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Boston Calling Music Festival Canceled Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Boston Calling Music Festival has officially been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a statement issued Tuesday, March 31.

The announcement states it took weeks to come to a decision with local and state officials, but the health of staff, festival-goers, vendors and performers took precedent.

Rage Against the Machine, Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers were set to headline this year’s festivities during Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-24, at Harvard University’s Athletic Complex. It would have been Rage Against the Machine’s first performance together in nearly a decade.

According to the announcement, ticket holders will be contacted in the coming weeks about options for refunds or rollover tickets for next year’s festival, which will take place March 28-30, 2021.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated the 2020 dates of the festival. 

Christian Burno Arts Fellow
Christian Burno is the arts reporting fellow for The ARTery, WBUR’s arts and culture team.


Dianna Bell Twitter Producing Editor, The ARTery
Dianna Bell is the producing editor for WBUR's arts and culture vertical, the ARTery.


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