Boston Calling, celebrating its 10th edition this year on Memorial Day Weekend, May 24 – 26, and headlined by Twenty One Pilots (Friday), Tame Impala(Saturday), and Travis Scott (Sunday), reveals more exciting details about the bevy of artists set to take over the festival’s Arena stage. Fans will be treated to one-of-a-kind performances from Boston Ballet, one of the most iconic dance companies in the world. In addition, all-star comedians Fred Armisen, Jenny Slate, and Michael Che will headline the Arena stage. At night, fans can enjoy performances from hip-hop artists and DJs including electronic artist and rising star Yaeji; female rappers Princess Nokia and Dessa; and DJ sets from internationally known electro-funk duo Chromeo, and hip-hop electro sensation Naeem. Please find further details below.
Friday at the Arena will see comedic sets from Fred Armisen and Boston hometown standup favorites Sam Jay and Lamont Price. As the sun goes down, fans can retreat to the Arena for an electro-beat filled performance from Yaeji and sets from Naeem and DJ Frank White.
Saturday shines with the debut of Boston Ballet at Boston Calling. Attendees will be treated to an excerpt from legendary choreographer William Forsythe’s Playlist (EP) set to R&B star Khalid’s “Location.” Boston Ballet premiered Playlist (EP) as part of the Full on Forsythe program in March, starring powerhouse dancers and set to a soundtrack with hits from pop, dance, and R&B charts. Additionally, attendees will experience an original work for two Boston Ballet dancers by Yury Yanowsky, choreographer, former principal dancer of Boston Ballet, and faculty member at Harvard University, set to Wilsen’s “Final.”
Hometown local Jenny Slate will deliver a headlining set of comedy while Imogen Heap will return to Boston for the first time in nine years to present a special spoken word performance featuring her groundbreaking Mi.Mu gloves, a revolutionary technology that produces sound by capturing movement and hand gestures. Standup sensation Marina Franklin will also bring her act to the Arena, and Lamont Price will return to the stage to keep the laughs going. Following the stellar dance and comedy, Princess Nokia and Dessa will perform pop culture rhymes while Naeem will return for a DJ set.
SNL’s Michael Che and Melissa Villaseñor will both take to the mic on Sunday while the day’s Boston Ballet performances in the Arena will feature the return of Yanowsky’s Final and a new work choreographed by Boston Ballet artist, Sage Humphries, set to an original score by Michael Humphries, the artist behind Future Self, and brother of Sage. ImogenHeap also returns on Sunday to perform.
On Sunday night, Chromeo will spin their funky beats in a DJ set. The full-on Sunday evening dance party will also star hip-hop electro phenom Kilo Kish and DJ Joshua Carl.
In addition to performances on the Arena stage, fans will be able to enjoy Boston Ballet performances on the festival’s Green stage on Saturday and Sunday.
Boston Calling’s 2019 day-to-day lineup, including the expanded Arena performances is as follows (lineup and artists are subject to change). Performance times are to be announced.
DJ Frank White
Saturday May 25, 2019
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
Big Red Machine
Naeem (DJ Set)
Sunday May 26, 2019
Rainbow Kitten Surprise
SOB x RBE
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Chromeo (DJ Set)
DJ Joshua Carl
Further details on Boston Calling’s visual art, as well as more information about the festival’s food and drink components, will be shared in the coming months.
Boston Calling is proud to have Delta Air Lines, Samuel Adams, Miller Lite, JBL, Barefoot Wine, 47 Brand, and Vans as sponsors for this year’s festival.
Tickets: A limited number of Single Day and Three-Day General Admission, VIP and Platinum VIP Passes are on sale now at www.bostoncalling.com.
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 also be coordinating with taxi and rideshare programs for safe and easy pickup and drop off points. There will also be bike racks available onsite. Onsite parking is available only to Platinum VIP package purchasers.
Boston Calling is produced by Boston Calling Events LLC (BCE) which is owned by Crash Line Productions and The Madison Square Garden Company.