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11am - 4pm

NICE, a fest takes place at Somerville’s Crystal Ballroom and The Rockwell from Thursday, July 28 through Saturday, July 30.


I wrote about the festival when it was announced back in April. It’s a new local music festival and for the inaugural edition it boasts close to 50 Boston-area acts. It also features “EXCELLENT midnight screenings of Wayne’s World, a NICE local vendor market, and more NICE surprises!” Sounds pretty NICE, right? So let’s take a closer look.


NICE, a fest


Gotta love that daily lineup breakdown. Cerce is your Thursday headliner, fresh off the release last fall of their latest album, Cowboy Music. They’re not a country act; that’s just the name of the album. This band rips, so prepare yourself.


Saturday sees Boston’s beloved Future Teens in the headlining slot. The self-described purveyors of “bummer pop” just announced a new album out this September: Self Help. So expect some new sounds and old sounds from them. And don’t sleep on Colleen Green in the direct support slot on Saturday. Wikipedia says she’s an L.A. kid, but that’s malarkey. She was born in Dunstable, MA and kicks it in Lowell on a regular basis.


Moving on to Sunday, the hits just keep on coming. Speedy Ortiz headlines, Weakened Friends provide direct support, Rebuilder brings the rock, Hallelujah The Hills bring the artistic musical vision of one Ryan H. Walsh, Lady Pills brings the buzz… The list goes on and on and on. As local festivals go, this one is packed with talent. Pick up your tickets here. And come prepared: you’ll be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of attending the festival. Get the rest of the NICE rules and the NICE FAQ here. And please be NICE and support the local music scene, always.