Increased Security at Boston Calling Doesn't Dampen Excitement - NBC10 Boston

Increased Security at Festival doesn't Dampen Excitement

Organizers estimate nearly 40,000 people will attend Boston Calling daily



    Heavy Security This Year at Boston Calling

    Security is tight this year at the 2017 Boston Calling music festival at Harvard's Malkin Athletic Center in Allston, Massachusetts. (Published Friday, May 26, 2017)

    The gates to Boston Calling opened Friday afternoon for the weekend long musical festival being held at Harvard's Athletic Complex in Allston for the first time.

    Despite tight security, fans were thrilled to be there for opening day.

    "I'm excited to see all my favorite people," said Skylar Burke.

    Organizers estimate nearly 40,000 people will attend Boston Calling daily. While concert goers have a good time, officials are working hard behind the scenes to keep everyone safe.

    "I'm pretty confident in Boston and the Boston Police," said Burke. "I'm pretty confident that we'll be fine and safe."

    Monday night's bombing at a concert in Manchester, England prompted increased security measures for the event. Metal detectors, pat downs, bag searches and scannable wristbands are some of the safety precautions. 

    "I'd like to try not to worry about those things," said Carlton Robie. "Obviously it's unfortunate that that happened."

    Atendees can only bring as many items as they can fit into a 12-by-12 inch clear bag. Despite the long line and tougher security, fans are thrilled to see their favorite performers.

    "It's super exciting to be here," said Lucy Reid.

    James Sutton said, "I've been waiting for this for a long time. I'm just excited."

    This year's festival features 45 musical acts, comedians, and extensive food and beverage options.

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