Limited Early Bird Passes Available NOW!
5 . 31 . 2018
Who’s ready to do it all again? To celebrate our 10th Boston Calling, we’re putting a very limited number of discounted 3-Day Early Bird passes on sale NOW!
GA $210, VIP $510, Platinum $1,010. Want to join us? Get them here
The Arena: How to Secure Your Spot for Boston Calling’s Comedy Sets, Podcast Tapings, and More
5 . 14 . 2018
New this year: A guaranteed entry option!
Natalie Portman. David Cross. Pod Save America. Bridget Everett. That’s a small taste of the special programming happening in The Arena at Boston Calling this year. Featuring comedy sets, podcasts, and more, The Arena is one of Boston Calling’s many bright spots, but the trade-off for it being an intimate space is that it has limited capacity.
Don’t worry, though! This year, we’re offering a guaranteed admission option for superfans who have the Arena’s programming at the top of their Boston Calling list. Here’s the deal:
Want guaranteed admission? Show up early for a wristband.
- There will be 1,000 complimentary first come, first served guaranteed admission wristbands available when doors open each day (2.30p on Friday, and 12p on Saturday and Sunday).
- Wristbands will be available outside the Arena, which is to the left once you come through main entrance.
- Those with Arena wristbands, as well as Platinum pass holders, can enter the Arena through the Guaranteed Admission Entrance all day.
Want to chance it? No problem.
- The Arena will also have an entrance for those without Guaranteed Admission or Platinum wristbands.
- We will admit as many people from this line as capacity allows throughout the day.
- There are no re-admission privileges unless there is no line.
- ONCE THE ARENA OPENS, IT WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL THE ARENA PROGRAMMING ENDS EACH DAY
Do you have questions? We thought you might. See below, and we’ll see you there!
Q) I can’t get there early. Am I totally out of luck?
A) Not at all! The guaranteed admission wristbands only account for about a third of the Arena’s capacity.
Q) If I show up early, may I pick up wristbands for my friends?
A) No. In the interest of fairness, if you get there in time to score a wristband, you’ll get one for you, and we’ll put on your wrist at that time. You can’t pick up multiples.
Q) May I give my wristband to my friend once I’ve seen what I want to see?
A) Wristbands are non-transferable.
Q) I have a three-day ticket. May I get there early on Friday and pick up a three-day wristband?
A) Wristbands are single-day only. If you have a three-day pass and you’d like guaranteed admission multiple days, come back early on those days.
Q) Is there a cost for the Guaranteed Admission Wristbands?
A) Wristbands are complimentary and only available when festival gates open, while supplies last!
Lineup Update: Mike D (DJ Set) replaces Bryson Tiller
5 . 9 . 2018
Boston Calling Weekly Block Parties Return!
5 . 7 . 2018
Summer weather is just about here, and that means it’s time to take the party outside! The Boston Calling Block Party Series kicks off this Thursday, May 10, in Dewey Square Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway with The Gallerist. Come enjoy beer & wine, games, music, and more every Thursday. The fun starts at 5pm – totally free, all summer long!
Block Party attendees can choose from several beer selections including Miller Lite, Two Hats Lime, Blue Moon Belgian White, Leinenkugel Summer Shandy, and Henry’s Hard Sparkling Water. There will also be rosé provided by Barefoot Wine.
21+ to attend.
Weekly Performance Schedule:
5/10 – The Gallerist
5/17 – Bourbon Chasers
5/24 – DJ Frank White
5/31 – Nonplussed
6/7 – The Almighty Duck
6/14 – Rob Pagnano
6/21 – Nonplussed
6/28 – Absolute Gentleman
7/5 – DJ Frank White
7/12 – Rob Pagnano
7/19 – East Coast Soul
7/26/18 – Hi8us
8/2 – These Wild Plains
8/9 – The Whiskey Barrel Band
8/16 – Giant Foot
8/23 – Sudden Relic
8/30 – East Coast Soul
🎡Get a view from the top at Boston Calling!🎡
4 . 30 . 2018
Win a free spin on the wheel!
You spin me right round baby, right round, like…the largest Ferris wheel in the entire state of Massachusetts! The big wheel will be at Boston Calling — and you can win a chance to ride it! We’re randomly picking 50 people who purchase by May 4 to win a free spin on the wheel. So get ready for your chance to go up, up and away!
Boston Calling After Parties: Questlove, Oh Sees, Cashmere Cat + More
4 . 24 . 2018
Boston Calling 9 ticket holder? Well, you have two special ways to get in.
Knowing what we have planned for you at Boston Calling 9, we’re sure that you’re not going want to the party to stop once the music wraps at Harvard Athletic Complex each day. Hello after parties!
Featuring DJ Questlove and DJ Frank White, Oh Sees and Black Beach, and Cashmere Cat, the official Boston Calling after parties will keep the good times going long into the night. Want to be a part of the exclusive bashes at the Sinclair? Here’s how:
- Buy your Boston Calling ticket before April 30 at 11.59p ET. Everyone who’s purchased by then will have first access to these shows. You’ll receive a pre-sale code via email on the morning of May 1, and the pre-sale will start at 12p ET right here.
- Get lucky! We’ll randomly pick 10 winners from each show from the pool of people who purchased their tickets by April 30 at 11.59p ET (yes, these do include +1s).
- If tickets remain, the public on-sale for these shows will start on Wednesday, May 2, at 10a ET.
All shows are 21+
More details on the after parties follow. Good luck, and we’ll see you at the Sinclair!
10pm doors / 11pm show $25
DJ Questlove / DJ Frank White
10pm doors / 11pm show $20
Oh Sees / Black Beach
10pm doors / 11pm show $20
Marathon Music from Alvvays, St. Vincent, Leikeli47, and more: The Weekly Connection Playlist 3
4 . 13 . 2018
This week, a collection of upbeat music from Boston Calling 9 artists to celebrate Boston’s Marathon Monday.
Hey all, for this week’s edition of the Weekly Connection – we decided to dedicate it to this year’s Boston Marathon. We put together a solid mix of upbeat tunes from BC9 artists to fuel the excitement of Boston’s Marathon Monday.
Featured in this week’s playlist is Canadian Indie Pop band & BC newcomers, Alvvays, with “Archie, Marry Me”. If you’re not familiar with Alvvays, this is a great introduction as the lighthearted tune shows off the true Cranberries & Best Coast influences they’re known for. Psych-rock band, Pond, also made it on to the playlist with their May 2017 release ‘Paint Me Silver’ – a perfect match for a positive race-day & actually is produced by BC alumni Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker.
Turning it up a little bit, we thought to include raucous stimulating rock n roll tunes such as QOTSA’s “Go With The Flow”, Manchester Orchestra’s “Shake It Out”, “Available” by BC-frequenters The National, and more. St. Vincent’s “Digital Witness” also made it on the playlist due to the fact that it is near impossible to not want to move to it & a great representation of St. Vincent’s “razor-sharp wit”. Rap tunes “BOOGIE” by BROCKHAMPTON and “Look” by Leikeli47 were also must-adds because we all know you can’t be truly amped up without some serious bass going through the speakers.
Whether you’re running, watching loved ones race, or just partaking in the celebratory festivities – we hope you enjoy this week’s playlist. We’ll catch you for next week’s release.
The Weekly Connection: Boston Marathon Edition
The Secret Boston Calling Performances You Won’t Want to Miss
4 . 12 . 2018
Buy your tickets before April 19 @ 10a ET for your chance to get on these exclusive lists.
You know that you can always count on Boston Calling to bring you an incredible lineup of artists who deliver sets you’ll never forget. Now, we’re giving a few hundred Boston Calling attendees a chance to get into very intimate, secret acoustic performances from mystery artists!
During Boston Calling weekend, there will be special acoustic performances by Boston Calling artists at an undisclosed location on festival grounds. Want in on them? Here’s what you need to do:
- Purchase your Boston Calling tickets no later than 10a ET on Thursday, April 19. Already purchased your tickets? You’re all set.
- Stay close to your email! On Thursday, April 19, at 11a ET, everyone who’s purchased their tickets by 10a ET will be emailed an RSVP link. The first 50 people to RSVP get into the performance on the day(s) they tell us they’re attending – and they get a +1, too.
It’s that simple! If you’re on the list, you’ll get a confirmation from us along with instructions on how to access the secret location. Questions? Hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org!
BROCKHAMPTON, Maggie Rogers, STL GLD + more: The Weekly Connection Playlist 2
4 . 6 . 2018
Get ready for this year’s festival with this weekly collection of Boston Calling artists
Hey everyone – here to share another playlist of what’s playing in our team’s earbuds.
Kicking off this week’s playlist is STL GLD’s hot brand-new track, “Donut Shop” – serving up some serious groovy old-school Hip Hop vibes & worth a listen. STL GLD is actually boston-based & its pretty cool, they actually collaborated with Somerville’s Union Square Donuts for the album artwork. On a similar page, we included BROCKHAMPTON’s “GOLD” – so zanny, light-hearted and backed up with some fresh alternative-Hip Hop beats they always bring to their tracks. If you’re not familiar with this eclectic rap crew/self-proclaimed “boy band”, check out their video for GOLD – it is completely ridden in ‘90s aesthetic and WILL make you want to befriend every single one of them by the end of it.
Honestly, there hasn’t been a week that goes by without listening to Maggie Rogers at least once & her breathtakingly beautiful acoustic version of ‘Alaska’ proves that that song is just too damn good to not be perfect in every form. Belly’s “Stars Align” also made it on the playlist – super ‘feel-good/everything is going to be OK’ track off their first album in 23 years. Wrapping up the playlist with Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” – because, well let’s not kid ourselves – that song never gets old.
Hope you dig the playlist & we’ll catch you for next week’s release.