Boston Calling Music Festival is a two-day hit with crowds

Saturday performers included (clockwise from top left): lead singer Nate Ruess of Fun., singer Marina Diamandis of Marina and the Diamonds, and Matt & Kim.
Saturday performers included (clockwise from top left): lead singer Nate Ruess of Fun., singer Marina Diamandis of Marina and the Diamonds, and Matt & Kim.Photos by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

This is a summary. To read the whole story subscribe to BostonGlobe.com

If only one image captured the spirit of the inaugural Boston Calling Music Festival, it happened toward the end of Sunday night. Matt Berninger, frontman for the National, was in the middle of a blistering set with his bandmates, when suddenly he walked out into the sea of cheering fans, estimated at 19,500 people, on City Hall Plaza.

Here was this nattily dressed New York indie rocker in a suit and jacket snaking his way through a crowd dotted with Red Sox caps and wide smiles that made it obvious: A two-day rock festival in the heart of Boston is an excellent idea.

The event was such a success that organizers announced another installment of the festival will take over City Hall again on Sept. 7-8.

Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.

Get the full story with unlimited access to BostonGlobe.com.

Just 99 cents for four weeks.

Share