Boston Calling Downtown Music Festival Announces Spring Lineup

Posted January 25, 2016 by Erica Marchant in Theater & Arts
Boston Calling 2015

You know Spring isn’t too far away when Boston Calling announces the lineup for its Memorial Day music festival—giving us something to look forward too! A diverse list with the best musicians and artists around the world will hit the stage in May. City Hall Plaza will boom and gyrate with sounds from the exceptional performers traveling from places like the UK, California and New York.

The Memorial Day weekend spectacular happening May 27, 28, and 29 will flourish with plenty of beer, wine and food to accompany the music.  For three days, musicians and artists will liven up City Hall Plaza and Boston Calling is hinting to surprises happening throughout the event (maybe a big name they haven’t yet announced).

This year’s list of performers includes big names in the music industry and a local nod to Boston’s own.

Disclosure, the 2014 Grammy nominated brothers from the United Kingdom, create House, Dance, and Electronica music. Festival goers will hope to hear some songs from their new album, Caracal, mixed in with their first album hits.

Elle King is the daughter of Rob Schneider and London King, and a former Saturday Night Live cast member. This Billboard alternative chart topper gained her love of music listening to the Donna’s, a 90’s all-female punk rock band.

The Vaccines is an indie rock band based out of London. Together over 15 years, they are often compared to Jesus and Mary Chain and the Strokes.

Vince Staples, a rapper and one of the Cutthroat Boys, hails from Long Beach, California. In October of 2014 his debut album, Hell Can Wait, included the popular singles “Blue Suede” and  “Hands Up”.

France’s Christine and the Queens is an electronic pop project of songwriter, singer, and dancer Héloïse Létissier. Létissier, influenced by the theater, David Bowie and Michael Jackson’s dance choreography,  combines impressive and passionate music with amazing multimedia presentations.

Michael Christmas, comedian and rapper, pokes fun at everyday life’s quirks and awkward moments. At 20 years old, his popularity is proven amongst the teen and early twenty-something rap lovers.

Lizzo, the Minneapolis singer and rapper, channels a little Missy Elliot into her hard sounds. Originally from Texas, she is one member of Cornroll Clique. Lizzo is part of the indie scene with performers like Doomtree and Marijuana Deathsquads.

Palehound, an old-fashioned grunge, ’90s-style indie rock extravaganza by songwriter, singer and guitarist Ellen Kempner, is a local Boston based performer. Kempner wrote her first songs by age ten. She sings with confession and purpose and her influences include Elliott Smith and Kim Deal.

Odesza, with Catacombkid (Harrison Mills ) and Clayton Knight, creates dream-like electronica with songs that often top many online retailers charts.

City and Colour is a globe-trotting, album producing band with Dallas Green at the mic. A meditative singer and songwriter, Green tries to reach down into your soul with his music.

Battles is an experiment of technology and artistry combined to make a music sensation. Using machines, they create heart-pounding techno beats.

Boston Calling is happening whether it’s a sunny or rainy day, so go prepared. Loaded with multiple stages and layers of entertainment, the event is an all age, three-day party of music, food and fun. Children under 10 get in free. Their website lists a host of items that cannot be brought into the stadium and items not to forget, like sunscreen!

Tickets are on sale now. You can purchase general admission or VIP passes for the three days only. While many festivals might offer tickets to one or all days of an event, Boston Calling is a weekend commitment.