Boston Calling Live Blog 2017

Our collection of all the moments you can't miss, through Sunday, May 28. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, too.

With reporting by Spencer Buell, Jackie Cain, Abby Bielagus, Alex Erdekian, Julia Hopkins, Lizzy Barrett, and Lisa Weidenfeld

Photos by Julia Hopkins

Sunday, 9:45 p.m.
The night closed out with rock star moves from Cage the Elephant and simultaneous Weezer (sweaters were destroyed) and Major Lazer (crowds were surfed) shows, before Tool finished up the festival.

Weezer

Photo by Julia Hopkins

Weezer

Photo by Julia Hopkins

Photo by Julia Hopkins

Photo by Julia Hopkins

Major Lazer

Photo by Lizzy Barrett

Cage the Elephant

Photo by Julia Hopkins

Sunday 7:29 p.m.

Run the Jewels took the stage, accepted a bouquet of flowers, and gave the crowd some words of wisdom. Killer Mike, who’s from Atlanta, also lamented the Falcons’ loss to the Patriots, and called himself and El-P the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady of the rap game.

Photo by Julia Hopkins

Photo by Julia Hopkins

Meanwhile, despite a lack of sunshine, Wolf Parade helped Boston Calling “believe in anything.”

Photo by Julia Hopkins

Sunday, 5:45 p.m.
Everyone jammed out with Frightened Rabbit on the Blue Stage, right? Plus, if you were over at the comedy stage, you got to hear Hannibal Buress entertaining the crowd with a shrooming story, interviewing an Uber driver, and telling jokes through a voice changing device.

Frightened Rabbit

Photo by Julia Hopkins

Sunday, 4:30 p.m.
Flatbush Zombies played to an adoring crowd.

Flatbush Zombies

Photo by Julia Hopkins

Boston Calling

Photo by Julia Hopkins

Sunday, 4 p.m.
It’s safe to say Pup fans are pretty into the band.

Pup crowd Boston Calling

Photo by Lizzy Barrett

On the Red Stage, Mitski said she was into the cloudy weather, pointing out that it very much matched her aesthetic.

Mitski

Photo by Lizzy Barrett

Boston band Buffalo Tom also took the stage earlier today. You can learn about the other local bands at Boston Calling here.

Buffalo Tom

Photo by Lizzy Barrett

Sunday, 3:50 p.m.
New development, beer geeks: You can now get a handful of Mikkeller’s beers from the location near the Green Stage in these cool cans, including the American Dream hoppy pilsner.

Mikkeller Beer

Photo by Jackie Cain

Sunday, 3:15 p.m.
Mondo Cozmo appreciates it when you get their name right.

Mondo Cozmo

Photo by Lizzy Barrett

Sunday, 2:48 p.m.

PUP had a rowdy set at the Blue Stage in a light drizzle. So far, the rain is holding out, but the clouds look mean.

Photos by Julia Hopkins

Before them, Massachusetts emo up-and-comers The Hotelier kicked things off. They’re one of many hometown heroes performing at Boston Calling this year.

Photos by Julia Hopkins

Sunday, 2 p.m.
Cloudy skies making you nervous? Swing by the Maven car sharing tent for a poncho.

Photo by Alex Erdekian

Saturday, 10 p.m.
The day wrapped up with the 1975, the XX, and a headlining set from Mumford & Sons.

Mumford & Sons

Photo by Lizzy Barrett

The XX

Photo by Lizzy Barrett

Boston Calling crowd

Photo by Lizzy Barrett

The 1075

Photo by Lizzy Barrett

Saturday, 7:20 p.m.
Feeling hungry? Check out our guide to the food here at Boston Calling.

Firefly's ribs, brisket beans, coleslaw, and corn bread

Firefly’s ribs, brisket beans, coleslaw, and corn bread. / Photo by Lizzy Barrett

Saturday, 6:45 p.m.
Tegan and Sara kept the crowd entertained with a few stories, including the fact that Sara at one point wanted to go to Harvard to become a lawyer. She probably made the right career choice.

Tegan and Sara

Photo by Lizzy Barrett

Meanwhile, Majid Jordan was hard at work on the Blue Stage.

Majid Jordan

Photo by Lizzy Barrett

Update, 5:48 p.m.

Danny Brown in a Korn T-shirt, a Red Sox hat-wearing Brandi Carlile, and Dorchester’s own Cousin Stizz take the stage.

Danny Brown photo by Julia Hopkins

Brandi Carlile photo by Julia Hopkins

Cousin Stizz photo by Julia Hopkins

Saturday, 4:46 p.m.

The performance from London’s Oh Wonder on the Red Stage was electric, and Josephine Vander Gucht got airborne.

Photos by Lizzy Barrett.

Saturday, 4:19 p.m.


Canadian duo Tegan and Sara, who take the Red Stage at 5:30 p.m., love the sculptures placed around Boston Calling with artists’ lyrics printed on them. They said so on Instagram (which, by the way, is worth a follow if you like cats, twin-size sweaters, and other such things).

I mean, look at this cat:

Furstborn 😸

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Saturday, 3:15 p.m.

Vendors set up around Boston Calling are vying for attendees’ attention with games, raffles, and free stuff. Seems like they brought their A-game.

Photos by Spencer Buell

At the Angry Orchard tent, you can go “bobbing for apples” with a crane, play whack-a-mole, or skeeball.

Dark Horse, which is serving samples of rosé, is also offering the chance to watch headliners from their rooftop deck. The drawing is at 8 p.m.

Photos by Spencer Buell

Miller Lite, which built a “Bar 75” astride the Red Stage, has a phone charging station and a wall of “real fans for real fans” for cooling off

Photo by Spencer Buell

JBL is offering free headphones, speakers, and swag to those who can nail one of these targets with a ball.

Photo by Spencer Buell

And at the booth for the new Aubrey Plaza movie Ingrid Goes West, you can grab a free slice of avocado toast. We tried it. It’s good.

Saturday, 2:32 p.m.

Timothy Showalter of Strand of Oaks had lots of fans singing along at the Red Stage this afternoon.

Photo by Julia Hopkins

Saturday, 2:25 p.m.

Festies who showed up early saw Portland’s Alexandra Savior get things started under clear blue skies.

Photo by Julia Hopkins

Saturday, 2 p.m.
Day 2 brings sunny skies and daytime crowds to the festival.

Boston Calling Field

Photo by Lisa Weidenfeld

Friday
The night closed out with rainy performances from Bon Iver, Sigur Ros, and Chance the Rapper.

Chance the Rapper

Courtesy of Joshua Mentzer for the Heights

Sigur Ros

Photo by Lizzy Barrett

Friday, 8:23 p.m.
Lexington native Pete Holmes played to a hometown crowd by telling plenty of Boston jokes. Comedy host Hannibal Buress also stopped by.

Hannibal Buress

Photo by Lizzy Barrett

Pete Holmes

Photo by Lizzy Barrett

Friday, 8:00 p.m.
Mac DeMarco enjoyed a beer onstage.

Mac Demarco

Photo by Julia Hopkins

A little rain didn’t stop the fans.

boston calling

Photo by Julia Hopkins

Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Headliner Chance the Rapper made an early appearance when he jumped on stage with Francis and the Lights, a la May I Have This Dance.

When Francis and the Lights brings out Chance the Rapper at #BostonCalling 😍

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Friday, 5:45 p.m.

Behold, the moves of Francis and the Lights.

Photos by Lizzy Barrett

Friday, 4:45 p.m.
Deerhoof’s Satomi Matsuzaki came with eye makeup ready to rock.

Deerhoof

Photo by Julia Hopkins

Friday, 4:30 p.m.
Whitney was feeling the love during their set.

Whitney band

Photo by Lizzy Barrett

Friday, 4:20 p.m.
Lucy Dacus takes the stage.

Lucy Dacus

Photo by Julia Hopkins

Friday, 4 p.m.
This year’s fashion item of choice? A poncho.

Boston Calling

Photo by Julia Hopkins

Friday, 3:54 p.m.
Vundabar was the first band to take the stage, officially kicking off the festival.

Vundabar

Photo by Julia Hopkins

Friday, 3:30
Xylouris White was one of the first acts to take the stage.

xylouris white

Photo by Lizzy Barrett

Friday, 3:20 p.m.
Concertgoers aren’t letting a little rainy weather keep them down.

Boston Calling

Photo by Lizzy Barrett

Friday, 2:33 p.m.
Because it wouldn’t be a Boston festival without the Dunkies truck.

Dunkin Donuts Boston Calling

Photo by Lisa Weidenfeld


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