The three-day Boston Calling Music Festival will be returning this year, with performances taking place September 5th through the 7th. Known for being a family-friendly event where all ages are welcome, the Boston Calling Musical Festival features legends as well as newcomers from a variety of different genres. Taking place on two stages at City Hall Plaza, this year’s event will include headliners such as The National and Lorde.
On the first day of the event, the box office opens at 5:00 pm. Gates open at 6:00 pm and the music ends at 11:00 pm. Acts scheduled for opening day include The National, Neutral Milk Hotel and Future Islands.
On Saturday, the box office opens at 11:00 am and the gates open at noon. The lineup includes Lorde, Chidlish Gambino, Girl Talk, Volcano Choir, The Hold Steady, Bleachers, Sky Ferreira, S. Carey, Clifflight and St. Nothing. Once again, the music ends at 11:00 pm.
Sunday follows the same time schedule, but has a fresh new lineup. Acts scheduled for the day include Nas x The Roots, The Replacements, Spoon, The 1975, Twenty One Pilots, Lake Street Dive, The War on Drugs, White Denim, San Fermin and Gentleman Hall.
The Boston Calling Music Festival will occur rain or shine, and smoking is not permitted on the premises. While food and drinks will be available for purchase at the venue, it would be a good idea to bring some food with you. You are also allows to bring one factory-sealed bottle of water with you, so long as it is not in a glass container. Items not permitted at the venue include backpacks over 12” x 12” in size, weapons, professional cameras, squirt guns, laser pens, glowsticks, strollers, pets, musical instruments, sleeping bags, umbrellas, candy or walkie talkies.
Ticket prices vary depending upon if you want a VIP pass, a one-day pass, a two-day pass or a three-day pass. Children under the age of 10 are free. The Main Entrance to the venue is located on Congress Street, with public transportation being the best way to get there. The festival is accessible via the Orange Line at Haymarket or State, the Green Line at Haymarket, the Blue Line at State Street and the Red Line at Park Street. Limited parking is available at the Government center Garage, which is located at 50 New Sudbury Street. Parking tickets can be purchased in advance for a discounted rate of $15 by visiting the garage website. Another option is to rent a room at the Ames Boston Hotel, which is within walking distance of the venue.