Boston Calling Music Festival unveils 2019 lineup


Celebrating its 10th edition this year, Boston Calling unveiled it 2019 lineup this morning.

The internationally acclaimed and locally grown music festival takes place Memorial Day weekend, May 24 – 26, 2019 at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, MA (65 North Harvard Street, Boston).

Headlined by Twenty One Pilots, Travis Scott, and Tame Impala, Boston Calling 2019 will present more than 55 performances from musicians, bands, and comedians across its four stages.

This year, the festival’s indoor arena will also showcase an all-star lineup of comedy, headlined by Michael Che, Jenny Slate, and Fred Armisen. Overall, the lineup boasts seven 2019 Grammy nominees including Anderson .Paak, Janelle Monáe, and Brandi Carlile, who is nominated for six awards. In a unique collaboration, the festival will also bring Boston Ballet, one of the world’s most renowned dance companies, to the festival. 

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For its 10th edition, Boston Calling has gone above and beyond to bring together some of the most talented artists the world has to offer. Alt-rock superstars Twenty One Pilots, hip-hop phenom Travis Scott, and the multi-talented psychedelic rockers Tame Impala lead a standout lineup that features Odesza; Logic; Greta Van Fleet; Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals; Hozier; Janelle Monáe; Brandi Carlile; Lord Huron; Sheck Wes; Rainbow Kitten Surprise; Christine and the Queens; Big Red Machine, the exciting and experimental collaboration between musicians Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Aaron Dessner of The National; King Princess; Black Star, the hip-hop duo of Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) and Talib Kweli; and many more.

Each year, the festival crafts a lineup that celebrates both heavy hitters and breakout stars from the Boston area. This year, local and regional acts include Boston’s own alt-rock favorites Guster; indie-rock band Pile; 2018 Boston Music Awards Pop Artist of the Year, Clairo from Carlisle, MA; and up-and-coming singer-songwriter and current student at Northeastern University, Sidney Gish.

Boston Calling’s comedy and entertainment programming, held indoors at the festival’s arena, will feature several all-star comedians including Saturday Night Live’sMichael Che; the incomparable actress and author, Jenny Slate; former SNL cast member and star of TV’s Portlandia, Fred Armisen; SNL’s Melissa Villaseñor; Marina Franklin; and Boston hometown favorites, Sam Jay and Lamont Price. Celebrated English singer-songwriter and Grammy winner Imogen Heap will take to the arena stage to present a special spoken word performance featuring her groundbreaking Mi.Mu gloves, a revolutionary technology that produces sound by capturing movement and hand gestures. Heap, who most recently released her score for the Harry Potter musical, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, returns to Boston for the first time in nine years.

A folder of Boston Calling 2019 artist images and highlight images from the previous nine festivals can be found here.

2019 Music Lineup
Twenty One Pilots
Travis Scott
Tame Impala
Greta Van Fleet
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
Janelle Monáe
Brandi Carlile
Lord Huron
Sheck Wes
Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Christine and the Queens
Big Red Machine
King Princess
Black Star
Tank and the Bangas
Mura Masa
Denzel Curry
Princess Nokia
Chromeo (DJ set)
Snail Mail
Ravyn Lenae
Gang of Youths
Young Fathers
Cautious Clay
Pale Waves
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
White Reaper
Sidney Gish
Kilo Kish
Sasha Sloan
Adia Victoria
Easy Life

2019 Comedy & Entertainment 
Michael Che
Jenny Slate
Fred Armisen
Imogen Heap
Boston Ballet
Melissa Villaseñor 
Sam Jay
Marina Franklin
Lamont Price

Further details on Boston Calling’s visual art as well as more information about the festival’s food and drink components will be shared in the coming months.

Tickets will be available in a tiered pricing structure this year, with lowest priced tickets on sale beginning today, and gradually increasing as the festival draws closer.  A limited number of ANNOUNCE DAY GA, VIP and Platinum tickets to Boston Calling are also available today, Thursday, January 10, 2019, at 10:00am EST at, and will be available for 24 hours or while supplies last.  Regular priced Tier 1 tickets will be available after ANNOUNCE DAY tickets sell out.