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Home Field Advantage: 32nd annual Mayfair lineup is one hell of a Boston music festival

 

Everyone complains that Boston doesn’t have its own homegrown music festival — this year’s Mayfair might just be the answer.

​​The Harvard Square Business Association this morning announced Mayfair’s May 3 music lineup lineup, and it’s a doozy: The Sheila Divine, Freezepop, Bent Shapes, M’Bolo, Air Traffic Controller, Hallelujah The Hills, Grey Season, the Luxury, Vundabar, Funeral Advantage, Parks, and the Novel Ideas all shape up a pretty killer event. And it’s free.

“This year we upped the ante by tapping into one of the best resources available in Harvard Square for identifying local talent,” says Denise Jillson, executive director of the HSBA. “We’ve partnered with The Sinclair!”

 
 

The bands were hand-picked by Bowery Boston, and the event does down the streets around the Sinclair’s Church Street location.

Says Josh Bhatti, head of the Bowery Presents’ Boston office: “Being able to combine our passion for the vibrancy of both Harvard Square and the Boston music scene is such an honor. We’re excited to showcase a variety of some of the best music in the city at this celebrated event that ushers in the fair weather season.”

The fine print: Mayfair runs from noon until 6 p.m., and “is free, family-friendly and open to the public!” There will be more announcements in the coming weeks about artists, vendors, and other stuff, but in the meantime, the music lineup is pretty top-shelf.

 
 

More info can be found at harvardsquare.com.

Here’s the full lineup, with set times and location:

MASS AVE. STAGE – located in front of The Out of Town News Kiosk
5PM-5:45 The Sheila Divine
4PM-4:45 Freezepop
3PM-3:45 Bent Shapes
2PM-2:45 M’Bolo
1PM-1:45 The Luxury
12PM-12:45 Funeral Advantage

CHURCH ST. STAGE – located in the Church Street Parking Lot
5PM-5:45 Air Traffic Controller
4PM-4:45 Hallelujah The Hills
3PM-3:45 Parks
2PM-2:45 The Novel Ideas
1PM-1:45 Vundabar
12PM-12:45 Grey Season