If you love music and you are looking for a fun way to spend a few days this month, you might want to take a closer look at the Boston Calling Music Festival. Offering an interesting line-up of varying genres of music each time it comes to town, Boston Calling will give you the chance to see some of your favorite musical artists while also discovering a few new ones.
The History of Boston Calling
Debuting in May 2013, the Boston Calling Music Festival takes place two times each year at City Hall Plaza in Downtown Boston. The first occurs in May while the second takes place in September, with each attracting 20-22,000 fans. Praised for its versatile lineup each time and recognized for its high quality of production, the festival has been named one of the Top 10 Festivals in the United States by Consequence of Sound.
The location of event, City Hall Plaza, is a large, open public space located in the Government Center area of the city. Designed by architectural firm Kallmann McKinnell & Knowles in 1962, the multi-level red brick and concrete plaza is irregularly shaped and located above the Government Center MBTA station. Other events regularly held on City Hall Plaza include Big Apple Circus, the African Festival of Boston, the Boston Pride Festival, The Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl, Boston Techjam, Boston GreenFest and the Boston Cycling Celebration.
What to Expect from Boston Calling
During the family-friendly event, there are two performance stages with non-overlapping sets, making it possible for festivalgoers to enjoy all of the bands that are performing without having to wait between sets for setup. The three-day music festival also features a food pavilion and festival-wide beer experiences, with a total of three stages, two beer gardens and plenty of food trucks. National headliners for this year’s event will include Disclosure, Sia and Robin along with 20 other groups, including Irish musician Lisa Hannigan and The National’s guitarist Aaron Dessner. The full line-up for the May 2016 show includes:
- Charles Bradleyand his Extraordinaires
- Christine And The Queens
- City And Colour
- Courtney Barnett
- Elle King
- The Front Bottoms
- Janelle Monáe
- Lisa Hannigan and Aaron Dessner
- Michael Christmas
- Miike Snow
- Sufjan Stevens
- Unknown Mortal Orchestra
- The Vaccines
- Vince Staples
Boston Calling is produced by Crash Line Productions, which is a Boston-based entertainment production company that also produces the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. This year’s May event will take place May 27th through the 29th. Non-stop live performances will take place from 6:00 pm until 11:00 pm on Friday and from noon until 11:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. All ages are welcome to attend the festival, with kids under 10 admitted for free. Tickets to the event, which include VIP passes, are selling out quickly and range in price from $60 to $375. All festival-goers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and to bring plenty of sunscreen and sealed plastic water bottles. Plastic ponchos are also encouraged in case of rain.