Foo Fighters, slated to headline Boston Calling last year before the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins, will top the opening night bill of the 2023 edition, followed by The Lumineers and Paramore topping the May 26-28 fest at Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, Massachusetts.
The announcement comes just more than a week after Foo Fighters announced via Instagram it will move forward as a band after the tragic loss of Hawkins March 25, 2022. The trio of artists top a lineup of more than 50 artists that includes Alanis Morissette, eah Yeah Yeahs, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Noah Kahan, Bleachers, Niall Horan, The Flaming Lips, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Mt. Joy, Maren Morris and many more.
Specially priced presale 3-Day general admission, GA+, VIP, and Platinum tickets, as well as single-day tickets go on sale Thursday, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. EST at the festival website.
Foo Fighters will headline Friday, May 26, The Lumineers the following night and Paramore will close down the Memorial Weekend festivities on Sunday.
Twenty Boston Calling artists will have local ties, including Neemz, Q-Tip Bandits, GA-20, Juice, AlisaAmador, Mint Green, Blue Light Bandits, Ali McGuirk, Coral Moons, Actor Observer, Workman Song, Brandie Blaze, Couch, Little Fuss, Najee Janey, Summer Cult, Sorry Mom, and Chrysalis.
And as always, Boston Calling will shine a spotlight on hot emerging artists including Chelsea Cutler, LÉON, Fletcher, 070 Shake, Teddy Swims, Joy Oladokun, The Linda Lindas, The Beaches, Brutus, Genesis Owusu, The Aces, to name just a few.
In addition to its commitment to new forms of entertainment and extensive food and drink offerings, new to Boston Calling this year is the GA+ experience.
General Admission passholders can step up their experience and add the GA+ upgrade to their ticket to gain unlimited access to the festival’s Thomas Tew VIP Reserve Lounge, an oasis within the festival including access to a cash bar featuring craft cocktails, plus an expanded beer and wine menu and complimentary water and soft drinks. There will be plenty of shade and seating to relax and escape the elements, as well as upgraded restrooms.
In addition to the full bars and unique comforts of the lounges, VIP and Platinum ticket holders will be treated to exclusive viewing areas within the VIP and Platinum sections. Also returning is Boston Calling’s double-decker VIP experience with dramatic views of both the Red Stage and Green Stage.
On top of access to all VIP amenities, Platinum pass holders also have an expanded viewing deck within the Platinum section where menus by some of Boston’s best chefs will be served throughout each day. Finally, Platinum pass holders have exclusive 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).
2023 Boston Calling Lineup
The day-by-day lineup for Boston Calling 2023 is as follows
(artists are subject to change; performance times are forthcoming):
Friday, May 26, 2023
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Blue Light Bandits
Saturday, May 27, 2023
The Flaming Lips
Sunday, May 28, 2023
Queens of the Stone Age
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
The Linda Lindas