Boston Calling organizers released the set times for all three days of the Memorial Day weekend festival on Thursday, and it looks like fans are going to face some tough choices.
In previous years, the festival only had two music stages and no set times overlapped, letting concertgoers pivot from one stage to the next with ease. This year—the festival’s first at the Harvard Athletic Complex—there will be three music stages and a comedy arena, leading to more than a few overlapping set times.
Chicago hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper and Icelandic experimental rockers Sigur Ros will play simultaneous sets from 9:20 p.m. to 10:50 p.m. to close out the first night of the festival, Friday, May 26. Earlier that day, indie pop duo Sylvan Esso and lo-fi rock band Car Seat Headrest will face the same problem. On Sunday, May 28, electronic music trio Major Lazer and alternative rock legends Weezer will both play from 8 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., and fans of both hip-hop duo Run the Jewels and indie rockers Wolf Parade will be disappointed to see that the groups’ sets run from 5:50 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., respectively.
Overall, festival organizers mostly managed to stagger artists’ start times, but fans may have to choose between leaving some sets early or missing the beginnings of others. Also of note: Chance, Sigur Ros, and Sunday headliner Tool each have 90-minute sets, while Saturday’s headliner, Mumford & Sons, has a full two hours, the longest set of the entire festival.
Fans weren’t too happy about some of the overlapping shows, mostly the Chance-Sigur Ros scheduling:
— Laura (@lauraxxjean) May 11, 2017
But like… why would @Boston_Calling make me choose between Chance the Rapper and Sigur Ros?
— Eric Crumrine (@ECrumrine) May 11, 2017
— dani@Boston Calling (@DearHOA) May 11, 2017
blarghhh i have to choose btwn Sigur Ros and Chance the Rapper. I haven't seen either live… https://t.co/trI5D8Gc7V
— Jonathan Pardo (@FirstChairSax) May 11, 2017
All of the set times can be seen in the image below.
Update: Boston Calling announced Thursday night that Migos will replace Solange in her 6:45 p.m. performance time slot on Friday. “Unfortunately, Solange is unable to perform due to production delays and and complications beyond her control,” Boston Calling said in a tweet. Solange also tweeted about the change, writing, “I’m really really sorry/sad about this but I fought hard to only give u my best, & tons of production drama/delays got all up in the way:(,” and, “I’m coming back though to do a one off show. Making it my mission. I will give it, and you my all.”