It’s Boston Calling season! Boston Calling Music Festival is a three-day, multi-stage festival featuring the biggest and best acts in live music, comedy, and visual arts. This year features acts such as Eminem, The Killers, Paramore, Fleet Foxes, and Brockhampton. We have live coverage of the event all weekend through Northeastern’s student-run radio station WRBB! Tune in on CAMD’s Instagram or Northeastern’s Snapchat to get an insider look at the festival, and of course, check back here for day-by-day run-downs!

And, be sure to check out WRBB’s rundown of their coverage:

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Dan Lim
Dan is a rising senior majoring in Marketing with a minor in Music. He is currently an auxiliary board member focusing on the station’s 55 years of history after serving two years as the station’s manager. He’ll be carrying around a recorder with Andrew trying to talk to as many people as physically possible without being punched in the face. He will be very mad if there are long lines around food—very, very mad.

 

Maddie Harris
Maddie is a rising senior majoring in Marketing with a minor in Spanish. Earlier this month she became the operations director of WRBB, taking care of fun things like broken lightbulbs, station access, and general studio improvements. Last year at Boston Calling she enjoyed listening to Bon Iver in the rain and crying to Mitski. She looks forward St. Vincent, Fleet Foxes, and Dirty Projectors the most. She can be found at the Sam Adams tent as she will start working for Sam Adams in July of this year.

 

Rob Steiner
Rob is a rising 4th-year Music Industry major and Music Recording minor who makes up for his lack of conversation skills by being a somewhat decent writer. He’s currently the Lead Copy Editor for WRBB; main tasks include editing articles for the website, running the editing team, and freaking out freshmen writers by mercilessly nitpicking their concert reviews. He’ll be putting on his fancy “critic” cap for Boston Calling, writing recaps for all three days. He’s looking forward to catching Jack White live (finally), seeing what exactly Natalie Portman will be doing, and witnessing thousands of people lose their minds over “Mr. Brightside.”

 

Ingrid Angulo
Ingrid is WRBB’s Promotions Manager and a rising third year International Affairs and Economics major and Journalism minor. She’ll primarily be taking photos and running social media at Boston Calling but is excited to dabble in all of WRBB’s coverage. Her former emo self has been waiting to see Paramore for the past nine years but never actually felt passionate enough to go out of her way to buy tickets, so the fact that they’re playing the festival is really heartwarming to her. Besides Paramore, she can’t wait to see Tyler, the Creator, Fleet Foxes, Pond, Leikeli47, and her favorite comedian David Cross.

 

Jason Crouse
Jason is a third year Computer Science and Mathematics major who also tweets a lot as WRBB’s Digital Marketing Manager. His favorite part of working with WRBB is the endless supply of concert photography opportunities, so he’s super excited to have the chance to shoot Boston Calling this weekend. He is most looking forward to seeing St Vincent and Julien Baker while trying the new IKEA veggie dogs and chilling in the media tent when it gets too hot.

 

Andrew Goldberg
Andrew is a rising fourth-year, Music Industry major, Recording minor, and all around curmudgeon. He is currently the Programming Director for WRBB, bringing the wonderful sound of collegiate radio to the masses. He’ll be scanning the crowds of Boston Calling for interesting stories and tidbits to share, as well as experiencing Fleet Foxes’ reverb firsthand.

Podcast

Join the WRBB Boston Calling team as we bring you the first installment of our 3-part podcast series. Here, we survey friends, professionals, and attendees on what it takes to be a respectful and conscious festival-goer. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s episode, as we highlight this year’s great food lineup.


Articles

How To Overcome Growing Pains with Food and Beer
by Rob Steiner

Back when Boston Calling moved to the Harvard Athletic Complex for the first time last year, the fest faced a simple but lofty task: prove a bigger space could work. For the most part, it succeeded in doing just that – but that’s not to say the weekend was won without some growing pains. Food ran out fast, bathrooms were a mess, and wifi and cell service was non-existent. Basically, it boiled down to festival organizers underestimating what was actually needed to keep a higher-capacity festival running smoothly—click here to read the rest of Rob’s thoughts.

Where Are The Dogs? 
by Maddie Harris

The day started out with the sounds of Charly Bliss echoing from the will call line as we rushed to get to Big Thief before enough people over the height of 5’9” got in the way of my 5’4” perspective point. Although Big Thief’s tunes were cool, the 90 degree heat would soon take over most of my thoughts, except one: WHERE ARE THE DOGS—click here to read the rest of Maddie’s thoughts.


Photos

Way more photos by the end of the weekend! But here’s a quick taste of what the day looked like:

Podcast

Join the WRBB Boston Calling team as we bring you the second installment of our 3-part podcast series. Here, we survey friends and vendors about festival grub, community, and how food and music find common ground. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s episode, as we highlight conversation on this year’s lineup.


Articles

Rock’s Not Dead, Just Older and Weirder
by Rob Steiner

Alright, look: I realize that in order to properly review and recap a festival, one has to actually walk around and do stuff at said festival that day. Go to the different stages, try the food, explore all the fun odds and ends of the three-day wonderland of music, booze, and IKEA lounge areas – all to ensure a comprehensive, well-rounded summary for all the readers attending the festival vicariously through me—click here to read the rest of Rob’s thoughts.

Is BROCKHAMPTON Not Just Another Boyband?
by Maddie Harris

I could already tell it was going to be a long day as the muggy air loomed over us and the only exciting musical prospect for me was St. Vincent (whose set was hours away). As I reluctantly slathered on the free sunscreen by the ID check tent, I locked eyes on the pierogi vendor. Pierogis, which are usually little pillows of starchy goodness, went down my throat like hot rocks. I was immediately rendered upset and uncomfortable—click here to read the rest of Maddie’s thoughts.


Photos

Way more photos by the end of the weekend! But here’s a quick taste of what the day looked like:

Podcast

Join the WRBB Boston Calling team as we bring you the third and final installment of our 3-part podcast series. Here, we survey professors and attendees about saturated festival lineups, their reception, and what can come of it.


Articles

Everything Was Beautiful, and Everything Hurt
by Rob Steiner

Considering that Boston Calling is still a pretty young festival, one of the currently ongoing goals is finding an identity distinct enough to compete in the inflating number of festivals every year. While the lineup, space, and activities helps with that, it might be the most New England thing ever to start the weekend sweating your ass off in 90-degree heat, and end it shivering underneath your poncho and four layers of clothing. You don’t get that at Coachella.—click here to read the rest of Rob’s thoughts.

Perfect Weather for The Decemberists
by Maddie Harris

The crowd on the third day was a mix of people: those who were prepared vs. those who had to wrap themselves in plastic to avoid the rain. I was the latter. While some chose to just bust arm and head holes through garbage bags, I was gifted a white hooded poncho by a nice Canadian man who probably didn’t know the meaning of a white hood in the United States. It was also a mix of those who were there to see the headliner (Eminem), and those who were there to see literally any other act besides Eminem—click here to read the rest of Maddie’s thoughts.


Photos

Way more photos later this week! But here’s a quick taste of what the day looked like: