Over the past year, the conversation around major pop music festivals has started to change. Established fests like Sasquatch and FYF called it quits following dwindling ticket sales. Fyre Festival was a short-lived symbol of superficial extravagance before becoming an extravagant failure. Woodstock 50 almost fell through due to shaky funding, only to be rescued by an investment bank. Very rock 'n' roll.

But for festivalgoers seeking three days of peace, music, and brand activations, Boston Calling still stands. Now in its third year at the Harvard Athletic Complex, it has settled into its new turf and sprawled to make more comfortable use of the grounds, but that more established footing also shows that it’s reached an awkward phase. In its final years at City Hall Plaza, its combination of stacked lineups and a much smaller, could-not-be-more-Bostonian setting grounded it with a clear identity. Since moving to Harvard and expanding, it’s lost some of that personality while making firm moves to join the ranks of major corporate festivals like Governor’s Ball and Firefly. [WBUR]

The 2019 edition of Boston Calling wrapped up on Sunday (5/26) with sets from Travis Scott, Kilo Kish, Brandi Carlile, Sheck Wes, SOB X RBE, Ravyn Lenae, Snail Mail, Cautious Clay, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, and more. Check out pictures from the whole day in the gallery above, and catch up on the rest of our coverage of the festival with pictures from Friday HERE and Saturday HERE.


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