It’s no secret that since its inception Boston Calling has been on a mission to grow. With each festival they’ve introduced new ideas, excitedly making their mark and bringing the brilliance of live music back into Boston. Their latest exercise in growth has included a stage dedicated entirely to comedy, which will debut at this Memorial Day Weekend’s festival. Now, in an exciting new move, the festival will be relocating to the Harvard University Athletics Complex in Allston beginning May 2017. They will also be eliminating the September edition that has run for 3 years, instead focusing all their efforts on a once a year festival each year on Memorial Day Weekend.
With the new move comes new programming including the addition of film and visual art to their music and comedy lineup. They’ll build upon their lineup of music with Aaron Dessner continuing as music curator and expanding their comedic programming, as well as introducing a new film festival segment curated by Academy Award-winning actress, producer and director Natalie Portman.
Speaking about the transition, Brian Appel, Co-Founder and CEO of Crash Line Productions and Boston Calling, said, “Since 2013, we have enjoyed three successful years and six festivals at City Hall Plaza. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to call City Hall the festival’s home. This change of location will allow us to expand and enrich Boston Calling while still keeping it proudly located in Boston. Before we move, however, we plan to host a fantastic festival on the Plaza this weekend, and look to continue to produce a range of other events on the plaza for years to come, beginning with Copenhagen Beer Celebration this September.”
You can find this weekend’s schedule and last minute tickets here. Tell us your thoughts in the comments—what do you think of this change? Are you as excited as we are for the expansion of an already incredible festival?