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Breaking News: Boston Calling to relocate to Harvard Athletic Complex for May 2017

 

This weekend’s Boston Calling may be its last at City Hall Plaza.

Just hours before gates open at Government Center — its home since its inception three years ago — the music and arts festival has announced it will relocate to the Harvard University Athletic Complex in Lower Allston for its May 2017 edition.

The new location means Boston Calling will expand its stages, and create a film-festival curated by actress Natalie Portman. The National’s Aaron Dessner will continue as music curator.

 

This Boston Calling news also confirms our February report that there would be no music festival at City Hall Plaza in September 2016. A few weeks later, organizers announced the Copenhagen Beer Festival.

Says Brian Appel, co-founder and CEO of Crash Line Productions and Boston Calling, in a press release: “Since 2013, we have enjoyed three successful years and six festivals at City Hall Plaza. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to call City Hall the festival’s home. This change of location will allow us to expand and enrich Boston Calling while still keeping it proudly located in Boston. Before we move, however, we plan to host a fantastic festival on the Plaza this weekend, and look to continue to produce a range of other events on the plaza for years to come, beginning with Copenhagen Beer Celebration this September.”

Adds Tim Williamson, Associate Director of Athletics at Harvard: “We are pleased to provide a venue that allows Boston Calling to expand its creative programming while remaining in the City of Boston.”

 
 

The Harvard University Athletics Complex is located at 65 North Harvard St. in Allston.

This weekend’s Boston Calling features performances by Sia, Robyn, and Disclosure. A special pre-sale for next year’s fest will be revealed in the near future.

Here’s a look at the full site, via Greg Cooper and Boston Calling:

Nov 11, 2014; Cambridge, MA, USA; An aerial view of the Harvard athletic complex and Harvard Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-Harvard University
Nov 11, 2014; Cambridge, MA, USA; An aerial view of the Harvard athletic complex and Harvard Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-Harvard University