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Boston Calling Day One: Luke Hemmings, David Kushner, Renee Rapp, and Ed Sheeran.

Boston Calling Day One kicks off at Harvard Athletic Complex.
Olivia Reid
Luke Hemings takes over the Green Stage. Photo by Olivia Reid/ Photography Editor.
Renee Rapp laughing on the Green Stage at Boston Calling. Photo by Olivia Reid/ Photography Editor. (Olivia Reid)

Boston Calling Weekend kicked off with a bang as fans excitedly buzzed through the gates at 1 p.m. The day was filled with incredible performances from Madi Diaz, Beach Weather, Luke Hemmings, David Kushner, Renee Rapp, Young the Giant, and the incomparable Ed Sheeran.


Madi Diaz took to the Green Stage at 2 p.m., captivating the audience with her enchanting vocals and heartfelt lyrics. Against the backdrop of the festival grounds, Diaz’s performance created a serene yet invigorating atmosphere, setting the tone for an afternoon filled with musical magic. Fans swayed to the rhythm of her melodies, soaking in every moment of her captivating set. Diaz’s presence on stage was a highlight of the day, leaving a lasting impression on all fortunate enough to witness her talent in person.


Beach Weather graced the Red Stage at 3 p.m., directly across from the Green Stage, infusing the festival with infectious energy and catchy tunes. As they took the stage, the frontman reminisced about their earlier experiences attending the festival as fans recounted a humorous anecdote about having their belongings confiscated by security. This lighthearted moment they had endeared the band to the audience, creating a sense of camaraderie as they launched into their set. With their upbeat melodies and engaging stage presence, Beach Weather performed with fans dancing and singing along, making it a memorable highlight of the day’s lineup.


At 3:55 p.m., the Green Stage was set ablaze with excitement as Luke Hemmings, the Australian heartthrob and frontman of the chart-topping band 5 Seconds of Summer, took center stage. The anticipation among the crowd reached a fever pitch as fans eagerly awaited his arrival. As the first chords resonated through the air, the atmosphere crackled with energy, and a roar of approval erupted from the crowd. Hemmings’ magnetic presence commanded the stage, effortlessly captivating the audience with his mesmerizing vocals and charismatic performance.

The crowd’s reaction was nothing short of euphoric, with waves of cheers and applause reverberating throughout the festival grounds. Fans surged forward, their enthusiasm palpable as they sang along to every lyric, their voices blending harmoniously with Hemmings’ own. Against the backdrop of the setting sun, Hemmings’ performance became a transcendent experience, transporting both artist and audience to a place where time seemed to stand still.


The Green stage became a canvas for storytelling as Renee Rapp took her place under the festival lights. With raw emotion, she embarked on a journey through her life, inviting the audience to join her on a profoundly personal exploration of her past, present, and future. Renee Rapp’s performance transcended mere entertainment, becoming a cathartic experience for both the artist and the audience. Her words were a beacon of hope (much like Bobby Beacon), a reminder that even in the face of adversity, there is power in embracing one’s truth and owning one’s story. She included many of her hits during her set such as ‘Not My Fault’, ‘I Hate Boston’ , and others. After ‘I Hate Boston’, she told the audience that her feelings have changed during her time here for the festival. 


Headliner Ed Sheeran performing during his set. Photo by Olivia Reid/ Photography Editor. (Olivia Reid)

Ed Sheeran, the maestro of Day One, brought the night to a close with his headline set. Sheeran opened with the haunting chords of ‘Castle on the Hill,’ a nostalgic anthem that whisked the audience away. From ‘Shape of You’ to ‘Photograph,’ Sheeran’s performance was a masterclass in storytelling, his lyrics painting vibrant pictures of life, love, and everything in between. His intimate interactions with the audience added a personal touch, leaving a deep impression on the fans. 



Day one of Boston Calling Weekend was a whirlwind of excitement and unforgettable performances. From Madi Diaz’s enchanting vocals to Luke Hemmings’ magnetic presence and Ed Sheeran’s captivating storytelling, the day was filled with incredible music and memorable moments. With two more days of festivities ahead, the anticipation for what’s to come is palpable, but day one will always hold a special place in the hearts of all who were there to experience it.


About the Contributor
Olivia Reid, Photo Editor