Thousands kicked off summer with a bang yesterday at the first night of Boston Calling music festival. It certainly felt like summer as a packed crowd gathered at City Hall Plaza for a beautifully warm night filled with music from some of the best artists in the world.

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Singer and songwriting sensation Sia was the star of the night as her stunning headlining performance, powerful vocals, and incredible setlist left the crowd in awe.

The 40-year-old Australian singer appeared on stage as expected, with the bangs of her signature black-and-white wig covering half her face. She wowed the audience wearing huge white bow and an overstated white, ruffled dress which she later dropped to reveal a dancer dressed in a matching wig and nude leotard.TNP-Sia-BC-11


Sia’s accompanying dancers enhanced the performance with their breathtaking choreography as Sia stood stolidly on a platform in the middle of the stage. One dancer in particular, Steph Mincone, really stole the show. Mincone was easily mistaken by many in the audience and in the media for Maddie Ziegler, the former cast member on Lifetime’s ‘Dance Moms’ who now dances for Sia and stars in the “Chandelier” music video. During last night’s performance Mincone gave Ziegler’s talents a run for the money bringing this performance to an artistic level that created the perfect accompaniment to Sia’s strong vocals.TNP-Sia-BC-12

Sia performed all of her hits the crowd expected to hear including, “Cheap Thrills,” and “Elastic Heart” and delighted fans with covers of hit songs she has written for other artists. Sia’s renditions of Rihanna’s “Diamond” was particularly breathtaking. Sia closed out the night with her most popular hit “Chandelier,” which left concert goers wanting more.

There is no short supply of entertainment to be had at Boston Calling with two different stages and plenty of options for food and drink. The Nutella, banana, whipped cream covered waffle from Zinneken’s Truck was almost as as incredible as Sia’s performance and a slice of pizza from Copper Dome Crust was the perfect way to top off the night.

Photo credit to Michael Diskin for Boston Calling.
Photo credit to Michael Diskin for Boston Calling.

Boston Calling is set to rock City Hall Plaza all weekend long with a jam-packed line up of over 30 world class performers and comedians.

Boston Calling music festival is in its third year with big plans for the future. A few hours before the show kicked off festival directors announced huge changes for next year’s festival including a venue change and new additions. It’s not too late to get your tickets to Boston Calling 2016, we promise it’s a show you don’t want to miss.