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Here's Who Is Playing At Boston Calling This Year

The entrance to Boston Calling as seen during 2018's festival. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
The entrance to Boston Calling as seen during 2018's festival. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
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Alt-rock musical duo Twenty One Pilots, Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala and rapper Travis Scott will be headlining this year's Boston Calling. The Memorial Day weekend music festival announced its lineup Thursday, with names like Greta Van Fleet, Anderson .Paak and Mitski in the mix as well.

This comes amid a slew of other music festivals announcing their lineups, which could give us a sense of how the season will go. Governor's Ball in New York City will be headlined by The Strokes, Florence and the Machine, and Tyler, The Creator. Tennessee's Bonnaroo is led by a Phish comeback, Childish Gambino, Post Malone and The Lumineers. Coachella, in southern California, will have Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Ariana Grande on the big stages.

The three-day annual Boston festival is calling the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston home for the third year in a row. In addition to the touring acts, locally-bred groups include the stalwarts of Guster, post-hardcore band Pile, breakout indie singer Clairo and the bandcamp phenom Sidney Gish.

For the comedy stage, Michael Che — the "Saturday Night Live" comedian known locally for his denouncement of Boston as the "most racist city I've ever been to" — joins Jenny Slate, Fred Armisen, Melissa Villaseñor, Mariana Franklin, Sam Jay and Lamont Price. In addition to its established comedy showcase, the festival is partnering for the first time with the Boston Ballet for a series of performances.

Here's the full lineup:

Musical Lineup

Friday, May 24

Twenty One Pilots
Greta Van Fleet
Lord Huron
Christine and the Queens
Tank and the Bangas
Mura Masa
Gang of Youths
Pale Waves
Beer Hands
Adia Victoria

Saturday, May 25

Tame Impala
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
Big Red Machine
King Princess
Denzel Curry
Lil Nas X
Princess Nokia
Betty Who
White Reaper
Sidney Gish

Sunday, May 26

Travis Scott
Brandi Carlile
Sheck Wes
Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Chromeo (DJ set)
Snail Mail
Ravyn Lenae
Cautious Clay
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Kilo Kish
Easy Life

Comedy & Entertainment Lineup

Friday, May 24

Fred Armisen
Sam Jay
Lamont Price

Saturday, May 25

Jenny Slate
Imogen Heap
Boston Ballet
Marina Franklin
Lamont Price

Sunday, May 26

Michael Che
Imogen Heap
Boston Ballet
Melissa Villaseñor
Lamont Price

Editor's Note: We updated this post on May 22 to reflect the most recent information about the festival's lineup.

This article was originally published on January 10, 2019.


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