Boston Calling 2k17
Well we all knew something big was coming this week as the folks over at Boston Calling were planning to announce their expanded lineup. Who would be their headliners? What massive act could they have up their sleeve? What will the new location be like? Will it still feel like Boston Calling?
Well on the morning of Thursday January 12th, they dropped the big news. Slated to cap off each night of the May 26-28 weekend edition will be rock giants Tool, folk rockers Mumford & Sons and the charismatic and wildly successful Chance the Rapper.
Opening for the three main acts will be indie god Bon Iver, electric favorites The xx, superstars Major Lazer, Weezer and The 1975. With these supplemented by indie favorites Sigur Rós, Solange, Cage the Elephant and returning showstoppers Run the Jewels.
Rounding out the weekend are Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Tegan and Sara, Brandi Carlile, Sylvan Esso, Majid Jordan, Flatbush Zombies, Oh Wonder, Mac Demarco, Wolf Parade, Danny Brown, Piebald, Frightened Rabbit, Modern Baseball, Car Seat Headrest, Buffalo Tom, Cousin Stizz, Mitski, Russ, Frances & the Lights, Deerhoof, Pup, Whitney, Strand of Oaks, Hiss Golden Messenger, Moses Sumney, Kevin Morby, The Hotelier, Lucy Dacus, Vundabar, Xylouris White, Tkay Maidza, Alexandra Savior and Mondo Cozmo.
A brilliant change from past editions nearly doubling their earlier lineups of 23 acts to 45 along with the announcement of a fully curated Film program by Harvard grad Natalie Portman, the festival promises a reinvention while retaining the same ideas that made earlier editions successful. The Music program was curated again by Aaron Dessner of The National who explained in a press release received by The Voice, “Moving to our new location has allowed us to expand the programming of the festival to include many more of my favorite artists from different corners of the music world.”
The new location being the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston which presides next to the Charles River just steps from Harvard Square. Hired to deck the halls and revamp the festival’s look is festival designer, artist and sculptor Russ Bennett who has assisted previously on Bonnaroo and Outside Lands as well as being the brains behind many of Phish’ visuals.
Early bird passes are now available starting at $245 for 3-day GA and going as high as $899 for 3-day VIP Platinum passes (regular 3-day VIP are $499). Once the Early Bird passes sell out the remaining passes will be available starting at $269 for 3-day GA, $529 for VIP and $999 for Platinum VIP. Single day passes (along with single day lineups) will be announced along with the full Film program and food/drink selections in the coming months.
Toast to another weekend in Boston, jam packed with amazing artists and even more to come…