Boston Calling’s response: festival to return in September with Passion Pit, Vampire Weekend


Boston called, and the response was massive. After selling out its inaugural run on City Hall Plaza this Memorial Day weekend, Boston Calling will return to the concrete playground this fall for a second two-day festival, this time featuring headlining gigs by current indie-pop kings Vampire Weekend and Boston electro-pop royalty Passion Pit.

The second Boston Calling will take place September 7 and 8, and also feature Kendrick Lamar, Local Natives, Major Lazer, the Gaslight Anthem, the Airborne Toxic Event, Wolfgang Gartner, Solange, Bat For Lashes, Flosstradamus, Deer Tick, Okkervil River, Flume, Lucius, Big Black Delta and two locals, folk-ish duo You Won’t and dance-pop quartet Bearstronaut.

Boston Calling’s sequel showcase was announced live on stage Sunday night, just before the National’s closing performance. A video installation caught the several thousands of people in attendance by surprise, and in announcing the September festival, flashed each band’s name across the two giant jumbro-tron screens to thunderous applause.


“There was no better time for us to announce Boston Calling’s September return than when we could share it with the fans of our very first festival,” says Crash Line Co-Founder Brian Appel, “we’re so appreciative of and motivated by all of the support we have received from fans, artists and the city. It’s an honor to bring Boston Calling back to our city.” Speaking to the lineup, Crash Line Co-Founder Mike Snow adds, “we love the diversity, energy, and innovation of the September bill, it feels like one big, post-summer Boston party.”

Here is the current ticket info for September’s event, with early bird passes going on sale Friday:

Boston Calling Tickets: Early Bird Weekend Passes for both General Admission and VIP will go on sale Friday May 31, 2013 at 10AM EST. General Admission Early Bird Weekend Passes are $120 and VIP Early Bird Weekend Passes are $325. An early bird code will be released by Friday May 31, 2013 on www.bostoncalling.com. Tickets are available via www.bostoncalling.com, www.ticketmaster.com, and with no service fee at The Sinclair and Royale box offices (52 Church Street, Cambridge MA; 279 Tremont Street Boston, MA).


Good job, Boston.