Today we have exciting news about something entirely new that will be happening at this May’s edition of the Boston Calling music festival, which will take place on the weekend of the 27th, 28th and 29th.  For the first time ever, the festival will feature a third stage on Saturday and Sunday, which will focus entirely on local talent.  Two different bands will play each night with five comedians each performing on both days.  This is the first time that Boston Calling will feature comedians and the addition of this third stage is fantastic news for the Boston arts and entertainment community.  Interestingly, the stage will have a host in the form of Boston’s own brilliant comedian Lamont Price, who’ll be performing both days as well.  This stage will overlap with the performances on the red and blue stages, giving attendees the option to choose their entertainment at any given time.  The line up is as follows:

Saturday May 28, 2016

Lamont Price
Ken Reid
Sean Sullivan
Orlando Baxter
Kelly McFarland

Lady Pills

Sunday May 29, 2016

Lamont Price
Ken Reid
Sean Sullivan
Orlando Baxter
Kelly McFarland

These Wild Plains
Black Beach

The third stage will be located on the Washington Mall side of City Hall Plaza. Boston Calling’s two main stages will feature a 23-act lineup of some of the best music artists in the world including, Sia, Robyn, Disclosure, Sufjan Stevens ODESZA, Miike Snow, City and Colour and more.

The day-by-day schedule for Boston Calling May 2016’s Red & Blue main stages is as follows. Performance times are forthcoming. *Artists are subject to change.

Friday May 27, 2016
Sufjan Stevens
Lisa Hannigan and Aaron Dessner

Saturday May 28, 2016
Miike Snow
City and Colour
Courtney Barnett
The Vaccines

Sunday May 29, 2016
Janelle Monáe
Elle King
The Front Bottoms
Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires
Vince Staples
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Christine and the Queens
Michael Christmas

Tickets: Tickets are on sale now at Two-Day, Saturday/Sunday General Admission Tickets are $160, Two-Day Saturday/Sunday VIP Tickets are $325. Single Day Tickets for Friday are $60 for General Admission and $150 for VIP. Single Day Tickets for Saturday and Sunday alike are $85 for General Admission and $185 for VIP. A limited number of General Admission Three-Day passes and VIP Three-Day passes are available for $185 and $375, respectively.

Social Media: Follow the festival on social media: Instagram: @boston_calling; Twitter: @boston_calling; Facebook: Boston Calling Music Festival

About Boston Calling: Boston Calling has earned the praise of over 250,000 fans since its first edition in May of 2013 and has received glowing reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone and The Boston Globe for everything from its versatile lineup to its quality of production. Boston Magazine wrote, “In less than three years, Boston Calling has become not just the city’s biggest music festival, but one of Boston’s most iconic events. A three-day party in the heart of Government Center, it’s been a cross-genre, cross-generational success.” Set on a hill in Downtown Boston and with the city’s skyline as its backdrop, Boston Calling’s locale at City Hall Plaza continues to offer the ideal urban festival vibe. Production highlights include two primary performance stages with non-overlapping sets, festival-wide beer experiences from the locally founded and based Samuel Adams, a food pavilion comprised of locally and nationally known food vendors, along with world-class lighting, special effects and design. Boston Calling also features a VIP component whereby VIP ticketholders have access to City Hall Courtyard, a 25,000 square foot Mezzanine offering prime views of both stages as well as curated food menus and amenities.


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An entertainment journalist for 20 years, Michael McCarthy was a columnist and contributing editor for the magazines Lollipop and LiveWire. He co-created and wrote for Cinezine, one of the '90's most popular movie E-zines. The only time he's not listening to music is when he's watching television shows and movies or reading, usually music magazines.

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