2016 Lincoln Calling | Friday Photo Essay

[Editor’s note: view Thursday coverage here, Saturday coverage here.]

At any moment Friday night, a festivalgoer could have walked in to any of the Lincoln Calling venues and had to fight their way into a good vantage. The Bourbon’s main room was crammed when Real Estate went on at 10:30 p.m; ditto for Cloud Nothings in the Duffy’s Tavern back lot at Midnight to jumping, crowd-surfing fans.

Perhaps one of the best moments for hometown fans happened at Bodega’s Alley, where Omaha hip-hop duo Both drew a packed house as close to the stage as possible. Emcee Scky Rei and producer INFNTLP played set-up act for closer Allan Kingdom at a robust hip-hop lineup, and made the most of the moment by taking a ridiculously appropriate (and sort of inappropriate) selfie.

Both’s positive, intense performer-audience interaction was seemingly ubiquitous across the festival’s eight venues, from comedy at Vega to hardcore at The Bay all the way back to downtown. You can see that moment and more below in our photo essay.

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Gerardo Meza plays the secret pop-up show Friday on the roof of the Grand Manse Pavilion | photo by Andrew Dickinson 

Her Flyaway Manner opens Friday night in the Duffy’s Tavern back lot | photo by Lauren Farris

photo by Lauren Farris

The Lost Boys play The Bay | photo by Peter Barnes

Eros and the Eschaton’s Katey Perdoni behind Duffy’s Tavern | photo by Andrew Dickinson

A Giant Dog — with an inflatable dragon — plays The Bourbon main stage | photo by Ingrid Holmquist

Oquoa’s Max Holmquist on the Duffy’s Tavern back lot stage | photo by Ingrid Holmquist

Twin Peaks at The Bourbon | photo by Lauren Farris

Twin Peaks guitarist/vocalist Clay Frankel sits on a junked television behind The Bourbon | photo by Ingrid Holmquist

Comedy at Vega (clockwise from top left): Dante Powell, Adam Cayton-Holland, Mallory Wallace, Matt Cobos, David Venhuizen, Brett Davis, Jo Firestone, Nicole Conlan (center) | photos by 

Flak at The Bay | photo by Peter Barnes

Modern Vices hangs out in front of Gomez Art Supply after its Duffy’s Tavern back lot set | photo by Lauren Farris

Lincoln Calling veterans White Mystery plays the Duffy’s Tavern back lot | photo by Lauren Farris

HIDE’s Heather Gabel drops to the stage inside Duffy’s Tavern | photo by Tarah Dawdy

Yes You Are packs onto the Zoo Bar stage | photo by Connor Lepert

Both and company pose for the camera during the duo’s packed Bodega’s set | photo by Tarah Dawdy

Bib’s Nathan Ma growls into the mic during the band’s Friday set at The Bay | photo by Peter Barnes

Plack Blague headlines his Duffy’s Tavern indoor showcase | photo by Tarah Dawdy

Real Estate headlines The Bourbon | photo by Ingrid Holmquist

Allan Kingdom anchors the hip-hop showcase Friday at Bodega’s Alley | photo by James Dean

Cloud Nothings’ Dylan Baldi during the band’s headliner set Friday in the Duffy’s Tavern back lot | photo by Lauren Farris

A fan crowd surfs during Cloud Nothings’ Friday night set at Duffy’s Tavern | photo by Lauren Farris

  • Thomas

    No CULT PLAY??