Photos: Boston Calling Spring 2016

Check out scenes from the music festival's latest edition at City Hall Plaza.

Photos by Olga Khvan and Kelsey Cronin


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Sia headlined the first night of Boston Calling. / Photo by Olga Khvan

Boston Calling is back for a Memorial Day weekend full of lively music, good food, and flower crowns. Sia, Robyn, and Disclosure are headlining the spring 2016 edition of the popular music festival—the last one taking place at City Hall Plaza before the festival relocates to Allston in 2017.

This weekend, attendees will encounter a few additional pieces to Boston Calling, such as a third stage for comedians and bands from the Boston area, and upgraded food and beverage options.

Couldn’t make it out, or want to relive the magic? Check out scenes from this weekend’s Boston Calling extravaganza so far:

Photos from Day 3

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Photo by Olga Khvan

Disclosure closed out the seventh edition of Boston Calling on Sunday night.

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Disclosure performing at Boston Calling.

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Brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence of Disclosure. 

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HAIM, a trio of sisters, performed at Boston Calling on Sunday evening.

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Alana Haim performing at Boston Calling.

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Este Haim performed “I Would Die 4 U,” in tribute to her idol Prince.

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HAIM brought out Christine & The Queens to the stage.

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Danielle Haim performing at Boston Calling.

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Janelle Monáe performed at Boston Calling.

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The singer honored her mentor, Prince.

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Elle King took a sip of beer before her set.

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Elle King performed at Boston Calling.

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Elle King performed her hit “Ex’s and Oh’s” and a cover of The Beatles’ “Oh Darling.”

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Charles Bradley performed at Boston Calling.

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Local florist Boston Pollen makes flower crowns for VIP guests.

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Photo by Kelsey Cronin

Dana and Jillian Silverberg show off their Boston Calling pennants.

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra performed on Sunday.

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Christine & The Queens performed on the third day of Boston Calling.

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Photos from Day 2

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City Hall Plaza illuminated for Boston Calling.

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Robyn performed at Boston Calling.

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Robyn performed at Boston Calling.

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Robyn performed at Boston Calling.

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Robyn performed at Boston Calling.

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Robyn performed at Boston Calling.

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Julian Edelman showed up before Robyn’s set to encourage the crowd to “Free Brady!”

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Odesza performed at Boston Calling.

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Odesza performed at Boston Calling.

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Miike Snow performed at Boston Calling.

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Front row during Miike Snow.

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Miike Snow performed at Boston Calling.

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Miike Snow performed at Boston Calling.

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Festival-goers pack City Hall Plaza.

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Photo by Olga Khvan

City and Colour performed at Boston Calling.

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Front row for Courtney Barnett at Boston Calling.

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Courtney Barnett performed at Boston Calling.

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Front row for Courtney Barnett.

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Courtney Barnett performed at Boston Calling.

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BØRNS performed at Boston Calling.

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Fans danced on the plaza as BØRNS performed.

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BØRNS performed at Boston Calling.

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Nemes performed on the new third stage at Boston Calling.

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The festival debuted a third stage for local bands and comedy acts.

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Photo by Kelsey Cronin

Festival-goers braved 90-degree weather on Day 2.

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A festival-goer cools off in front of a fan.

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A festival-goer paints a canvas of pennants at Boston Calling.

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A very excited fan.

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The Vaccines performed at Boston Calling.

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The Vaccines performed at Boston Calling.

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Front row for the Vaccines.

Photos from Day 1

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Photo by Olga Khvan

Sia headlined the first night of Boston Calling.

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A dancer, who popped out from under Sia’s skirt, performed with the singer.

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Photo by Kelsey Cronin

Another dancer performed with Sia during “Shine Bright Like a Diamond,” which she wrote for Rihanna.

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Sufjan Stevens performed at Boston Calling.

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A backup singer during Sufjan Stevens’ performance.

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Sufjan Stevens performed at Boston Calling.

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A young Sia fan out on the plaza.

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Aaron Dessner of the National, who curates Boston Calling’s lineup, kicked off the seventh edition of the festival.

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Lisa Hannigan performed with Aaron Dessner.

 

 


Olga Khvan Olga Khvan, Assistant Digital Editor at Boston Magazine olga.v.khvan@gmail.com