Post by bearwrestler on Jan 15, 2014 14:45:42 GMT -5
Hey friends! Just figured now that lineup season is in full swing, Boston Calling 2014 should have it's own thread.
Will any Inforoo folks be there? I moved to Boston last September and the festival was my first weekend here. Vampire Weekend in City Hall Plaza was special for me. I bought early bird tickets for this Spring already.
Dates: May 23-25, 2014
Any speculation on the lineup? Outkast seems likely for any and every festival at this stage of the game. Randomly, I also noticed that in the Bonnaroo confirmation thread someone got a Roo denial from Kurt Vile's agent but got a yes on Boston Calling, so I guess we have our first "confirmation."
Also: How did people feel about last year's fest(s) in general? I saw the old threads here, but didn't notice any followup after the festival. I really enjoyed the lineup for what it was and thought they did a good job scheduling, and the stages at opposite ends worked really well.
Post by davidbyrnesbutler on Jan 15, 2014 14:55:14 GMT -5
I'll probably be there. Did not go to either one last year but know a few people who went. They said it's a great little festival if you want to spend a day or two in the city. I think it's great that they have local bands and national bands play. The location is pretty good too as it's hard to find an open space in the city. Since they have bands like fun. and Passion Pit play I think this spring their is a good chance to see Foster the People. Their new album will be released and would put on a good show. I hope this year they try and put on some good aftershows at Paradise, HoB, or Brighton Music Hall. I think those shows would sell out easily. Might want to put the dates (5/23-5/25) in the thread title.
I went to one day, expectations were low and turns out I had a blast. Both musically (the National were on their game) and organizationally (festival did a good job pulling it off). I'd go again, lineup dependent.
Regarding the lineup, they said today via facebook that it would be out "at the end of the month".
Jul 7: Steely Dan / Steve Winwood (Mansfield MA) Jul 16: Hall & Oates / Sharon Jones (Mansfield MA) Jul 17: Paul McCartney (Boston) Jul 22-24: Newport Folk Aug 19: Ghostland Observatory (Philly) Aug 20: Prophets of Rage (Camden NJ) Sept 24: Copenhagen Beer Celebration (Boston) Oct 20: Die Antwoord (Boston)
Post by theimportance on Jan 18, 2014 12:16:24 GMT -5
I volunteered at the fall one and it was alright. Really enjoyed seeing Bat For Lashes and Vampire Weekend were fun but the line-ups are never overly impressive. Considering its three days this year, I'm hoping they've upped their game and got some really great acts that haven't just played Boston a few months prior. Beck is popping up on a few festival line-ups, here's hoping he headlines so I can finally see him!
Is it really worth it? I feel like it would feel pretty cramped, and lacking in facilities for that long of a show. WFNX put on a free concert (at city hall plaza) a few years back and it was meh.
Y'know, the logistics are a lot better than I expected. Placing a stage at two different ends and staggering set times actually make it flow very well. They didn't have any free water at the fall edition, which seemed like it should violate some sort of code or something (especially since they love their legislation up here).
I don't know that I'd ever encourage anyone to come from more than a few hours away...heck, I probably would not have liked it as much if I didn't have "home field advantage," but for my circumstances I was pleasantly surprised. It definitely isn't Roo (I actually think even Lolla and Coach couldn't possibly be as good of an experience because no camping, no late night)....but the price is pretty reasonable, so it's a nice weekend. The downtown backdrop is a big draw for me. Having Roo sub-headliners as their headliners is obviously just the standard we'd expect from something this size, so if they get ambitious, that's just a huge bonus.
PS: Does anybody think that maybe Death Cab playing in non-NYC New York (which I would assume isn't a major venue) might signal the possibility of swooping into Boston for a headlining slot? I'd be pretty excited about it.
Yeah, they did a better job than what I expected, logistics wise. Schedule, placement of stages, portos, etc.
I stayed with a friend for the first one last year that was a ten minute walk away. That made the the festival totally worth it. In the fall, I went with a friend who lives in Worcester... ehh. Just barely worth it. In order for me to go again, I'd definitely have to stay local (and the lineup will have to be good as well, of course).
I'd do that scavenger hunt with you, emoney, if I was closer!
If you want to take part in the "Find the Vinyl" scavenger hunt to score a pair of three-day general admission tickets, here are all the details, courtesy of Boston Calling:
Boston Calling has designed ten vinyl records with the lineup scripted on the record and special edition 2014 artwork on the sleeve.
The records will be hidden at key landmarks and hot spots throughout the city between 8pm and 12am on Monday January 27, 2014. All records will be planted by 12am.
10 clues will be shared via Boston Calling’s Facebook and Twitter on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 3:30pm as to where each of the records is hidden. Social media addresses to follow are boston_Calling on Twitter and Facebook
The first participants to post a photo of any one of the 10 records to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the #bostoncalling will win a pair of three-day General Admission tickets to Boston Calling.
Boston Calling’s “Find the Vinyl” runs from Monday night, January 27 until Tuesday January 28, 2014 at 12pm. Participants must find their vinyl and post a photo of it on social media with the #bostoncalling by 12pm Tuesday January 28, 2014. The contest is limited to 10 winners, one per record. Records are not redeemable for cash or for re-sale. The contest is in no way associated with or sponsored, administered or endorsed by Facebook.
Post by bearwrestler on Jan 27, 2014 17:00:16 GMT -5
Yeah...I dunno luckily I don't have much going on, so I might just ride the T down and troll around. I'm hoping not too many people are on board for this. It's probably better if they don't post clues so fewer people will go looking....I could probably guess where they'd put the records.
Post by davidbyrnesbutler on Jan 27, 2014 19:13:53 GMT -5
Imagine if Boston Calling gets Outkast. It would work as a Boston tour date and be great press for BC. I think that's the best we could get as a headliner. Outkast really needs to step up their game if they are going to play 40 fests this year.
Outkast-Jack Johnson-Imagine Dragons The 1975-Bastille-Zedd-Of Montreal
Post by davidbyrnesbutler on Jan 27, 2014 21:20:43 GMT -5
Jack Johnson-Death Cab-Modest Mouse
Definitely not buying a three day but I could see myself going the day Modest Mouse plays.
Edit: Here's the rest of the lineup.
Edward Sharpe Bastille The Head and the Heart Tegan and Sara Frank Turner Jenny Lewis The Neighborhood Walk Off The Earth Phosphorescent Built to Spill Kurt Vile Warpaint Cass McCombs The Districts Tigerman Woah Magic Man