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Boston Calling Celebrates 10th Year

Boston Calling, the internationally acclaimed music festival and locally growing tradition, is celebrating its 10th edition this year. The festival is set to take place at Harvard Athletic Complex on Memorial Day weekend, May 24 – 26, 2019. Boston Calling presents over 55 musical acts from musicians, bands, and comedians performing across four stages. Headlined by Twenty One Pilots (Friday), Tame Impala (Saturday), and Travis Scott (Sunday), the festival’s musical lineup represents multiple genres created for a fun and diverse audience. Beyond the musical landscape, the festival’s indoor stage will come alive showcasing an all-star lineup of comedy headlined by Michael Che, Jenny Slate, and Fred Armisen. Overall, the lineup boasts four 2019 Grammy award winners including Anderson .Paak, Brandi Carlile, Greta Van Fleet and Mura Masa. In a unique collaboration, the festival will also see stunning performances from Boston Ballet, one of the world’s most renowned dance companies.

Friday’s music performances at Boston Calling will celebrate classic rock revival, funk, indie pop, and hip-hop with Janelle Monáe, Christine and The Queens, and Black Star (Yasiin Bey & Talib Kweli). Among the artists performing on Saturday are electronic powerhouse Odesza, blues inspired Hozier, King Princess, and the exciting and experimental collaboration between musicians Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Aaron Dessner of The National – Big Red Machine. Helping to close out the festival on Sunday will be Logic, Sheck Wes, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Marina, and Boston’s own Guster.

Boston Calling would not be complete without its comedy and entertainment lineup, featuring several all-star comedians and dancers performing in the festival’s indoor arena. On Friday, Saturday Night Live veteran Fred Armisen and Boston hometown favorite Sam Jay will perform. On Saturday, the arena will host the wildly popular Jenny Slate while Michael Che, current co-host of SNL’s Weekend Update, and fellow SNL cast member Melissa Villaseñor will keep the laughs going on Sunday.  Grammy winning singer-songwriter and spoken word star Imogen Heap, along with Boston Ballet, one of the world’s most iconic dance companies, will both perform in the arena on both Saturday and Sunday. Local comedian Lamont Price will take to the mic all three days.

Consistently expanding the parameters of what a music festival should offer, Boston Calling has teamed up with one of the most well-respected and beloved dance companies in the world, Boston Ballet, to plan a series of scheduled performances throughout the festival weekend. 

Boston Calling’s 2019 day-to-day lineup is as follows (lineup and artists are subject to change). Performance times are to be announced.

Further details on Boston Calling’s visual art, as well as more information about the festival’s food and drink components, will be shared in the coming months.

Boston Calling is proud to have Delta Air Lines, Samuel Adams, Miller Lite, JBL, Barefoot Wine, 47 Brand, and Vans as sponsors for this year’s festival.

TICKETS

TIER 2 – SINGLE DAY PASSES

General Admission Passes will be available for a limited time for $114; these tickets offer access to a variety of acts across four stages, admission to daily comedy and entertainment in the arena, access to dozens of food vendors, a wide selection of craft beer and wine offerings, an array of fun outdoor games and attractions, sponsor exhibits, and more surprises to be announced. Pricing of $109 per ticket is only available for a limited time.

VIP Passes will be available for $229; these tickets offer a dedicated fast pass entrance to the festival, premium viewing areas at each outdoor stage, access to an onsite VIP staff and an exclusive 20,000 square foot VIP Lounge featuring expanded beverage options including a full bar, comfortable lounge seating, and private air-conditioned restrooms. Pricing of $219 per ticket is only available for a limited time.

Platinum VIP Passes will be available for $629; these offer all VIP amenities plus access to a platinum viewing experience featuring incredible elevated views of the two main stages, a premium food & beverage package that includes a full specially priced bar featuring beer, wine and craft cocktails; complimentary daily gourmet bites throughout the day and complimentary soft drinks, water and other non-alcoholic options; a complimentary on-site parking pass for each day (one pass per transaction) and access to the exclusive gifting suite, featuring complimentary festival and partner merchandise exclusively available to platinum attendees each day. Pricing of $619 per ticket is only available for a limited time.

TIER 2 – THREE DAY PASSES

General Admission Three-Day Passes are available for $279; these tickets offer access to more than 55 acts across four stages, admission to all comedy and entertainment in the arena, access to dozens of food vendors, a wide selection of craft beer and wine offerings, an array of fun outdoor games and attractions, sponsor exhibits, and more surprises to be announced. Prices will increase slightly as each tier level sells out.

VIP Three-Day Passes are available for $639; these offer a dedicated fast pass entrance to the festival, premium viewing areas at each outdoor stage, access to an onsite VIP staff and an exclusive 20,000 square foot VIP Lounge featuring expanded beverage options including a full bar, comfortable lounge seating, and private air-conditioned restrooms. Prices will increase slightly as each tier level sells out. 

Platinum VIP Three-Day Passes are available for $1139; these offer all VIP amenities plus access to a Platinum viewing experience featuring incredible elevated views of the two main stages, a premium food & beverage package that includes a full specially priced bar featuring beer, wine and craft cocktails; complimentary daily gourmet bites throughout the day and complimentary soft drinks, water and other non-alcoholic options; a complimentary on-site parking pass for each day (one pass per transaction) and access to the exclusive gifting suite, featuring complimentary festival and partner merchandise exclusively available to platinum attendees each day. Prices will increase slightly as each tier level sells out.

Payment plans are available in increments of three for both Single Day and Three-Day Passes. 

Getting There: Boston Calling is best accessed by the T on the Red Line’s Harvard Square stop; from there, it is a short walk to the festival’s main entrance.  Boston Calling will also be coordinating with taxi and rideshare programs for safe and easy pickup and drop off points. There will also be bike racks available onsite.  Onsite parking is available only to Platinum VIP package purchasers. 

About Caitlin Dunn

Caitlin Dunn is a Massachusetts based photographer who loves photographing concerts as well as events and lots of other things!

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