Day two of Boston was a drastic change from day one in terms of weather, gone were the grey skies and spotty showers and in was sunlight and warm temps. Hip hop once again had a strong showing early in the day, and later in the day it was folk rock that took over as the day wore on. On the Blue Stage things went awry a bit when Russ who was supposed to play a 2pm set, showed up at 2:45 to an anxiously awaiting crowd. But Russ settled right in and despite demands from festival organizers to shorten his set, went on to play his full set.
Over on the Red Stage indie rockers Oh Wonder put on an upbeat, sunny day set full of smiles and positive attitudes. Their cheery demeanor rubbed off the crowd who seemed to be in more positive spirits with some of the festival lines being more manageable. Back over at the Blue Stage rapper Danny Brown put on one of the best day time sets of the whole weekend. The crowd swelled to big numbers for Brown’s set and his aggressive brand of hip hop got some mosh pits stirring while he was moving through his setlist.
Tegan and Sara had perhaps one of the best fan loyalty showings of the weekend on the red stage as their fans packed in and sang along to nearly every word of their set. The pop duo who played Boston Calling in 2014 while in City Hall Plaza has grown even more since then and honestly could have pulled off headline duties on the Red Stage. Folk legend Brandi Carlile brought a little taste of Newport Folk Festival to Boston Calling with a beautiful midday set perfectly complimented by the weather.
Blue stage headliners The 1975 were one of the weekend’s most anticipated acts, and much like Tegan and Sara had a strong showing of loyal fans. Fans had camped out at the blue stage all afternoon to have a good spot for the moment when The 1975 came on, and as their intro track in the crowd went into hysterics. The 1975 played a lot of material from their 2016 album “I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful, Yet So Unaware Of It” including the love anthem “Loving Someone” and the radio hit “The Sound” they had their full stage production of LED screens and frames hanging from above their stage. Frontman Matty Healy was as eccentric as always, drawing eyes to him for the whole set as a true frontman should.
The night was capped by a big time performance from Mumford and Sons playing a large catalog of songs from their vast body of work. Their show included pyrotechnics and confetti and an impressive light show that one would not typically expect from a folk rock band. Their set also included and all star jam with Brandi Carlile and Nathaniel Rateliff to play the Beatles classic “With A Little Help From My Friends.” Their set was big in production but fell a little behind in content as there wasn’t a ton of new material to draw from and their debut album got a lot of play.
As a whole day two was a big improvement from day one logistically as things began to take shape at Boston Calling. The lines were more manageable and getting in and out of the festival was easier with staggered arrival times rather than the rush hour crush of Friday. All in all day two was a pretty positive experience for those involved.