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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Boston Calling 2018

Boston Calling has been a staple of the city for five years now. With each year passing, the festival grounds become bigger, the lineup becomes stronger, and the hype becomes even more real.

The 2018 festival looks to be the best yet.

Who you should see:

Headliners this year include Eminem, The Killers, Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, and Paramore. The lineup is littered with smaller gems that are sure to satisfy like 19 year old sensation Khalid, “The internet’s first boyband” Brockhampton, and punk rockers The Mezingers.

Since Boston Calling’s expansion from City Hall Plaza to Harvard Stadium, the festival has worked to curate an experience far beyond just a normal music festival. This year, Academy-Award winning actress Natalie Portman will curate and host a series of special programming alongside popular podcasts like Pod Save America and star-studded comedians like David Cross and Cameron Esposito.

What you should eat:

The Smoke Shop BBQ, courtesy of Boston Calling

What’s a festival without food?

Boston Calling recently released their food lineup which features over 15o menu options, making this year the largest food and drink lineup yet. Choices include a giant waffle cone filled with pit beans, mac & cheese coleslaw, and choice of brisket, pulled pork or smoked chicken from The Smoke Shop, English Muffin Pizzas from Stone and Skillet, or a signature veggie bowl from Whole Heart Provisions.

These are just three choices in a sea of options. Take a break and eat at various local favorites or branch out and try something new. The world/festival is your oyster.


Why you should go:

Photo taken by Ty Johnson

As previously stated, Boston Calling has been a constant source of music and excitement in the city for five years now. If you haven’t gone to any of the previous years or have been once and haven’t returned, why should this be the year to change your mind? The answer: this year promises changes.

Last year’s festival was met with a great deal of growing pains as the festival expanded to Harvard Stadium. Faulty sound systems, long lines, and shotty cellphone service plagued the festival and left a bittersweet taste in festival-goers mouths.

It seems fans’ complaints were heard and now the festival is working to correct these mistakes.

In an announcement on Twitter and its website, Boston Calling explained they were making some “enhancements” to improve the problems of last year. These solutions include “double the entrance lanes,” “dozens more food vendors,” “better wi-fi,” and “double the restrooms.”

Boston Calling began as a festival on the come-up, showcasing a few big name acts and a strong secondary lineup. Since its expansion, it has made its way to becoming one of the festival greats alongside the likes of Bonnaroo, Coachella, and Lollapalooza.

This year proves to be its brightest year yet with a lineup full of mainstream acts and up-and-comers, a film festival, and a slew of food vendors.

Boston Calling returns to Harvard Stadium in Allston, MA from May 25th through May 27. For more information on single day lineups, food and drink lineups, and tickets, check out the official website. 




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