Preparing for Spring Boston Calling 2015

Posted May 22, 2015 by Jon Erik Christianson in Theater & Arts
Boston Calling 2015

Twice a year, the Boston Calling Music Festival descends upon a city not particularly known for a thriving entertainment scene. This cultural phenomenon unites fans from different musical genres, age groups, and preferences under the sole banner of rocking out to great music. Boston Calling’s spring installment arrives this weekend, from May 22nd-24th.

A total of 23 different acts will be taking to the stages of City Hall Plaza at Government Center. Headlining acts include Beck, Album of the Year Grammy winner of 2015; My Morning Jacket, a Kentucky-based band known for psychedelic southern rock; and the Pixies, a breakout Boston rock band.

Not all of Boston Calling’s acts belong to the rock genre, however. Other highly-anticipated numbers include radio sensation Tove Lo, pop megastar Marina and the Diamonds, and country crooner Jason Isbell.

Since our preview of the event earlier this year, the lineup has changed only slightly. Due to scheduling conflicts, soul collective Jungle and Swedish alternative rock band Grizfolk both had to drop out of this season’s roster. They have been replaced by the Los Angeles-based hip-hop artist ILoveMakonnen and indie pop singer Halsey.

The event has also released the schedule of which acts will be performing on which days.

On Friday, Beck, Tame Impala, and Sharon Van Etten will perform.

Saturday’s lineup features My Morning Jacket, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, St. Vincent, Marina and the Diamonds, Gerard Way, Tove Lo, Run the Jewels, MØ, DMA’s, and Krill.

Sunday rounds out with the Pixies, Tenacious D (starring popular actor and comedian Jack Black), TV on the Radio, Vance Joy, Jason Isbell, Chet Faker, The Lone Bellow, ILoveMakonnen, Halsey, and the Ballroom Thieves.

All performances will take place on one of the event’s two stages, the JetBlue Stage and the Red Stage, which are surrounded by a variety of food and retail services. Unlike most music festivals, Boston Calling accommodates fans of all ages and is generally considered a family friendly affair.

Eight of the event’s ten ticket options are still available; as of writing, the 3-Day VIP Pass and 1-Day VIP Friday Pass are sold out. All other combinations, for now, remain for sale.

General admission tickets grant entrance to the festival, whereas the VIP experience offers more posh arrangements. Perks to the VIP passes include access to the VIP lounge (away from the crowds), fine hors d’oeuvres, private bar and restrooms, an exclusive entrance, an elevated view of the JetBlue Stage, and other amenities.

Attendees of the spring event will also have exclusive, premier access to Boston Calling’s fall lineup announcement. The fall show is currently scheduled for September 25th-27th.

Festival fans need not worry about a musical drought between spring and fall events, however. From May 7th to September 17th, the people behind Boston Calling are organizing a series of Thursday night block parties. Each party, which is 21+ age only, will feature a different local band accompanied by a cash bar at either Dewey Square Park or Summer Street Plaza.

This weekend marks the beginning of Boston’s sweet summer of music.