May Days: Boston Calling’s stacked 2018 performer lineup is here


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The holiday season isn’t over until the gifts stop coming, and the first week of 2018 has felt like the 12 days of fest-mas. On Tuesday, Coachella unveiled its 2018 lineup. On Wednesday, we got the bill for Governors Ball. Today, Boston Calling keeps the trend going by officially dropping the list of artists scheduled to perform at the Allston megafest this Memorial Day weekend, and it features Eminem, The Killers, and Jack White as the festival’s headliners at the Harvard Athletic Complex.

For the ninth iteration of the festival, which kicks off on Friday, May 25, the bill packs in prominent artists fresh off the releases of their 2017 records, enlisting Queens of the Stone Age, Tyler, The Creator, Paramore, and Khalid to perform. Also on deck to play are repeat Boston Calling performers The National, The Decemberists, St. Vincent, and Portugal. The Man.

Other buzz-y artists that pop out on the flyer include Alvvays, BROCKHAMPTON, Perfume Genius, Charly Bliss, and Zola Jesus.

Boston is repped this spring by acclaimed hip-hop duo STL GLD, guitar-rock trio Weakened Friends, and reformed ’90s alt-rock stars Belly (yes, our Belly, unlike the one at Coachella and Governors Ball).

Today’s announcement also confirmed that Natalie Portman will be curating and hosting a “special series of programming” at the 2018 festival, with more details to come later in the year.

“Each year we continue to push ourselves to bring fans the very best festival experience,” says Boston Calling co-founder and CEO Brian Appel. “With some new changes and features already announced for this year’s festival, and many more on the way, we are ready and excited to treat our fans to an incredible weekend of performances from some of the world’s most iconic music acts.”

Boston Calling has additionally noted that the 2018 fest will offer improved features, such as “additional entrance lanes, stronger wi-fi, more activations and art installations, bigger video screens, dozens of additional food vendors, expanded craft brewing options, a brand new 20,000 square foot VIP and Platinum lounge, and an all new Platinum level viewing experience.”

Peep the entire lineup below, as well as an updated site map for 2018. All ticket info can be found here.