — was cloudy and windy on the primary day, the remaining was all sunshine. Festivalgoers soaked all of it up on the Harvard Athletic Complicated in Allston, having fun with music, comedy and even performances from the Boston Ballet.
The tenth Boston Calling (May 24-26, 2019) was headlined by Twenty One Pilots, Tame Impala and Travis Scott.
Take a look at Billboard’s high highlights of the weekend:
Day 1: Comedy, Chris, Chvrches
Friday was blustery, with indicators and different assorted pageant paraphernalia blowing over within the wind, however by the point Mura Masa appeared on the Inexperienced Stage, the daytime crowd was prepared to bounce. Charli XCX was absent for his or her collab “1 Night,” however vocalist Bonzai held her personal all through the set.
Over within the indoor Enviornment, Fred Armisen completely killed it along with his distinctive model of musical comedy. In keeping with his Grammy-nominated Netflix particular, Standup for Drummers, Armisen performed guitar and drums because the bit or sketch known as for it, plus confirmed off his expertise for impressions and accents. One standout second got here when the Portlandia star parodied an especially quiet “NPR Tiny Desk drummer.”
Again on the Inexperienced Stage, Chris(tine and the Queens) introduced pyro, spectacular choreography and powerhouse vocals. “You can be whoever you want. You can even dissolve if you don’t want to exist, it’s fine!” the multi-hyphenate Frenchwoman informed the gang at one level. “There’s just no judgment here, there’s only love,” she added. At one level, an unlimited blue smoke bomb turned up the drama — however results apart, Chris commanded the stage all on her personal throughout hits like “Comme Si,” Girlfriend” and “Tilted.”
Chvrches drew a large crowd for his or her Delta Blue Stage set, proving that they have been completely able to standing in for Janelle Monae, who dropped out as a consequence of a scheduling battle. Frontwoman Lauren Mayberry, who wore a vibrant neon pink costume, couldn’t assist however reference the change. “We are supposed to be Janelle Monae…we’re not as half as fucking cool as Janelle Monae and we know that,” she joked. “We’re just gonna try our best.” The Scottish trio performed a mixture of new and outdated favorites, with “Get Out,” “Miracle,” “Get better” and “The Mom We Share” all within the rotation.
Twenty One Pilots closed out the night, starting their set with a flaming automotive. The duo (Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun) introduced a few of their common acrobatics, and far of the set was one huge singalong. “Night number one…it’s windy, kind of cold,” Joseph commented at one level, “But I know you guys still have energy.” Cue Dun backflipping off the piano.
Day 2: Lil Nas X Rides to One Of the USA’s Oldest Cities
On the Crimson Stage, U.K. indie pop collective Superorganism had the gang bopping at the same time as they squinted on the solar of their eyes. The group’s 19-year-old frontwoman Orono Noguchi was filled with charisma, and she or he led her colorfully-dressed band members by beloved tracks like “All people Desires to Be Well-known” and Something for Your M.I.N.D.”
Parks and Recreation star Jenny Slate took to the Enviornment stage in a canary-yellow costume, shouting out her hometown of Boston earlier than launching right into a story-focused comedy set that concerned loads of weed humor.
King Princess (aka Mikaela Straus) opened with “Talia” on the Delta Blue Stage, strutting out in a white crop high, black baseball cap and Thor Motocross pants. “There’s a lot of gay youth here tonight,” she noticed. To not fear, as Straus later promised: “I’m gonna give you the big pussy song.” Enter “Pussy Is God,” which had everybody roaring in approval from the opening chords.
Because the solar started to vanish, followers sprinted from KP’s set to Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals on the Inexperienced Stage. .Paak’s band and backup singers regarded dapper in matching blue outfits, and the singer-rapper earned thunderous applause as his drum set rose up out of the stage. One of the vital epic moments got here when Lil Nas X, who had been teased as a particular visitor for the fest all month, made an look to carry out his seven-time Scorching 100 No. 1 “Old Town Road.”
Day 3: Beating the Warmth
Temps climbed to round 90 levels on Day 3, and by the point Melissa Villaseñor’s set within the Enviornment passed off, many festivalgoers neatly sought refuge within the air-conditioned area. The Saturday Evening Dwell solid member carried out a stand-up set mingled with impressions, together with an uncanny Nicki Minaj one.
SOB X RBE introduced main warmth to the Inexperienced Stage, with the gang vibing to hits like “Different” and “Anti.” One fan was even caught crowd-surfing.
In the meantime, Marina’s crowd was ready patiently on the Crimson Stage, with the primary few rows changing into packed an hour forward of set time. Finally, 6:10 PM rolled round, and the Welsh singer-songwriter appeared in a lime inexperienced outfit alongside backup singer-dancers, although she did carry out “I Am Not a Robot” solo. “I’ve always had a good time in Boston. That’s a fact,” Marina informed the viewers at one level. She later introduced that she’d be again for one more Boston tour date within the fall. Different songs within the combine: “To Be Human,” “Savages” and “Karma.”
Logic, who took to the Crimson Stage sporting a Boston Crimson Sox cap, was practically outdone by the spectacular sundown taking place behind him. Nonetheless, he captured everybody’s consideration along with his rapid-fire verses on tracks like “44 More” and “Homicide.” Bobby Tarantino additionally had directions for his devotees: “I want you to participate. If I tell you to scream, you scream…if I tell you to jump, you fucking jump. No too-cool-for-school-fuckbois at this show, goddammit.”