We’re back for another summer festival—and this one is special. Only in its second year, In Between Days hosts a variety of bands both big and small. This year they included vendors filled with thrifting finds and record collection sales that lasted all weekend. Getting to be a part of a growing community is special… but one that’s centered on music? It’s one we don’t take for granted.
We were grateful to be invited to jam alongside other creatives, festival-goers, and families. It was an absolute blast but the best thing was seeing the generosity and intuitive festival workers. Both security and dedicated festival workers had been on the lookout handing out water, providing sunscreen, and keeping an eye out for anyone that needed assistance. The whole weekend was beautifully done as we are super excited to show you all that went down.
The Gypsy Moths
A classic start to the weekend, The Gypsy Moths had taken the reigns to start In Between Days. Bringing an 80s and nostalgic vibe to their sound, the early bird crowd couldn’t stop dancing. We got the chance to talk with them and take a few photos and can confirm they are absolutely the sweetest crew. If you’re into the local band scene and into music like Talking Heads, check out this group!
We were pleasantly surprised by just how much Paper Tigers held their own on stage. Nothing was left out and all their energy was given during their short set. Playing a good handful of their songs like ‘Goldmine’ and ‘Tonight’, we got a great taste of what they are all about. Paper Tigers collectively was one of the talked about bands during the day and a lot more after their set.
If you’re into bands like Meet Me @ The Altar and PVRIS, you’ll love Carissa. She brought the emo-pop-punk scene to Quincy and we were here for it. Even with a short time slot and early in the day, she leaned into it and gave it her all.
Our newest favorite band, Slothrust, was our top band from day one. Not only did they invite Annie from Weakened Friends to play with them, but they also kept the energy and attention on them the whole time. We got to hear ‘Cranium’ and ‘Happy Together’ alongside a few others. After their set, we got the chance to take some portraits and chat a little. Being from the Quincy Area and now LA residents, Leah Wellbaum and drummer, Will Gorian are taking the music scene by storm. Catch them surfing the east coast these next few weeks and let us know how it went!
Fantastic Cat was an absolutely stacked crew. Their performance was one that rotated–each band member had played each instrument at least once during their set. Rendering a sound that had indie and folk influences, this group isn’t one to miss if they visit your hometown.
Giving off the best Kenergy during the day, Dutch Tulips made the line-up complete. They were a perfect mix of indie and early 2000s alternative—think Death Cab for Cutie and Jack White combined. They were loved by the crowd the whole time as they brought more and more energy to the grey and windy day.
We were living our best coming-of-age dreams when Shallow Pools took the stage. Their pop-infused sound kept us in the moment. Their set was the perfect pick-me-up as the festival smoothly headed toward the second half of the day. Shallow Pools was a great act to put in the mix of local bands—shaping the true definition of what it means to be Boston based.
During this festival, there had been a good portion of the festival grounds dedicated to various vendors. From thrifting to accessories they had it all. We got to talk with Peace Love and Halos, a headband company that sells vast amounts of colorful and handmade headbands. Setting up roots just about 10 years ago, co-owner Kara Monette said they’ve been all over the country selling headbands with her husband. Seeing all the families at In Between Days wearing them with big smiles was a highlight and a sweet treat.
Weakened Friends hailing from Maine, they kept the party going. This Pop-Punk group has been around for a few years perfectly crafting a sound that is true to them. People in the crowd had started to mosh but quickly their lead singer, Sonia Sturino, looked out for those that maybe didn’t want to participate this time around. The crowd was receptive and quickly stopped but kept dancing in support of the band’s upbeat music.
Sunny Day Real Estate
Currently trying to wrap our heads around seeing the awesome Sunny Day Real Estate play towards the end of day one. This band has been around since just right before 1994 and has helped shape the Seattle hard-rock scene. Drawing the biggest crowd during the day yet, Sunny Day Real Estate was ecstatic to be back in Boston. It was also a great addition that the sun had come out briefly during their set—the best coincidence.
Currently traveling across the US and Australia for the remainder of 2023, we got another chance to catch The Beths taking over another stage. The Beths never disappoint—being such a sweet group of people, they were over the moon to be invited back to Massachusetts. They rocked a longer set on stage B and the crowd loved it.
THE iconic Modest Mouse closed off day one. Without much room to walk around, it was clear Modest Mouse was (and still is) a fan favorite. We got to hear some of their most popular songs like ‘Float On’ and jam out to some tunes that were released off their latest album, ‘The Golden Casket’. They played for almost two hours passing the torch to day two artists.
Check out our gallery from the show below!
Overall, we really loved everything In Between Days Festival had to offer. Only in its second year running as a festival, it seemed on both the media and fan side that it ran smoothly. Everyone we interacted with and got to chat briefly with had the best energy and the music was top-notch.
We are excited to see this festival evolve and grow more as the years come. If you get the chance to go next year, we highly suggest you add it to your summer wrap-up to-do list!
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