Bad Rabbits launch inaugural Boston Calling

Rain didn’t keep fans away from attending the inaugural Boston Calling.
Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff
Rain didn’t keep fans away from attending the inaugural Boston Calling.

Rain be damned. Bad Rabbits hit the stage to launch the inaugural Boston Calling music festival, and the drops stopped — if only temporarily.

Weather aside, the transformation of City Hall Plaza into a festival site is pretty impressive. Two stages, various vending areas, a sheltered VIP enclave are all part of the footprint.

There was plenty of space to get up close to the bands during the early goings as rain poured over Boston.


Effervescent pop duo Matt & Kim then whipped the festival into a geek dance frenzy and kept cheering on the crowd’s grit in dealing with the weather.

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They also handed out a number of balloons for fans to blow up, which they did and then launched them, creating a colorful spectacle against the gray skies.

The one-two punch of Marina and the Diamonds and Fun. provided a frenetic finale to the first day.

Marina’s powerhouse voice and pure command of the stage hooked the audience, and Fun. closed the night with a colorful splash of feel-good pop.

Boston Calling resumes tomorrow, starting with local act Caspian on the main stage at 1:30.

This was originally posted on’s Boston by Beat blog.