The Killers, Jack White, and Eminem are just some of the big names that will make their way to Boston in May for the ninth annual Boston Calling Festival. On Thursday (Jan. 4), Boston Calling joined Coachella and the Governors Ball by unveiling their lineup for the 2018 edition of the music festival. Joining the aforementioned musicians on the lineup will be Queens of the Stone Age, Paramore, Tyler, The Creator, Khalid, Portugal. The Man, Fleet Foxes, St. Vincent, The Decemberists, Manchester Orchestra, The Menzingers, Citizen, and more.
Also on the bill will be “feminist protest punk rock” band Pussy Riot. The Russian group’s appearance at Boston Calling will mark their second-ever performance at a United States music festival. Back in December, the group made their U.S. debut when they performed at Houston’s Day for Night Festival. As with the previous years, The National’s Aaron Dessner will once again curate the event.
In addition to long list of musical acts, festival organizers also announced a slew of non-music-centric events. Comedians like Jenny Slate, Cameron Esposito, Max Silvestri, Tony Hinchliffe, and others will appear at the weekend-long event while podcasts such as
Pod Save America and Lovett or Leave It will tape live at the festival.
During last year’s event, Natalie Portman was supposed to launch a film festival, but this year, it looks like the Academy Award winner will return with “a series of special programming” even though no specific details were given about what that special programming would be.
Currently, early bird tickets are available on Boston Calling’s website here. Once all the early bird tickets sell out, the ticket prices will increase to its normal prices.
Boston Calling will take place during the weekend of May 25 – 27 at its relatively new home at the Harvard Athletic Complex. Last year, the music festival moved from its longtime home of City Hall Plaza in Boston to the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, Massachusetts.