We are now officially a week away from the next Boston Calling Music Festival, so it’s high time to start planning out a few routines and making mental notes on how it’s all going to play out. Posted below are the set times for the September 5 to 7 music fest deep in the concrete jungle of City Hall Plaza, but first, here are a few things to note:
1. Based on our tastes and interests, this year’s Friday slate is a huge improvement over May’s opening night (Jack Johnson, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Cass McCombs), so this is now legitimately a three-day music festival. The David Letterman-approvedFuture Islands kick things off at 6:45 p.m., followed by Neutral Milk Hotel (8 p.m.) and inaugural Boston Calling headlines and co-curators the National (9:30 p.m.).
2.Lorde is not headlining Saturday’s slate, instead going on at 8:15 p.m. before rapper Childish Gambino. Interesting sequence, but at that point in the day/night, who the hell cares?
3. We very much recommend seeing homegrown electro-pop trio St. Nothing, the winners of a SonicBids competition to play the fest, at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday. Read our interview with St. Nothing’s Marco Lawrence here, from back in May when we told you they’d be huge.