Boston Calling Music Festival ushers in the season nowadays. But let’s look back at some other summer music festivals we loved.
As I’m click-clacking away here in the studio, Boston Calling is on the horizon, and we’re all very excited. I’ve already taken a trip down memory lane and shared some of my favorite Boston Calling moments. I had festival runner Mike Snow do the same. Hell, I even dug up each and every Boston Calling lineup, going all the way back to the very first festival in May of 2013. For the sake of this week’s poll, though, I’m looking back at some other Boston-area summer music festivals that were all the rage way back when.
Old Boston music heads will remember the days where every rock station in the city had their own yearly outdoor music festival. The BCN River Rave. The WFNX Best Music Poll. WAAF’s Locobazooka. Hell, back when ROCK 92.9 was good ol’ WBOS, we’d have an Earth Day celebration each and every year at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. And speaking of the Hatch Shell, each of the other three Boston rock stations that I mentioned used to put on concerts there. Everyone remembers FNX with Green Day in ’94, of course.
Summer Music Festivals: Which One Is Your Favorite?
Those were also the days where festivals like the Warped Tour and Ozzfest would come through Massachusetts each summer. Lollapalooza was a touring festival back in the day, too. I wish it still was, to be honest. They’re all represented below. Now it’s up to you to close your eyes, think back to those magical summers of the ’90s and early ’00s, and choose which festival experience was your fondest. And, as always, you can holler at me on the ROCK 92.9 Facebook or Twitter if I missed something crucial.