Police: No problems at Boston Calling

city hall plaza boston music boston calling
Thousands of people attended Boston Calling on City Hall Plaza in May 2013.
Credit: MikeDiskin.com

Boston’s first two-day music festival on City Hall Plaza could have had better weather, but things could not have been any more peaceful. 

While other concerts held on City Hall Plaza have turned violent or chaotic, the roughly 19,000 people that piled into City Hall Plaza each day during last weekend’s Boston Calling music festival behaved pretty well.

“We thought it would go well. We didn’t expect it to go as smoothly as it did,” said Brian Appel, the show’s producer. “We were really happy and fortunate with how everything turned out.”

A spokeswoman for the Boston Police Department said officers made no arrests and even issued no citations during the weekend festival.

“The BPD had adequate security on hand, but made no arrests and did not issue any citations. It appears the weather may have played a role in keeping the crowd relatively small. Despite the rain it was an enjoyable event,” said Cheryl Fiandaca, a department spokeswoman.

A spokeswoman for Boston EMS said about seven people were transported to a hospital for minor issues during the weekend show. One of those was alcohol-related.

Appel said it was likely a combination of things that kept the crowd “mellow” including the rain and wind and the bands in the lineup.

While things went particularly well for its premiere event, Appel would not comment on changes for the upcoming September show regarding security or a capacity increase.

A pair of recent concerts have not gone as well.

Videos on YouTube show fans chasing rapper Wiz Khalifa off the stage during a 2010 concert. The rapper can be seen running into City Hall as fans chase him and others jump on stage.

In 2011, a free show headlined by rapper Mac Miller turned violent and ended with police responding to the area to quell multiple fights that spread to the MBTA and Commuter Rail.

Follow Michael Naughton on Twitter @metrobosmike.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Drive charged in fatal hit and run, police…

The NYPD has arrested a man they say is responsible for a fatal hit and run in Manhattan last weekend. Doohee Cho, 33, was hit…

Local

Mayor de Blasio raises minimum wage for some…

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order Tuesday morning that will raise the minimum wage for workers employed by private companies that receive more…

National

3 myths about the working poor

Linda Tirado works to debunk some common stereotypes about the working poor in her new book, "Hand to Mouth."

Money

Lawsuit funding advances: friend or foe?

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article Many plaintiffs awaiting resolution of their lawsuit or legal claim often find themselves in a tricky financial…

Going Out

Which NYC restaurant lost its three-star Michelin rating?

A record 73 restaurants in New York City collected coveted Michelin stars on Tuesday as a mix of trendy spots and fine-dining stalwarts underscored the…

Entertainment

Interview: Metro chats with filmmaker Meir Kalmanson, man…

A New York filmmaker hands out smiles to its residents.

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, Sept. 30: 'Selfie,' 'Utopia'…

'Selfie' This modern day take on the "My Fair Lady" story stars John Cho in the Henry Higgins role. Perhaps instead of "the rain in…

Music

Can't-miss weekend events continue to attract the masses

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article Earlier this summer, the Firefly Music Festival drew crowds of tens of thousands of people to Dover, Delaware.…

MLB

Mets 2014 report card

The Mets wrapped up their eight straight season without a playoff appearance last weekend. Needless to say, they fell a bit short of general manager…

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys, Packers, Ravens, Chargers climb

NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys, Packers, Ravens, Chargers climb

NFL

Ryan Quigley making a big impact for Jets…

Ryan Quigley, now in his second year as the Jets punter, had an exceptional afternoon with six punts for an average of 51.7 yards per punt.

NFL

3 positives to take from Jets loss to…

The Jets suffered another loss Sunday — 24-17 to the Lions — but the reason why it hurts so much for Jets fans is that…

Style

Products that support breast cancer awareness and research

Asics GT-1000, $100 Asics’ third pink collection in collaboration with Christina Applegate’s Right Action for Women includes this pink-accented version of its best-selling GT-1000 3…

Wellbeing

Dr. Marisa Weiss: Where we stand on breast…

As an oncologist and a survivor herself, Dr. Marisa Weiss knows the urgency felt by those diagnosed with breast cancer. Genetic testing has accelerated the…

Wellbeing

Bees' stingers hold new hope for cancer cure

A promising new lead in the search for a cancer cure has turned up in a place that most people naturally avoid. A team from…

Home

Emily Henderson on small space design

Design expert Emily Henderson shows us how to upgrade our cramped quarters.