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.

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!

Announcing Boston Calling Film Festival: May 22 – 24

4 . 26 . 2018

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!

Friday 5/25
10pm doors / 11pm show  $25
DJ Questlove / DJ Frank White

Saturday 5/26
10pm doors / 11pm show  $20
Oh Sees / Black Beach

Sunday 5/27
10pm doors / 11pm show  $20
Cashmere Cat

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:

  1. Purchase your Boston Calling tickets no later than 10a ET on Thursday, April 19. Already purchased your tickets? You’re all set.
  2. 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!

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.



The Boston Calling 9 Food and Drink Lineup is Here – and Spectacular

4 . 5 . 2018

We’re talking 35+ vendors, 150+ menu items, and maximum delciousness.


At Boston Calling, we pride ourselves on putting together fantastic lineups for our attendees. We’re a music festival, sure, and our music lineup is second to none, but our lineup in The Arena (Natalie Portman, David Cross, Pod Save America, so much more!), and the lineup for our food and drink experience is incredibly important.

So we’re very pleased to announce the Boston Calling 9 food and drink lineup! And this year, the vast majority of our vendors will accept our speedy and convenient cashless wristbands for payment, which means these delicious options will get in your belly more quickly.

Take a look at this year’s menus, and make sure to follow @bostoncalling on Instagram; through April 11, we’re giving away four GA passes to the day of your choice to one person who tells us which vendors will be at the top of your personal menu.



Arancini Bros

Classic Ragu – Saffron Risotto with tomato meat sauce, peas and mozzarella

Bianco Verde – Basil pesto with mozzarella

Bucatini Fritti – Italian style mac and cheese

Chicken Parm Bites – Ground chicken stuffed with tomato, basil & mozzarella

Pizza Ball – Margherita tomato, basil, mozzarella

*Area Four

Supreme Garlic Knots

Supreme BBQ Pork Knots

Supreme Greek Lamb Knots

Bon Me

Signature Vietnamese Sandwiches and Soba Noodle Salads

with choice of filling: Spiced Rubbed Chicken;

Chinese BBQ Pork; Roasted Soy; Paprika Tofu

Chocolate Chip Sesame Cookies

*Caked Boston

Traditional Cupcakes

Specialty Cupcake of the Day

Truffle Balls

*Chicken & Rice Guys

Rice Plates (choice of protein)

Salad Plates (choice of protein)

Cumato Salad



*The Chubby Chickpea

Yemenite Fried Chicken Sandwich

Falafel Pita Pocket

Vegetarian Stuffed Grape Leaves


Smoked Turkey & Bacon – Avocado Mayo, Pepper Jack, Arugula

Italian Stallion – Salami, Capicola, Mortadella, Provolone, Hots, Lettuce, Tomato, Oil & Vinegar

Nookie’s Pastrami – House-made Spicy Mustard

Crispy Eggplant – Harissa Goat Cheese, Slow Cooked Green Beans, Arugula

Duck Fat Fries

CW Cookies

*Cookie DŌ

One Scoop DŌ

Two Scoop DŌ

Cookie DŌ Sandwich


CopperDome Crust

Artisan Wood Fired Pizza with choice of the following toppings:

Cheese, Pepperoni, and Spinach & Feta

*Deans Concessions

Chicken Fingers & Fries

El Pelon Taqueria

Taco Plate – 2 Tacos (Steak or Chicken) with Fire Roasted Salsa with

Mexican Rice and Black Beans

Burrito Bowl (Steak or Chicken), Flour Tortilla, Fire Roasted Salsa with

Mexican Rice and Black Beans

Rice and Bean Plate – Mexican Rice, Black Beans

Chips & Salsa Fresca

Chips, Salsa and Guacamole

Firefly’s BBQ

Pulled Pork or Pulled Chicken with Coleslaw

Chopped Beef Brisket Sandwich with Coleslaw

BBQ Bowl with Pulled Pork or Pulled Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Beans and Coleslaw

BBQ Brisket Bowl with Brisket, Mac & Cheese, Beans and Coleslaw

Porked Mac & Cheese

FoMu Ice Cream

Ice Cream Scoops

Ice Cream Sandwiches


The Veggie Dog:
Made from nothing but veggies.
Served in a fresh bun with fried onion, pickled red cabbage and heaps of love for the planet.

*Jaju Pierogi

Mix & Match Flavors:

Potato & Cheese Pierogi

Kielbasa & Red Pepper Pierogi

Sweet Potato & Caramelized Onion Pierogi

Jalapeño Cheddar Pierogi

Joe’s American Bar & Grill

New England Clam Chowder

American Mac & Cheese

Gluten Free Mac & Cheese


Katsu Hand-folded Classic Dumplings: pork & napa cabbage, soy ginger dipping sauce Scallion Pie Quesadilla: Korean BBQ Chicken, cheddar, sriracha aioli

Korean BBQ Chicken Noodle Bowl: rice noodle, edamame, pickled veg, lettuce, scallion, fried shallot, sweet chili sauce


Rice burgers and rice bowls with the choice of filling:

Spicy Sweet and Sour Crispy Chicken

Bulgogi Steak

Shiitake Mushroom

Matcha Green Tea Lemonade

Roxy’s Grilled Cheese

(2 booths)

Big Fig – sweet mission figs + balsamic drizzle on our three cheese blend

Green Muenster – house made guacamole and bacon on our three cheese blend

Classic Three Cheese – vermont cheddar, muenster, fontina cheese on locally baked tuscan bread

Hot Honey Bacon – crispy bacon + Mike’s hot honey on our three cheese blend

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Steak Sandwich or Salad

Lobster Roll or Salad

Chicken Salad Wrap

Prime Beef Sliders

Cape Cod Potato Chips

Saté Grill

Build your own: Rice, Noodle, or Salad Veggie bowl with Chicken or Tofu + side of veg Dumpling or Crispy Roll

Banh Mi sandwich

The Sausage Guy

Sausage Guy Sweet Hot Bourbon Italian Sausage

Sausage Guy IPA Beer Brat

Sausage Guy All Beef Hot Dog

Giant Soft Pretzel

Shoestring French Fries

Shuck Food Truck

Oysters each/dozen   

New England Lobster Roll

Lobster Slider

Fish + Chips


The Smoke Shop

(2 booths)

The BBQ BOMB – GIANT Waffle Cone filled with: Pit Beans, Mac & Cheese,

Cole Slaw, Choice of Brisket, Pulled Pork or Smoked Chicken Topped with Pickled Hots & BBQ Spices

The Pit Boss – All Three BBQ Meats: Pulled Pork, Brisket & Smoked

Chicken. Plus Pit Beans, Coleslaw and Mac & Cheese

The BBQ Sandwiches: Choice of Brisket, Pulled Pork or Smoked Chicken

The Cornbread – with Honey Sea Salt Butter

The Sides – Coleslaw, Pit Beans or Mac & Cheese

Stone and Skillet

English Muffin Cheese Pizzas

English Muffin Pepperoni Pizzas

Tasty Burger

(2 booths)



Bacon Cheeseburger

Veggie Burger

Deep River Potato Chips

*Tasty All Beef Dogs

Plain Hot Dogs

Chili Hot Dogs

*Tasty Tots

Plain Tots

Tots with Cheese Sauce

Tots with Chili

Tots with the Works (chili and cheese)

*Union Square Donuts

Assorted Donuts

Whole Heart Provisions

Veggie bowls with a choice of a base of greens or grains in the following styles:

Tazon Style Bowl – Pineapple, Corn Salsa, Korean Black Beans, Smashed Cucumber and Tomato, Red Cabbage Slaw and Lime Vinaigrette with Corn Nuts

Miso Style Bowl – Roasted Broccoli, Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Smashed Cucumber, Pickled Carrots, Red Cabbage Slaw with Orange Miso Sauce and Toasted Sesame Seeds

Viet Style Bowl – Roasted Broccoli, Smashed Cucumber, Tomato, Pickled Carrots, Savory Green Beans Spicy Peanut Sauce and Peanut Crumble

Seared Avocado with tahini, za’atar & crispy lentils

Food Should Taste Good Chips

Yume Wo Katare

Yume Rame

Chashu Stick

Zinneken’s Belgian Waffles

Liege Waffle

The Sin –  Nutella, Banana,

The Gourmand – Caramel, Bananas, Whipped Cream

Fruit Delight – Belgian Chocolate, Bananas, Strawberries



Love Art Sushi

Shoyu Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl – Hawaiian Marinated Yellowfin in soy, sesame, chili, garlic, nori with scallions over seasoned sushi rice

Spicy Crawfish Sushi Bowl – Tender Crawfish tossed in Sriracha wasabi aioli topped with panko over seasoned sushi rice

Avocado Ponzu Boat – Half an avocado surrounded by microgreens filled with citrus ponzu topped with furikake over seasoned sushi rice

Puritan & Company

The choice of tacos, a bowl with grains and greens, or a sandwich with

the choice of the following proteins:

Grilled Pork

Free Range Chicken

Grilled Vegetables

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Prime Sliders

Lobster or Salad



Friday, May 25

Island Creek Oyster Shellfish Display

Island Creek Oysters, Shrimp Cocktail and Littleneck Clams

Chef Colin Lynch – Bar Mezzana

Little gem lettuce salad with anchovy dressing and parmigiano reggiano

Root vegetable salad with squash hummus and feta

Tomato and mozzarella Suppli (crispy risotto balls)

Porcetta sandwiches

Roasted Cauliflower Pita with Yogurt and Curry

Chicken wings with calabrian agrodolce

Roman Gnocchi with mushroom ragout

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Chef Tiffani Faison – Tiger Mama and Sweet Cheeks

Fried Chicken Sandwich Biscuit Bar:

Sweet Cheeks Biscuits, Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Nashville Hot Chicken, Assortment of Pickles, Condiments & Spreads

*Fried Green Tomatoes-Vegetarian Option (Fried Chicken substitute)

Tiger Cheeks Shrimp & Crab Boil:

Spicy Sweet Boiled Shrimp & Crab, Potatoes, Corn & Rice, Spicy Soy Butter

Selection of Early Summer Salads:

Watermelon Salad – Cotija, Mint, Cilantro, Spicy Peanuts

Mexican Caesar Salad – Grilled Little Gem, Crispy Tortilla Chips

Hoppin’ John Salad – Rice, Blackeyed Peas, Jalapeno Vinaigrette


Nutter Butter Cookies

Dee’s Summer Donuts

Hong Kong Egg Tarts

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Chef Chris Coombs – Boston Chops


Boston Chops Home Wrecker Hotdog (loaded with bacon, pickled cabbage,

house-made mustard, aioli, crispy onions)

Veggie Dog Option, Chips

Chops Cob Salad with herb vinaigrette, avocado, diced cheddar, tomato,

and hard boiled eggs


Carving station for Beef tenderloin sandwiches, horseradish cream, crispy onions

Moroccan spiced lamb and yogurt sauce, cucumber salad, grilled pita

Vegetarian summer rolls with peanut sauce, cucumber, herbs

Kale Salad



Samuel Adams Sam ‘76

Samuel Adams New England IPA

Samuel Adams Summer Ale

Miller Lite

Miller High Life


Angry Orchard Hard Cider, Rosé

Truly Spiked and Sparkling, Wild Berry

Pilsner Urquell


Mikkeller Windy Hill IPA

Mikkeller Staff Magician N.E. Style Pale Ale

Mikkeller Rasberry Blush, Berliner Style Weisse-Bier

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, Oatmeal Coffee Stout

Mikkeller Passion Pool, Passion Fruit Gose

Mikkeller California Dream, Hoppy Pilsner

Mikkeller BC “Response” Keller Pilsner

Mikkeller “Significant Endowment” DDH Double N.E. IPA


Barefoot Pinot Grigio

Barefoot Pinot Noir

Barefoot Rosé

Barefoot Moscato Spritzer

Barefoot Sangria Spritzer

Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvée