Have you already attended every music festival you can think of? Popped up at Panorama and Governor’s Ball too many times and are looking for a new thrill? Already have your Coachella tickets complete with body glitter and an Air BnB listed as a “beachside property” (we’re sorry to tell you that it’s really a tent on the side of a pond)? Just looking for a new concert to attend in a new place? There’s an answer to your summer music festival prayers, and it takes place in one of the biggest musical hotbeds on the planet: Boston.
Yeah, you heard right. The northeastern part of the country isn’t just known for Nantucket and fire lobster—it also has a really cool music scene (shouts to Providence, R.I.). But as great as the scene is, for years there wasn’t a festival that the area could call its own, like how Philly can claim the Roots Picnic, and Austin, Tex., can claim Austin City Limits.
Enter the Boston Calling Music Festival (BCMF). Created in 2013, the BCMF was once a bi-annual event, occurring in May and September of each year at Boston’s City Hall Plaza. The festival has grown in popularity over the years, bringing more than 20,000 attendees to the area. This prompted organizers to convert it to one festival per year in 2016, and move the location to the Harvard Athletic Complex in nearby Allston. The move increases the performance area for the festival, and adds space for comedy performances and other curated programs, allowing the producers to bring in a diverse collection of talent for concertgoers to experience.
The lineup for this year’s BCMF will include Eminem, The Killers, and Jack White as headliners. Other big name acts include Tyler, The Creator, Bryson Tiller, Khalid, Daniel Caesar and Stormzy. The festival will take place May 25-27, and early bird tickets are already on sale. Check out the full list of performers below.