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.
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: