Boston, MA – Boston Calling returns with a heavy hitting lineup this September 5, 6 and 7, 2014 at the city’s historic City Hall Plaza [One City Hall Square, Boston, Massachusetts]. Produced by Crash Line Productions, Boston Calling will once again deliver 22 live performances this September.  A limited number of tickets are still available for purchase at

WHAT’S NEW: Boston Calling will welcome three new and dynamic components to September’s festival.

  • SAMUEL ADAMS OCTOBERFEST: Boston Calling ticketholders who are 21+ will now be able to enjoy the festival in true Samuel Adams Octoberfest style, including its popular seasonal beer, stein-hoisting competitions, and traditional German Fare such as warm pretzels and grilled sausages. Fans are encouraged to dust off their German lederhosen and dirndls, and come to Boston Calling dressed in costume to partake in this annual Octoberfest bash within the festival. Attendees can capture the memory in a Samuel Adams Octoberfest photo booth and enjoy lawn games in a beer hall setting.
  • ART ON DISPLAY: This summer through its Blank Canvas art contest, Boston Calling gave artists around the country the chance to create 36×60” works of art inspired by the festival. Five winners were chosen: Corey Corcoran, Eric Byers, Kyle Hebert, Michelle Stevens, and Tim Murley. Their winning works will be displayed at the festival and each artist received $1,000 (including $250 for supplies) and two 3-day VIP Passes.
  • VIP FOOD BY THE CITIZEN PUBLIC HOUSE: Citizen Public House, located in Boston, will be setting the bar high with a complimentary bites served in the VIP area and inspired by the season. The menu includes Chilled fall vegetables with hummus, Thai veggie spring rolls, Chilled soba noodles with lime marinated shrimp, Hand carved pastrami on toasted rye, and Toasted red quinoa with green apples and grapes.
PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS: As with the festival’s three previous editions, September’s lineup was co-curated by Aaron Dessner, the acclaimed songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of The National. After playing to a sold out crowd at the inaugural Boston Calling in May 2013, The National is back to headline and joining them at the top of the bill are 2014 Grammy winner and global vocal sensation, Lorde, The Replacements, back for their first Boston show since 1991, Nas, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of his debut album Illmatic and collaborating with The Roots, who will also perform their own set, and indie rock cult favorites Neutral Milk Hotel.

FESTIVAL HISTORY: Boston Calling has earned the praise of nearly 130,000 fans between its first editions in May 2013, September 2013, and May 2014. Glowing reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone and The Boston Globe noted everything from its versatile lineup to its quality of production. Perched on a hill in Downtown Boston and with the city’s skyscrapers encircling its grounds, Boston Calling’s locale at City Hall Plaza offers the ideal urban festival vibe. Producers will enhance this environment with two performance stages, Samuel Adams 30th anniversary and Octoberfest celebration, a food pavilion comprised of food trucks and local food vendors, and world-class lighting and design. Boston Calling will also feature a VIP component whereby VIP ticketholders have access to City Hall Courtyard, a 25,000 square foot, second-floor Mezzanine offering prime views of both stages as well as curated menus and amenities. Music fans will be able to choose from 50 dishes and beers, including those from local food trucks.

SEPTEMBER LINEUP: Boston Calling’s September 2014 line-up is as follows. For full enjoyment, there are no overlapping sets.


Future Islands

Neutral Milk Hotel

The National


St. Nothing



S. Carey


Sky Ferreira


The Hold Steady

Volcano Choir

Girl Talk


Childish Gambino


Gentlemen Hall

San Fermin

White Denim

The War On Drugs

Lake Street Dive

Twenty One Pilots

The 1975



The Replacements

Nas x The Roots

For more details about Boston Calling, please visit online and follow Boston Calling on Twitter, @Boston_Calling, Instagram, @Boston_Calling, and Facebook

Ticket Information: General Admission tickets are still available for purchase at VIP tickets have sold out for all three days.

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, Crash Line Productions continues to build its event platform around its flagship event, the semi-annual Boston Calling Music Festival.

City Hall Plaza is located at One City Hall Square in downtown Boston. The festival is accessible via the city’s T, at the Park Street stop on the Red Line, the State Street stop on the Orange or Blue line or the Haymarket stop on the Green line. The 92 and 93 buses also stop outside of City Hall Plaza on Congress Street.

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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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