After a three-year wait, spectators return to Harvard Athletic Complex for Boston Calling 2022 this weekend. More than 50 artists will perform at the three-day festival, including headliners Nine Inch Nails, The Strokes and Metallica.
Boston.com staff will be on hand all weekend, providing the latest festival news. We’ll have updates on performance, food, fashion, and everything else happening over the next three days.
Nine Inch Nails wow the crowd and tease Saturday’s second set
9:17 a.m., Saturday
It was a rocking evening. Featured band Nine Inch Nails gave an electric performance, while lead singer Trent Reznor commented on The Strokes’ withdrawal from the festival, due to a COVID result. He talked about the unexpected turn of events and the fact that Nine Inch Nails will be back to perform on Saturday night.
“We are very happy to be here with you tonight and to share this moment with you. We are truly sorry for the conditions that brought us to be here. Along with our friends the Foo Fighters, our thoughts are with them,” Reznor said “I was sitting backstage and freaking out, because we’re not even supposed to be here tonight. Now, I don’t know if you heard, but we’re here tomorrow night. I don’t know if it’s COVID – sitting around the house for years – but being in front of a group of people I feel freaked out. But what we didn’t expect was an audience like this.
He added: “The thing [I have] is either getting old, or what happened with COVID, or it’s this relentless stream of endless bad news that seems to be happening all the time – people dying, guns and disease. It made me very grateful for the moments that kick ass.
The Nine Inch Nails set featured pounding drums and punchy beats, as the audience cheered and danced to the music. They performed hits such as “Closer”, “The Perfect Drug” and “Head Like a Hole”. Fans in the crowd were also excited about the performance.
“I love Trent Reznor and I’ve loved Nine Inch Nails since I was in college,” Sarah Zakaria said. She added that what she loves about the band is “The music, the emotion of the lyrics and the way Reznor has branched out over the years, making movies and soundtracks.”
Another fan said she thought the concert had “good vibes”. A participant watching the show commented on Reznor’s legacy, while adding that she would like to know more about Nine Inch Nails.
“I know Trent Reznor is a hugely influential figure in music. His band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” said Kathleen Gauder. She added, “Seeing them now makes me want to experience their music a little deeper.”
Strokes cancel Boston Calling 2022 headliner due to COVID outcome
The Strokes, who were scheduled to headline Saturday night at Boston Calling 2022, will no longer appear at the festival due to a positive COVID-19 test.
Instead of The Strokes, Friday’s headliner Nine Inch Nails will play a second set as the headliner on Saturday night.
“Due to a positive case of COVID in The Strokes, which was scheduled to headline Saturday, May 28, the band will no longer be able to perform at the Festival,” the festival wrote in a Friday night press release. “Tonight’s headliner, Nine Inch Nails, will headline a second set on Saturday, May 28 in place of The Strokes, and we are extremely grateful to them for stepping in for what is sure to be another electrifying performance at Boston Calling.
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Boston Calling 2022 kicks off in style
8:40 p.m., Friday
Punk princess Avril Lavigne took to the Delta Airlines blue stage to sing both old favorites and new songs. The concert took off with tracks like “Bite Me”, classics like “Complicated” and “Sk8er Boi” and “Love It When You Hate Me”. Lavigne put on a take for her recent album, “Love Sux,” which was released last February. She welcomed artist Mod Sun on stage with her to perform together singing “Flames.”
“I’ve been a fan of his older songs, his classic albums for a long time,” said Patrick, who was in the audience. “She was one of the first things that brought me to music.”
7:08 p.m., Friday
Haim played their hits, from “The Wire” to “Gasoline.” As a cheering crowd danced to their tunes, the sisters declared their love for the city of Boston. One fan, Bethany K. from Boston, told us about her excitement for the band and for the next act, Avril Lavigne, to be released at 7:40 p.m.
“I have never seen them. They move really hard, and they are three incredible women who completely dominate their space. I’m really happy to see them today, and I’m also excited for Avril,” said Bethany. “It’s amazing to see her come back and be so popular, so good. I don’t know much about her new stuff, but I love her as an artist. I appreciate the hell out of her. … It’s great to see artists coming back.
5:50 p.m., Friday
After a three-year absence, Boston Calling made its triumphant return to the Harvard Athletic Complex on Friday.
Around 4 p.m., the crowds were larger than they were at 4 p.m. on the first day of the 2019 festival. afternoon (including The Struts, Mob Rich and Paris Texas), or a combination of the two was unclear. What was clear was that fans were more than ready for Boston Calling’s return.
Everything you need to know for Boston Calling 2022
Considering that three whole years have passed since the last Boston Calling, Boston Calling new and veteran attendees alike may need a refresher on the ins and outs of the annual festival.
To help you get the most out of your Boston Calling 2022 experience, we’ve put together a guide to what you need to know before attending the festival this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Click here to find more information on some of the best artists to see, the best food at Boston Calling 2022, rules on what not to bring to the festival, transportation logistics, COVID-19 rules, and Moreover.
A timeline of cancellations, lineup changes and lost revenue that led to Boston Calling 2022
It’s been an eventful time between Boston Calling 2019 and this year’s edition for the festival, which is owned by Madison Square Garden Entertainment (MSGE). The COVID-19 pandemic scuttled any chance of hosting an event in 2020 and 2021, resulting in an estimated $10.6 million in lost revenue for the company in 2020 alone, according to reports. on the results.
Even when live music began to pick up again, the festival faced the added difficulty of replacing its original three headliners, scrambling to find suitable replacements on short notice.
Despite all that, the festival returns this weekend, with over 50 artists, new headliners, a solid lineup of food, and plenty of local artists.
Read on to see the full timeline of events leading up to Boston Calling 2022.
Here are the 20 local bands to see at the Boston Calling 2022
Boston Calling 2022 will have its most local acts ever, featuring 20 artists with New England ties.
We wanted to introduce you to local programming, many of which are based in Boston. Twelve will perform on the new Tivoli Audio Orange stage, and all local musicians will play Boston Calling for the first time.
There’s Oompa, a Roxbury-born rapper who got her start as a slam poet, and there’s Miranda Rae, a Cambridge-born R&B singer. There’s Boston indie rock duo Aaron and the Lord and alternative rock band Paper Tigers.
Click here for our guide to all the local New England bands playing Boston Calling 2022.
Tacos, lobster rolls and ‘cheeky waffles’: Here’s Boston Calling’s 2022 food and drink lineup
After looking at the Boston Calling 2022 food and drink lineup, one thing is for sure: no one at the festival goes hungry on Memorial Day weekend.
A total of 30 local eateries, food trucks and eateries will serve a variety of cuisines at this year’s festival, which returns to the Harvard Athletic Complex May 27-29.
Many holdovers from previous festivals (and the postponed 2020 festival) will participate, including Tasty Burger, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese and Chicken and Rice Guys. In addition, 10 restaurants will debut at the festival, including Greek restaurant GreCo and Jewish delicatessen Mamaleh’s.
Fancy a fried chicken sandwich? Direction the Walloons. Looking for tacos? Try El Pelon Taqueria. Want some typical New England food? Lobster Proper will have a variety of lobster rolls.
Click here for the full Boston Calling 2022 food and drink lineup.
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