WHAT IS BOSTON CALLING MUSIC FESTIVAL?

Boston Calling Music Festival is a three-day, multi-stage festival featuring performances from some of the biggest names in music, comedy, and art. It began in 2013 at City Hall Plaza in downtown Boston, and after seven successful and critically acclaimed installations, the festival is moving to the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston in order to expand programming. It will be held over Memorial Day weekend, 2017. The festival is primarily an indie and pop rock festival; past performers have included Jack Johnson, Fun, Vampire Weekend, Beck, Pixies, Alabama Shakes, and Ben Harper.

When will all of the details about the bands and festival information be released?

Complete info, logistics and tickets will be released in the beginning of 2017.

What safety measures are put in place to ensure a smooth event for attendees as well as the surrounding community?

Boston Calling has a fantastic safety record, minimal EMS and ambulance interactions, and no licensed premise violations for being over curfew or other offenses. Boston Calling has established outstanding working relationships with various municipal departments based on the shared value of providing the safest environment possible, while mitigating impacts on the surrounding community.

How will traffic be affected during the festival?

The festival will make every effort to encourage attendees to utilize public transportation. A traffic management plan will be put in place to help minimize congestion on the surrounding roads, and keep traffic moving throughout the weekend. Additionally, a detailed pedestrian plan will be in place to provide clear and safe directions to attendees arriving and departing the festival.

How loud is it going to be?

The festival brings in world class musicians to perform, and with that comes significant production equipment. The stages and additional infrastructure will begin being built about 1 week prior to the event, and site construction will take place almost exclusively during daytime hours The festival will abide by the amplified sound guidelines allowed under the festival permit.

Why move the festival to Harvard University?

While the festival enjoyed a successful tenure on City Hall Plaza for over 4 years, the plaza has undergone many periods of change, and another transformation is currently underway. The City of Boston’s plan to bring year round amusements to the plaza will render it not usable for future festivals. Given that Harvard Athletics serves as a venue for a number of large-scale events annually, Boston Calling proposed this move. This plan has been met with the support of the City of Boston.

How many people are expected to attend?

Boston Calling will work directly with police, fire, and ISD to ensure safe and reasonable capacities taking into account exits, traffic, and general attendee experience. Arrival and departure times for attendees are staggered over the course of the day, starting at noon, with the majority arriving in the late afternoon to see the biggest acts perform. The Boston Calling audience is historically polite, respectful, and orderly.

What does the festival do to help the community?

Boston Calling works with many non-profit groups, including Children’s Hospital of Boston to direct funds, experiences, and tickets to groups that can benefit from such distributions. Over the coming months, we will partner with the Allston-Brighton and Cambridge communities to ensure festival impacts are predictable and mitigated.

Who can I speak with if I have specific questions?

Leading up to the event, you can reach the festival’s production office at 617-371-3955. During the week of the show, there will be a dedicated phone line set up for community members to call with any questions or concerns.



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WHAT IS BOSTON CALLING MUSIC FESTIVAL?

Boston Calling Music Festival is a three-day, multi-stage festival featuring performances from some of the biggest names in music, comedy, and art. It began in 2013 at City Hall Plaza in downtown Boston, and after seven successful and critically acclaimed installations, the festival is moving to the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston in order to expand programming. It will be held over Memorial Day weekend, 2017. The festival is primarily an indie and pop rock festival; past performers have included Jack Johnson, Fun, Vampire Weekend, Beck, Pixies, Alabama Shakes, and Ben Harper.

When will all of the details about the bands and festival information be released?

Complete info, logistics and tickets will be released in the beginning of 2017.

What safety measures are put in place to ensure a smooth event for attendees as well as the surrounding community?

Boston Calling has a fantastic safety record, minimal EMS and ambulance interactions, and no licensed premise violations for being over curfew or other offenses. Boston Calling has established outstanding working relationships with various municipal departments based on the shared value of providing the safest environment possible, while mitigating impacts on the surrounding community.

How will traffic be affected during the festival?

The festival will make every effort to encourage attendees to utilize public transportation. A traffic management plan will be put in place to help minimize congestion on the surrounding roads, and keep traffic moving throughout the weekend. Additionally, a detailed pedestrian plan will be in place to provide clear and safe directions to attendees arriving and departing the festival.

How loud is it going to be?

The festival brings in world class musicians to perform, and with that comes significant production equipment. The stages and additional infrastructure will begin being built about 1 week prior to the event, and site construction will take place almost exclusively during daytime hours The festival will abide by the amplified sound guidelines allowed under the festival permit.

Why move the festival to Harvard University?

While the festival enjoyed a successful tenure on City Hall Plaza for over 4 years, the plaza has undergone many periods of change, and another transformation is currently underway. The City of Boston’s plan to bring year round amusements to the plaza will render it not usable for future festivals. Given that Harvard Athletics serves as a venue for a number of large-scale events annually, Boston Calling proposed this move. This plan has been met with the support of the City of Boston.

How many people are expected to attend?

Boston Calling will work directly with police, fire, and ISD to ensure safe and reasonable capacities taking into account exits, traffic, and general attendee experience. Arrival and departure times for attendees are staggered over the course of the day, starting at noon, with the majority arriving in the late afternoon to see the biggest acts perform. The Boston Calling audience is historically polite, respectful, and orderly.

What does the festival do to help the community?

Boston Calling works with many non-profit groups, including Children’s Hospital of Boston to direct funds, experiences, and tickets to groups that can benefit from such distributions. Over the coming months, we will partner with the Allston-Brighton and Cambridge communities to ensure festival impacts are predictable and mitigated.

Who can I speak with if I have specific questions?

Leading up to the event, you can reach the festival’s production office at 617-371-3955. During the week of the show, there will be a dedicated phone line set up for community members to call with any questions or concerns.



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