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After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, music fans have once again returned to Harvard University's athletic complex in Allston for Boston Calling. The three-day event featured over 50 performances from big-name acts like Nine Inch Nails and Metallica, to Boston favorites like Cliff Notez and Oompa.
The Strokes also planned to headline, but the band canceled its Saturday set due to a positive COVID-19 case. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard also canceled with a COVID case. A storm Saturday afternoon paused the festival, canceling the acts of a few musicians including Frances Forever, Sudan Archives and Ali McGuirk.
In addition to the hand sanitizing stations scattered throughout the festival grounds, another new element was a fourth stage showcasing 12 acts with regional and local ties. This was in response to the struggle for local artists and musicians during the pandemic, festival co-founder and CEO Brian Appel told WBUR's Andrea Shea. "As this industry comes back to life, anything that we can do to create more opportunity is where we're putting our efforts.”
Here are some images from the festival:
Sunday, May 29
Saturday, May 28
Friday, May 27
This article was originally published on May 27, 2022.