The highly anticipated Boston Calling Music Festival is making its big return — for the first time since 2019 — at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston this Memorial Day Weekend from May 27th to 29th! This marks the return of the festival after a two-year break since the world as we knew it came to a screeching halt due to the COVID pandemic. Starting back in 2013 at City Hall Plaza and with a festival in both the Fall and Spring, this marks the 11th Boston Calling event and will undoubtedly be the talk of the town. Boston concertgoers are embracing its return and its electric energy already! A good friend of mine always says, “Bring the music and the people will follow.”
The lineup this year is sure to please the masses, packed with a range of genres from electronica to country.
Not only that, but the rundown spans newer to veteran bands — ones we all know and love! That said, there did have to be a sudden swap of Day One headliners, with Nine Inch Nails replacing Foo Fighters due the devastatingly tragic and recent passing of drummer, Taylor Hawkins, who, if we had to guess, will receive more than a few callouts and nods throughout the weekend from featured artists.
Additional top-of-the-ticket artists include HAIM, Weezer and Avril Lavigne. The entire Boston Calling lineup features over 51 artists, the following 12 of which are from the New England area: Bone Without Bones, Avenue Miranda Rae, The Chelsea Curve, Van Buren Records, Ali Mcguirk, Coral Moons, Dutch Tulips, Cam Meekins, Crooked Coast, Aaron and the Lord, and Paper Tigers. Talk about local pride! More artists to catch across the four outdoor stages are Rüfüs Du Sol, Cheap Trick, Run the Jewels, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Orville Peck, grandson, Oliver Tree, Earthgang, The Struts, The Backseat Lovers, Modest Mouse, Goose, Japanese Breakfast… the list just goes on and on.
Beyond the music, there’s over 30 upscale food vendors (there’s a whole culinary lineup!!), an 100-foot Ferris wheel, art installations, life size games and tons to explore all weekend. Three-day, two-day, single day and weekend passes — across GA, VIP and Platinum tiers — are still on sale! Payment plans are also available for all three-day ticket purchases. Pay as little as $99 up front and deal with the rest later. For those wishing to get the full experience, VIP this year has two new additional features: expanded bar and lounge areas at the main stage, plus enhanced hospitality offerings throughout the grounds, as well as the all-new Jack Daniel’s Double Decker Viewing Platform, with dramatic views of both the Red Stage and the Green Stage! Platinum passes include all VIP features plus many more! So, don’t miss your chance to see this epic festival and all star lineup by sitting on this. Rock on!