Boston Calling Spring 2014: Bigger, Better, and Three Days Long

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Posted May 12, 2014 by Aimee Ortiz in Business
Don't miss out on Boston's only music festival. Where will you be when Boston Calling 2014 comes into town?

It’s back! Bigger, better and now a day longer, Boston Calling is officially rolling back into town, and its schedule of events is a doozy!

The downtown-centered festival, which will turn a year old on Memorial Day weekend, has expanded from a two-day fun fest to a three-day music bonanza. This year, it is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, from May 23 to May 25. So, put on your skinniest of skinny jeans and favorite band tees, because Boston Calling 2014 is going to be a fest that shouldn’t be missed!

Boston Calling’s Short and Sweet History

Boston Calling has been attracting big names since its inauguration in May 2013. The first time around, we got a chance to see Fun., Matt & Kim, Young the Giant, Portugal. The Man, and The National.

The inaugural festival,  put on by local outfit Crash Line Productions, brought Boston a good mixture of dance and pop punk to keep the crowd going strong, despite the dismal weather on the first day. Additionally, its success proved that Boston could handle a music festival just as well as any other city, officially putting the city on the map for more must-see music festivals.

Boston’s only musical festival came back to us in September and showered us with the dulcet tones of Local Natives, Kendrick Lamar, Vampire Weekend, and Passion Pit.

Whereas the first Boston Calling had a mixture of both dance and pop punk, the second Boston Calling came crashing into town on giant subwoofers—oh yes, they dropped the bass.

The second festival’s mixture of EDM and indie music was more than enough to seal Boston Calling’s fate as one of the city’s greatest biannual events.

So, what big names did Boston Calling 2014 rummage up?

The answer? A lot.

Passion Pit played last year's Boston Calling. Who will you see at Boston Calling 2014?

Boston Calling 2014 will give you the chance to get close to your favorite artists, such as Jack Johnson and Modest Mouse. Photo Credit: Olga Khvan

The 2014 Lineup

This year’s lineup contains artists such as Death Cab for Cutie, Jack Johnson, Modest Mouse, Brand New, and Jenny Lewis—and those are just the names at the top of the list!

Now, before you pull out your The Moon & Antarctica T-shirt or start boning up on the lyrics on Deja Entendu, take the time to appreciate the nuances in the Boston Calling 2014 lineup.

On Friday, get your festival experience started with Jack Johnson, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Cass McCombs. Their sweet harmonic tunes are the perfect way to welcome back Boston Calling and ease the crowd into the three-day rager.

Saturday’s the big day—let the long festival days begin! Headlining that night is Death Cab for Cutie, so make sure you have energy left at the end of the day to sing along with Ben Gibbard and the band.

The Decemberists were recently named as Saturday’s second-billed act, (I had my fingers crossed for Pixies, but this is a solid alternative), and this will also be the day to see Jenny Lewis (a cameo with DCFC to do some Postal Service tunes seems a natural), The Head and the Heart, The Neighbourhood, and Magic Man, just to name a few.

Boston Calling 2014’s last day, Sunday, will see big dogs Modest Mouse and Brand New stealing the show. While you’re waiting for these two bands, you can catch Phosphorescent, Built to Spill, and Kurt Vile. Feel the music in your bones with Tegan and Sara, and get ready to rock out to wrap up the last day of the festival.

Quickly becoming a staple of our city, Crash Line Productions‘ Boston Calling is changing the way Boston’s music scene is viewed, and we finally have a festival to call our own.

Crash Line has also unveiled the lineup for the autumn edition of Boston Calling, scheduled for Labor Day weekend. Check it out here and decide if you’ll go now, then, or to both!

See you there!

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