The first Boston Calling back in May gave us a lot to be enthusiastic about: a killer lineup, affordable tickets, re-entry passes, and the most convenient location known to Boston-dwelling humankind. But it also ended with a surprise when, right before headliners The National took the stage on the final night, giant screens announced that there was yet another Boston Calling scheduled for September (National guitarist Aaron Dessner helped curate both lineups).
Running the city’s only two-day music festival is a lofty task, but running it twice a year is a whole new ballgame. Still, organizers Brian Appel and Mike Snow of Crash Line Productions knew the score the whole time, even if they didn’t let on to the rest of us right away. According to Appel,
“We thought it would be presumptuous to just go out there and say, ‘We’re doin’ it twice!’ before we had even done it once.
The thing that was really happening concurrently was the booking for September while we were planning the logistics for May.”
That second go-round is now rapidly approaching, and with it a very different vibe.
For one thing, artists like Solange, Flosstradamus, and Kendrick Lamar would have been out of features a heavy dose of rowdy indie and folk, topped with headliner Vampire Weekend, while day two looks to be an electronic and hip-hop-filled bash, ending with Passion Pit.
“You’ve obviously got this major influx of population that arrives this week and next into Boston that lives all over the country,” explained Appel. “We wanted to create a festival for September that was just a real party vibe.
You’ve got all these students and young adults that are back in town, they’re ready for the fall and for all the stuff that Boston has, and this is just a big ‘welcome back’ party, in our view.”
A welcome back party where Vampire Weekend, Kendrick Lamar, Passion Pit, Major Lazer, Deer Tick, Gaslight Anthem, Bat for Lashes, Okkervil River, Flume (not to mention our local buddies You Won’t, Bearstronaut, and Viva Viva) plus a horde of others will be in attendance? Shut up and take our money.
SATURDAY 9.7.13-SUNDAY 9.8.13
CITY HALL PLAZA
NOON DOORS/ALL AGES/$75 DAILY, $130 WEEKEND, $350 WEEKEND VIP