Boston Calling, the acclaimed three-day festival poised to make its triumphant return to Allston, MA this Memorial Day Weekend, May 27 – 29, 2022, announces its full lineup today. Headlining the festival are rock & roll icons Metallica; alternative rockers The Strokes, playing their first show in Boston since 2006; and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Foo Fighters. These three powerful rock bands will lead a lineup of over 50 performers, including the largest collection of regional talent ever to take the stage at Boston Calling. The 2022 bill features an incredibly diverse mix of globally recognized music stars, including Rüfüs Du Sol, Weezer, HAIM, Run The Jewels, Glass Animals, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Avril Lavigne, Black Pumas, Modest Mouse, Goose, Cheap Trick, Oliver Tree, EARTHGANG, Orville Peck, The Struts, and many more. The entire lineup can be found below, listed by day.
“We are so thrilled to bring Boston Calling back, and we cannot thank our loyal fans enough for supporting us as we navigated the pandemic. This year’s lineup is particularly special for us. It not only signifies a return to the things we love, but it also celebrates some of the world’s most renowned acts, exciting up-and-comers, and Boston’s talented music scene. Knowing how much Boston musicians endured during the pandemic, it was very important to us that Boston Calling 2022 shine a spotlight on local and regional artists more than ever before. We are really looking forward to seeing everyone come together on Memorial Day Weekend,” said Boston Calling Events, LLC (BCE), Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Brian Appel.
2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and multi-GRAMMY Award winners Foo Fighters will headline the festival on Friday, May 27th. The Strokes, leaders of garage rock revival and 2021 GRAMMY winners for “Best Rock Album,” will headline Saturday, May 28th. 2009 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and multi-GRAMMY Award winning rockers Metallica will close out Boston Calling with a headlining performance on Sunday, May 29th.
The excitement extends past the headliners and offers festivalgoers the chance to fall in love with new sounds. Look for Ripe, Japanese Breakfast, KennyHoopla, Paris Jackson, Cults, Celisse, The Backseat Lovers, Sudan Archives, Peach Tree Rascals, Hinds, Grandson, Horsegirl, Paris Texas, Frances Forever, Djo, Mob Rich, and more.
Boston Calling is proud to share that 18 acts with New England ties will be performing throughout the weekend, including such up-and-coming artists as Van Buren Records, Cam Meekins, Born Without Bones, Avenue, Ali McGuirk, Crooked Coast, Aaron and the Lord, Miranda Rae, Coral Moons, Paper Tigers, Dutch Tulips, The Chelsea Curve, Frances Forever, Oompa, Julie Rhodes, Charlotte Sands, Pom Pom Squad and Cliff Notez.
“I’m about to be on one of Boston’s biggest stages with a bunch of my friends throughout the day. To say we dreamed of this at some point is an understatement, we’re all looking forward to giving fans some of the most amazing performances we’ve ever seen. Wait until you see what we have up our sleeve!” said local Boston hip-hop artist Cliff Notez.
Boston Calling once again promises an exceptional experience, from its iconic mix of musical performances to its commitment to showcasing new forms of entertainment and extensive food and drink offerings.
This year, the festival will expand its offerings in the VIP and Platinum tiers. An all-new VIP lounge will become an oasis within the festival featuring full bars and unique amenities. Fans can also expect newly enhanced viewing areas within the VIP and Platinum sections, including a new double-decker VIP experience with dramatic views of both the Red Stage and Green Stage, and an expanded viewing deck within the Platinum section where menus by some of Boston’s best chefs will be served throughout each day. Platinum pass holders will also have access to a full specially priced bar featuring premium beer, fine wine and craft cocktails, a daily gifting suite with complimentary products, and a daily complimentary parking pass (3-day passholders only). More information on the festival’s VIP and nearly sold-out Platinum experiences can be found on Boston Calling’s website.
A limited number of 3-Day General Admission tickets ($369.99), 3-Day VIP tickets ($999.99), and 3-Day Platinum tickets ($1,999.99) are on sale now at www.bostoncalling.com. A special limited 2-pack of 3-Day GA tickets ($699.99) is also available.
More details on The Arena, as well as on the festival’s food and drink components, will be announced in the coming months.
2022 Boston Calling Lineup
The day-by-day lineup for Boston Calling 2022 is as follows (performance times are forthcoming):
Friday, May 27, 2022
Rüfüs Du Sol
The Backseat Lovers
Pom Pom Squad
Born Without Bones
The Chelsea Curve
Saturday, May 28, 2022
Run The Jewels
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Van Buren Records
Sunday, May 29, 2022
Peach Tree Rascals
Aaron and the Lord
A folder of artist press images along with Boston Calling 2022 creative and highlight images and b-roll from previous years’ festivals can be found here.
To follow the festival online, visit www.bostoncalling.com; @bostoncalling on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Getting There: Boston Calling is best accessed by the T on the Red Line’s Harvard Square stop; from there, it is a short walk to the festival’s main entrance. Boston Calling will be coordinating with taxi and rideshare programs for safe and easy pickup and drop off points. There will also be bike racks available onsite.
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