Boston Calling Announces Extensive 2018 Lineup

Boston Calling, one of the city’s most iconic events and one of the world’s largest metropolitan music festivals, announced its 2018 lineup today. The internationally acclaimed and locally grown music festival returns for its ninth edition and will take place at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, for the second consecutive year, on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 – 27, 2018.

The festival is headlined by EminemThe Killers, and Jack White, and will deliver over 54 performances from musicians, bands, and comedians across its three stages and the festival’s indoor arena. Adding to the excitement, Academy Award-winning actress, producer and director Natalie Portman is confirmed to curate and host a series of special programming at this year’s festival, with more details still to come.

A limited number of Early Bird tickets to Boston Calling are available today, Thursday, January 4, 2018, at 10:00am EST at, where regular priced tickets will be available after Early Bird tickets sell out. A map of Boston Calling’s 2018 layout, along with artist images from the 2018 lineup, can be found here.

“Each year we continue to push ourselves to bring fans the very best festival experience. With some new changes and features already announced for this year’s festival, and many more on the way, we are ready and excited to treat our fans to an incredible weekend of performances from some of the world’s most iconic music acts,” said Boston Calling Events, LLC (BCE), Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Brian Appel.

The 2018 Lineup

Boston Calling’s 2018 lineup is curated by Aaron Dessner of The National and features a strikingly deep roster across various genres. From world-renowned superstars to Grammy winners and nominees, to buzz-worthy local artists on the rise, this year’s festival will offer fans a vast amount of options over the course of its three days.

This year’s headliners include Eminem, who hasn’t performed in New England since 2005, chart toppers The Killers, and the multi-talented and 12-time Grammy award-winner Jack White, who recently announced he will release his new album, Boarding House Reach, in 2018.

Each year, the festival crafts a lineup that celebrates both heavy hitters and breakout stars while consistently expanding parameters of the music a festival should offer. 2018 is no exception, with Boston Calling’s lineup featuring Queens of the Stone Age; The National; Paramore; Tyler, The Creator; Khalid; Bryson Tiller; Portugal. The Man; Fleet Foxes; St. Vincent; The Decemberists; Brockhampton; Maggie Rogers; Royal Blood; Manchester Orchestra; Daniel Caesar; Thundercat; Stormzy; Pussy Riot; Julien Baker, and many more.

Local and regional acts will include Boston’s 90s alt-rock favorites Belly, indie rock trio Weakened Friends from Portland, Maine, and hip-hop up-and-comer STL GLD. Both Weakened Friends and STL GLD recently took home honors at the 2017 Boston Music Awards.

Boston Calling’s comedy and entertainment programming, held indoors at the festival’s arena, will expand with the addition of two wildly popular and politically charged podcasts: Pod Save America and Lovett or Leave It. The good times will roll with star-studded comedians Jenny Slate, a Boston local, Bridgett Everett, Cameron Esposito, Tony Hinchliffe, Jo Firestone, Max Silvestri, and Martin Urbano.

Complete 2018 Music Lineup:


The Killers

Jack White

Queens of the Stone Age

The National


Tyler, The Creator


Bryson Tiller

Portugal The Man

Fleet Foxes

St. Vincent

The Decemberists


Maggie Rogers

Royal Blood

Manchester Orchestra

Daniel Caesar

Dirty Projectors




Pussy Riot

Julien Baker


The Menzingers

Thee Oh Sees

Perfume Genius


(Sandy) Alex G

Big Thief

Mount Kimbie



Zola Jesus

Taylor Bennett

Westside Gunn & Conway

Charly Bliss


Field Report

Lillie Mae


This Is The Kit

Weakened Friends

Stl Gld

2018 Comedy & Entertainment:

Natalie Portman

Pod Save America

Lovett or Leave It

Jenny Slate

Bridget Everett

Cameron Esposito

Tony Hinchcliffe

Jo Firestone

Max Silvestri

Martin Urbano

Tickets:  Early Bird Three-Day General Admission, VIP and Platinum VIP Passes are on sale TODAY, January 4, 2018, at 10:00am EST at

Early Bird General Admission Three-Day Passes are available for $279; these offer access to over 54 acts across three outdoor music stages, admission to all comedy and entertainment in the Arena, access to dozens of food vendors, a wide selection of craft beer and wine offerings, an array of fun outdoor games and attractions, sponsor exhibits, and more surprises to be announced. After Early Bird tickers sell out, regular General Admission tickets will become available immediately for $289 plus fees.

Early Bird VIP Three-Day Passes are available for $599; these offer a dedicated fast pass entrance to the festival, premium viewing areas at each outdoor stage, access to an onsite VIP staff and an exclusive 20,000 square foot VIP Lounge featuring expanded beverage and dining options including a full bar, comfortable lounge seating, and private air-conditioned restrooms. After Early Bird tickets sell out, regular VIP tickets will become available immediately for $649 plus fees.

Early Bird Platinum Three-Day VIP Passes are available for $1049; these offer all VIP amenities plus access to a new Platinum viewing experience featuring incredible elevated views of the two main stages, a premium food & beverage package that includes a full specially priced bar featuring beer, wine and craft cocktails; complimentary daily gourmet bites throughout the day and complimentary soft drinks, water and other non-alcoholic options; a complimentary on-site parking pass for each day (one pass per transaction) and access to the exclusive gifting suite, featuring complimentary festival and partner merchandise exclusively available to platinum attendees each day.  After Early Bird tickets sell out, regular Platinum VIP tickets will become available immediately for $1,099 plus fees.

Private elevated Skybox lounges are also available for up to 50 people; details and pricing are available upon request.