"The biggest change we made was looking at how people go from stage to stage," says Brian Appel of Crash Line Productions, one of the Boston Calling producers.
Artistically, the fest hit its bullseye, Appel says, and looks forward to doing more Boston Callings that emulate the new-music vibe of this first lineup.
Appel praises The National's Aaron Dessner as a Boston Calling curator, saying that the festival wanted to keep a tight focus on contemporary indie rock.
"Having Aaron involved, we knew we'd keep the focus on the here and now," says Appel, but adds the particular "here and nows" presented on Day 1 were instrumental in keeping the capacity crowd engaged despite the dreary weather conditions that blanketed the two-stage, outdoor event.
"The feedback we got on Matt and Kim was phenomenal. They took the festival to the next level. And when Fun. said it was the best show of their lives, people just went nuts," Appel says. (It's true, I saw that)
People arriving today will notice small adjustments to the way traffic is steered through the beer garden and between the stages.
Meh; You go to a festival of nearly 20,000 people, crowds are part of the game. It was better hearing him articulate the vision for Boston Calling.
"We try to catch lightning in a bottle," Appel says. (And that definitely happened yesterday with Portugal.The Man. My only gripe was that James Mercer either needs Red Bull infusions or the Shins should be presented on the smaller, more intimate stage. Just sayin'.)
Boston Calling continues Sunday with The National, Young the Giant, Of Monsters and Men, Andrew Bird, and others.
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