Boston Calling Music Festival Announces Its Set Times
at the Harvard Athletic Complex
in Allston, MA
Headlined by Eminem, The Killers, and Jack White
+ Over 54 Performances
In just two weeks, the internationally acclaimed and locally grown three-day festival will be headlined by Eminem, The Killers, and Jack White, and will deliver over 54 performances from musicians, bands, podcasts and comedians across its three stages and the festival’s indoor arena. Adding to the excitement, Academy Award-winning actress, producer and director Natalie Portman is confirmed to curate and host a series of special programming at this year’s festival. A limited number of tickets are available at www.bostoncalling.com.
Boston Calling’s 2018 lineup and set times are as follows (subject to change). Gates open at
|Friday May 25, 2018|
|9:20PM – 10:50PM||The Killers|
|6:55PM – 7:55PM||Portugal. The Man|
|5:00PM – 5:50PM||Noname|
|3:25PM – 4:05PM||Big Thief|
|8:00PM – 9:15PM||The National|
|5:55PM – 6:50PM||Maggie Rogers|
|4:10PM – 4:55PM||Perfume Genius|
|2:45PM – 3:20PM||This Is The Kit|
|Delta Blue Stage|
|8:05PM – 9:20PM||Paramore|
|6:20PM – 7:15PM||Pussy Riot|
|5:00PM – 5:45PM||(Sandy) Alex G|
|3:50PM – 4:30PM||Citizen|
|2:45PM – 3:20PM||Charly Bliss|
|6:00PM – 7:30PM||Lovett Or Leave It|
|4:30PM – 5:30PM||Natalie Portman & Friends|
|Saturday May 26, 2018|
|9:20PM – 10:50PM||Jack White|
|6:45PM – 7:55PM||St. Vincent|
|4:40PM – 5:35PM||Manchester Orchestra|
|2:50PM – 3:40PM||The Oh Sees|
|1:15PM – 1:55PM||Lillie Mae|
|8:00PM – 9:15PM||Queens of the Stone Age|
|5:40PM – 6:40PM||Royal Blood|
|3:45PM – 4:35PM||Belly|
|2:00PM – 2:45PM||The Menzingers|
|12:40PM – 1:10PM||Westside Gunn & Conway|
|Delta Blue Stage|
|8:20PM – 9:20PM||Tyler, The Creator|
|6:25PM – 7:20PM||Brockhampton|
|4:50PM – 5:40PM||Daniel Caesar|
|3:25PM – 4:10PM||Mount Kimbie|
|2:00PM – 2:45PM||Leikeli47|
|12:50PM – 1:30PM||Tauk|
|7:30PM – 8:15PM||Bridgette Everett|
|7:25PM – 7:30PM||Martin Urbano|
|7:05PM – 7:25PM||Tony Hinchcliffe|
|7:00PM – 7:05PM||Martin Urbano|
|6:45PM – 7:00PM||Jo Firestone|
|6:30PM – 6:45PM||Martin Urbano|
|4:30PM – 6:00PM||Pod Save America|
|2:30PM – 3:30PM||Natalie Portman & Friends|
|Sunday May 27, 2018|
|9:10PM – 10:50PM||Eminem|
|6:50PM – 7:50PM||Mike D (DJ Set)|
|5:00PM – 5:50PM||Thundercat|
|3:10PM – 4:00PM||Pond|
|1:35PM – 2:15PM||Weakened Friends|
|7:55PM – 9:05PM||Khalid|
|5:55PM – 6:45PM||Stormzy|
|4:05PM – 4:55PM||Alvvays|
|2:20PM – 3:05PM||Taylor Bennett|
|1:00PM – 1:30PM||STL GLD|
|Delta Blue Stage|
|7:55PM – 9:05PM||Fleet Foxes|
|6:05PM – 7:05PM||The Decemberists|
|4:35PM – 5:25PM||Julien Baker|
|3:10PM – 3:55PM||Dirty Projectors|
|2:00PM – 2:40PM||Zola Jesus|
|1:00PM – 1:30PM||Field Report|
|6:00PM – 6:45PM||David Cross|
|5:55PM – 6:00PM||Martin Urbano|
|5:35PM – 5:55PM||Cameron Esposito|
|5:30PM – 5:35PM||Martin Urbano|
|5:15PM – 5:50PM||Max Silverstri|
|5:00PM – 5:15PM||Martin Urbano|
|3:00PM – 4:00PM||Natalie Portman & Friends|
An image of the Boston Calling 2018 performance schedule can be found here.
As always, Boston Calling’s 2018 lineup is curated by Aaron Dessner of The National and features a strikingly deep roster of talent from various genres. From world-renowned superstars to Grammy winners and nominees to buzzworthy local artists on the rise, this year’s festival will offer fans an incredible amount of options over the course of its three days. Fans are bound to experience performances from both must-see acts and exciting newcomers.
Boston Calling kicks off on Friday, May 25 with performances by chart-topping rockers The Killers and 2018 Grammy award winning bands The National and Portugal. The Man. Saturday, May 26 will include performances by the multi-talented and 12-time Grammy award-winner Jack White, who recently released his third solo album Boarding House, as well as rock masterminds Queens of the Stone Age and Boston’s very own Belly. Sunday, May 27 will be packed with show-stopping performances by 19-year old platinum-selling prodigy Khalid and record-breaking hip-hop legend Eminem, who will close out the festival with his first New England show since 2005.
Friday’s lineup will also be packed with celebrated indie and alternative acts such as Paramore, and Maggie Rogers. Hip-hop phenomenon Tyler, The Creator and cult-favorite, genre-bending icon St. Vincent will take the stage on Saturday, followed by a wide range of impressive talent on Sunday with performances by Fleet Foxes, Stormzy, Julien Baker, and Zola Jesus.
SPECIAL PROGRAMMING & COMEDY
In addition to each day’s eclectic musical lineups, Academy award-winning actress, producer and director Natalie Portman will curate and host a series of special programming, held indoors at the festival’s arena. The wildly popular and politically charged podcast Pod Save America will take place in the arena on Saturday with Lovett or Leave It taking to the stage on Friday. Cameron Esposito, Martin Urbano, and David Cross and a full day of star-studded comedians, will perform on Sunday.
FOOD & DRINK
The 2018 food and drink lineup is the festival’s largest to date. With over 150 menu items to choose from this year, the festival rolls out a lineup of incredible new restaurants, chefs and food vendors alongside several returning favorites. Plenty of local and international craft beers and wines will round out this year’s menu.
Boston Calling’s food & drink offerings in General Admission and VIP will be folded directly into the festival’s expanded layout this year, allowing festival goers to catch performances while choosing from over 35 local restaurants and vendors. There will be 11 new additions including Area Four, Commonwealth,
Returning all-star eateries and dishes in General Admission include The Smoke Shop, Moyzilla, Stone and Skillet, and Zinneken’s Belgian Waffles. The festival also welcomes back El Pelon Taqueria, FoMu, Tasty Burger, and Whole Heart Provisions.
For Boston Calling VIP and Platinum ticketholders, a select menu from acclaimed Boston restaurants and chefs will be available. VIP’s new “Boardwalk Lounge” will feature menus by Will Gilson, Chef and owner of
To pair with all of the deliciousness at this year’s festival, Boston Calling will once again offer a vast assortment of beers and wines in both General Admission and VIP, including Samuel Adams, Miller Lite, Miller High Life, Mikkeller Craft Beer Bar, and a selection of Barefoot Wines. VIP and Platinum ticketholders will be treated to specially curated bars in which they’ll be able to order from several different top shelf spirits, during limited serving hours, including Hendricks Gin, Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, Brugal Rum, and Partida Tequila. A variety of sodas, and bottled water will be available for purchase throughout the entire festival. In addition, several free water stations will be onsite at Boston Calling for attendees who bring a factory sealed water bottle or empty beverage container. The complete food and drink lineup can be viewed at www.bostoncalling.com/food/
THE 2018 LAYOUT – NEW IMPROVEMENTS AND DESIGN
Boston Calling’s new layout, features and improvements include additional entrance lanes, stronger wi-fi, more activations and art installations, bigger video screens, several new food vendors, expanded craft brewing options, a brand new 20,000 square foot VIP & Platinum lounge, and an all new Platinum level viewing experience. A new sound system is being deployed on all stages, designed to provide a better experience for attendees, as well as mitigate sound bleed in surrounding communities.
World-acclaimed festival designer, artist and sculptor Russ Bennett is back to bring a reimagined look and aesthetic to 2018’s festival. In 2017, he wowed the Boston Calling crowd with clever art installations and thought-provoking spectacles. Bennett is most known for creating the layout and visual design for such world-renowned festivals as Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, as well as for being the artistic brains behind many of Phish’s shows.
BOSTON CALLING FILM FESTIVAL
Boston Calling adds to its music, comedy and arts programming with the first ever
Three-Day and Single Day General Admission, Single Day VIP and Platinum VIP Passes are on sale at www.bostoncalling.com.
General Admission Three-Day Passes are available for $289 plus fees;General Admission Single-Day Passes are available at
VIP Single-Day Passes are available for
Platinum Single-Day Passes are available for
Visit bostoncalling.com/tickets for further details.
Private elevated Skybox lounges are also available for up to 50 people; details and pricing are available upon request.
Boston Calling is proud to have
The link to the 2018 Boston Calling press kit can be found here.
Getting There: Boston Calling is best accessed by the T on the Red Line’s
Social Media: Instagram: @bostoncalling; Twitter: @boston_calling; Facebook: Boston Calling Music Festival
Boston Calling is produced by Boston Calling Events LLC (BCE) which is owned by Crash Line Productions and The
Crash Line Productions is a Boston-based entertainment production company that owns and produces dozens of events each year. Formed in 2012 by Brian Appel and Mike Snow, Boston Calling Events continues to build its event platform around Boston Calling Music Festival, Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Copenhagen Beer & Music Festival.