The lead singer of Coral Moons put it best: “Last year we got rained out at this festival, but this year the sun is fucking shining.” Boston Calling day two was high energy, high heat, and filled with bands equally as enthusiastic as the audience.
A non-stop river of fans flowed through Harvard Stadium on Saturday, May 27 for the second day of the 2023 Boston Calling Festival. The Twisted Tea was flowing, and fans showed no sophomore slump following day one as far as energy and hype were concerned. The four stages covered a wide range of genres from the intimate yet grungy main stage appearance of Joy Oladokun, to the psychedelic and funk infused set from Mt. Joy, to the art-rock extravaganza of The Flaming Lips. But leading up to these headliners were some standout appearances on the smaller stages.
Afternoon headbangers: Welshly Arms
On the Blue Stage, Welshly Arms rocked a headbanging afternoon crowd. With the sun beating down on the audience, the band increased the temperature even more with heavy breakdowns, behind-the-back guitar solos, and a surprise cover of Rage Against The Machine’s “Bulls on Parade” which got the crowd positively electrified. The backing vocalists stole the spotlight, receiving much love from the audience for their excellent stage presence and tasty harmonies.
Love For Local: Coral Moons
Coral Moons performed on the Tivoli Orange Stage to a close-knit crowd who knew every lyric. Arguably the synth-iest band of the whole day, the Boston-based band created a warm atmosphere that permeated the whole stage. They had a bedroom-pop aesthetic, with heartfelt and expressive lyrics, that nonetheless rocked hard. The bass player, a gentle giant on the stage, kept things grooving, ornamented with smooth licks appreciated by all. The band connected wholesomely with the fans, who were clearly close followers, and the atmosphere in the air was one of love and warmth, which the band nailed down through standout songs such as “Shrooms.”