Nov 11, 2014; Cambridge, MA, USA; An aerial view of the Harvard athletic complex and Harvard Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-Harvard University

Nov 11, 2014; Cambridge, MA, USA; An aerial view of the Harvard athletic complex and Harvard Stadium. Photo Credit: Greg M. Cooper-Harvard University


If SXSW, Austin City Limits, Sundance Film Festival, or Coachella ever felt out of reach to Massachusetts locals, Boston Calling founders Brian Appel and Mike Snow have found a solution.

Last week it was announced that Boston Calling would be revamping its festival and moving to the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston in May of 2017. The annual event will now take place just once a year, on Memorial Day weekend, and feature more music stages than ever before.

But Boston Calling will now be far more than an eclectic music festival. The May 2017 Allston expansion will offer movie stages, visual art displays, and the return of live comedy. Award-winning actress Natalie Portman has already signed off to curate Boston Calling’s film festival portion.

“This relocation will allow us to expand the capacity, range and diversity of the festival’s programming, adding additional performance spaces and cultivating a unique multi-disciplinary profile for the festival”, said music curator Aaron Dessner. “I am particularly excited about being able to include more underground and eclectic music and about our new partnership with Natalie Portman to develop a unique film component for the festival. We can’t wait to unveil the expanded festival next year.”



Boston Calling will release 1,000 Three-Day tickets for a special Superfan Pre-Sale taking place tomorrow, June 2nd with tickets on sale at 10am EST at Three-Day General Admission Tickets are $129 and Three-Day VIP Tickets are $229. These are the lowest ticket prices offered for May 2017’s festival and only 1,000 tickets will be made available at these special prices.


The May 2016 Boston Calling Music Festival featured performances from Sia, Robyn, Sufjan Stevens, The Front Bottoms, Haim, Vince Staples, Charles Bradley, Black Beach, These Wild Plains, and more. Photos from the three day celebration can be found here.


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