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Day 2 recap: A different vibe at Boston Calling on Sunday

Posted by Emily Wright  September 8, 2013 09:31 PM

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The genre of artists performing on Sunday varied from EDM (Major Lazer and Wolfgang Gartner), to indie-dance-pop (Royal Teeth, Passion Pit), and hip-hop (Kendrick Lamar, Flosstradamus), so it was only fitting that the energy from the crowd Sunday night was very different than Saturday's vibe (performers on day 1 included Vampire Weekend, The Airborne Toxic Event, and Gaslight Anthem, all rockers, some with genres in the indie arena).

But the crowd was still passionate. The audience in front of the Major Lazer stage appeared to be one of the largest for a daytime performer on either day of the festival. Hands stayed in the air throughout Kendrick Lamar's performance, which started earlier than it's 7:45 p.m. scheduled time.

Everything seemed a bit more laid back Sunday night as well. Could it have been because the vendors and attendees were seasoned at navigating the vast City Hall Plaza urban terrain? Or because it was a cooler, windier evening? We aren't sure, but we enjoyed the more relaxed atmosphere.

The beer gardens (there was one next to each stage) stayed full of attendees throughout the evening, emptying out more once the sun set. At that time, lines were less out of control for the food vendors, including the fried dough truck that pumped out batches of the fried confection into the evening.

Did you go to Boston Calling this weekend? What was your favorite performance? Did you have a good time, or think the festival could have been improved? Let us know in the comments.

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