As each passing day is accompanied by longer spells of sunlight, the transformation from the chilly New England spring to the cherished hot summer months ensues. As students finalize their summer plans, news of internships, volunteer trips, and family vacations can be heard across campus.
However, before the month of June summons responsibilities and busy schedules, crowds will enter the gates of Harvard University's Athletic Complex for three days of music, food, and comedy. Now moved to a far more spacious location, the fourth annual Boston Calling Music Festival will be bigger and better than ever before.
The previously announced incorporation of a film showcase curated by Natalie Portman was recently rescheduled for a future edition of the festival. In its place, the festival will feature the Hannibal Buress' comedy festival. In addition to Buress, comedians Pete Holmes, Tig Notaro, Eugene Mirman, Lamont Price, Phoebe Robinson, Kate Berlant, and John Early, Kelly MacFarland, Jordan Rock, Bethany Van Delft, Josh Johnson, and Nick Chambers will be gracing the stage. Hosted by the Bright-Landry Hockey Center at Harvard, the festival will feature four acts a day over the three day period.
Other festivals like Gov Ball, Firefly, Atlantic City Music Festival, Electric Zoo, and Big Barrel Country music festival will be greeted by loyal attendees. While there are a myriad of summer music festivals scattered along the east coast, Boston Calling has entered a new playing field. By incorporating comedy and a greater variety of vendors, the festival is bound to bring together larger audiences and invoke critique and conversation among festival goers. The larger locale has further allowed for a broadened lineup that appeals to the varied interests of festival attendees.
Headlined by Chance the Rapper, Mumford & Sons, and Tool, the 2017 festival will occur on Memorial Day weekend.
For a full line-up and look into the various musical acts that will be performing, click here.