Boston Calling 2018 lineup: Eminem, The Killers, Jack White top bill

Boston Calling 2018 lineup

The Boston Calling 2018 lineup is out, and it’s in line with what we’ve come to expect from the festival.

The headliners of the sixth year of the festival are Eminem (his first performance in New England since 2005), The Killers, and Jack White. A few of the other acts include Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Paramore, Tyler the Creator, and Khalid. The festival takes place on Memorial Day Weekend from Friday, May 25 until Sunday, May 27 at Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, Massachusetts.

I had a blast my first year at Boston Calling last year and really loved the lineup they curated. This year seems to follow that trend, as they booked a lot of dope niche acts to go along with some more mainstream acts that will move a lot of tickets.

Some of the deeper undercard acts that stand out to me include Portugal. The Man, Fleet Foxes, St. Vincent, Maggie Rogers, Royal Blood, and Dirty Projectors. The smaller print includes a variety of awesome favorites of mine like Belly (the ’90s local band not the rapper), Thundercat, Julien Baker, Alvvays, Perfume Genius, and Mount Kimbie.

The comedy aspect of Boston Calling will expand to include two political podcasts — Pod Save America and Lovett or Leave It. Comedians Jenny Slate (a Boston local), Bridgett Everett, and Cameron Esposito are among the highlights. Natalie Portman will curate and host a series of special programming — last year she had to pull out of the festival.

Early-bird three-day general admission tickets are priced at $279.00 (up to $289 after early-bird sell out), with early-bird three-day VIP passes priced at $599 (up to $649 after early-bird sell out), and early-bird three-day platinum VIP passes priced at $1,049 (up to $1,099 after sell out). You can purchase tickets here.

Check out my Best + Worst of Boston Calling 2017 recap, as well as my festival travel journal blog about the experience as the festival was part of a stretch where I did 11 festivals in 11 weeks.


Best and Worst of Boston Calling 2017

Music Festival Travel Journal — Boston Calling 2017