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Boston Calling Mystery Band

bcAbout a week ago, the lineup for the third Boston Calling Music Festival was released through ten hidden vinyl and was leaked by, well, yours truly. If you haven’t seen the lineup, check out a breakdown of all the artists along with my own story of how I became twitter famous, here.

Given the unique fashion that they released the lineup, it is apparent that Boston Calling is feeling creative this year.

With the festival still some time away, single day passes for Saturday & Sunday have not been released. (Single-Day passes for Jack Johnson, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, and Cass McCombs on Friday night are available).

The reason for withholding weekend single-day passes may be because the lineup for Saturday has yet to be completed.

As shown on their website, the spot just before Death Cab For Cutie remains unnamed. When the mystery band will be announced is a mystery in its own. I would presume it will come sometime just before single-day tickets become available, leaving us to let our imaginations run wild with speculation until the announcement comes.

Even though Outkast has been official ruled out, there are plenty of rumors floating around, so let’s take a look at some of the possible fits for the Memorial Day Weekend festival.


Weezer is headlining Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware in mid-June along with other Boston Calling attendees such as Jack Johnson, Tegan and Sara, Magic Man. The group would certainly fit the early 00s trend that the festival seems to be aiming for and would certainly be a huge hit with the fans.

The Strokes

The Strokes announced to the surprise of some that they would be playing at the Governor’s Ball in New York in June. The group has not played a gig in the U.S. since 2011. While the band has nothing else on the books, I personally think that it is unlikely that they will play anywhere before they take the stage in NY.

Arcade Fire

The former grammy winners seem to be in high demand on the message boards and they are not scheduled in Boston for their spring tour and currently set to play at Coachella in CA, so assuming an east coast festival is possible wouldn’t be a long shot. They are scheduled in Portugal on May 29th but it is plausible they could have a U.S. send off in City Hall Plaza on the 24th. I would be surprised to see them opened for Death Cab rather than the other way around, though

ytg1Young The Giant

YTG played at the first Boston Calling in May ’13 just before festival headliner The National took to the main stage. The band just released a new album and is touring, including a sold out trip to the House of Blues here in Boston, and is booked for Firefly in June. Currently the group does not have anything in the books for May. It would definitely be nice to see Boston Calling call a band back to the stage. Given that Aaron Dessner of The National is curating the festival, I wouldn’t be surprised if he pushed to bring a band from the inaugural festival back.


Iron & Wine

This is a very realistic possibility. Already announced at Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta in early May and playing Firefly in June, the singer-songwriter would fit nicely just before Death Cab were to take the stage. It wouldn’t be a drastic move, but it certainly fits the bill in terms of what it looks like the festival is going for.

The National

Speaking of Aaron Dessner, I wouldn’t be surprised if all of this curation has inspired him to bring his own band back to City Hall Plaza. The National were a terrific cap to the inaugural event and would be an obvious choice for the people at Boston Calling. The former headliners are sadly already booked though, they will be playing at Sasquatch! Festival in Washington state, I don’t see them making the overnight coast to coast trip.

The Postal Service

This is another stretch that almost seems too obvious to be true. But with Benjamin Gibbard and Jenny Lewis both on the bill, a Postal Service reunion is certainly in the minds of everyone attending the festival. I can just imagine Gibbard running through the crowd (Matt Berninger style) after the Postal Service finishes Such Great Heights to get to the other stage to begin his set with Death Cab For Cutie. Whether they show up on the bill as a separate entity or not, a reunion is to be expected (by me at least).

Others that are touring/playing festivals and are available May 24th:

Jack White, Beck, Lana Del Ray, Grouplove, Phoenix, Third Eye Blind, The Lumineers, The Hold Steady, Spoon, The Replacements, Jimmy Eat World, Panic! At The Disco

The list goes on and on… we could be here for days.

The growing trend in the U.S. is that these festivals that are popping up in every corner of the country are becoming parts of tours for many bands and you see bands doing multiple festivals in their tours.

Boston Calling will return for its third installment Friday, May 23, running through the 25th. Just one year after the festival launched, it has already added on an extra night of music.

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  • stephen uys

    I have heard three times now that Thalia Zedek may play the second stage. It would be great as I cannot think of any other local with her gravitas. They sure keep us guessing.


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