Attendees are complaining about Boston Calling’s long lines

A large crowd converges on the Boston Calling comedy arena prior to a set from Hannibal Buress on Saturday. Kevin Slane/

Boston Calling’s first festival held at the Harvard Athletic Complex has had its high points. A gorgeous Saturday let concertgoers take great photos from atop the festival’s Ferris wheel. High-profile acts like Chance the Rapper, Mumford & Sons, and Sigur Ros delivered electrifying sets. And the food vendors offered a fun mix of dishes, including lobster rolls, steak, and the outrageous BBQ Bomb.

But the festival has had a few problems with long lines, whether it be waiting for bathrooms, food, or simply getting into the festival itself.

On day one of the festival, the major culprit was the long lines to get into the festival grounds, which peaked as the Friday after-work crowd made their way to lower Allston.


People reported waiting anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes to get in, prompting the festival to announce that it was “making adjustments” Saturday morning, and that they would “learn from Day one.”

The lines were universally better on Saturday, especially in terms of getting into the festival. But the lines to try the festival’s numerous food vendors were uncomfortably long starting at around 5 p.m., with users on social media reporting waiting for more than an hour, and sometimes finding out as they approached the front of the line that the restaurant they were waiting for was out of food.

Others complained about the sanitary state of the festival, citing overflowing piles of trash and unsanitary bathrooms.

Festival organizers tried to remedy some of these problems as well, tweeting out the locations of bathrooms farther away from the main thoroughfare and recommending people sync their concert wristbands with their credit or debit cards for a quick, cashless experience at food and drink vendors.

With tens of thousands of attendees, it’s natural that Boston Calling — or any other major music festival — might some issues with long lines. Concertgoers who made an effort to buy food at non-peak hours and visit less busy bathrooms probably had a relatively hassle-free festival. But for those who didn’t, the Boston Calling experience left something to be desired.


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