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NEWS: BOSTON CALLING ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR FRIDAY MAY 27, 2016: SIA, SUFJAN STEVENS AND LISA HANNIGAN AND AARON DESSNER

This morning the weekend-long Boston Calling music festival announced its exciting Friday night (May 27th) line-up.  Sia, whose new album This is Acting drops tomorrow,  will headline with Sufjan Stevens and Lisa Hannigan with Aaron Dessner also on the bill.  Friday single day tickets and Saturday/Sunday weekend passes go on sale tomorrow, January 29, 2016, at 10AM Eastern Time on Boston Calling’s website: www.bostoncalling.com

I’ve covered the last three Boston Calling festivals and they’ve always been a major blast.  I know it sounds cheesy to put it like this, but it really is three days of peace, love and music.  Not to mention some tasty treats!  If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it.  There’s something magical about spending a whole weekend listening to great, live music surrounded by other people who are there to have a good time, too.  And with an eclectic line-up, this May’s festival promises to have something for everyone.

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The weekend line-up has not been released just yet, but the list of artist who’ll be playing on Saturday and Sunday is:

Disclosure
Robyn
ODESZA
Haim
Miike Snow
Janelle Monáe
City and Colour
Courtney Barnett
Elle King
The Front Bottoms
BØRNS
Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires
The Vaccines
Vince Staples
Battles
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Christine and the Queens
Lizzo
Palehound
Michael Christmas

Today’s full press release follows…

January 28, 2016 – Boston, MA – Boston Calling will kick off Friday, May 27, 2016 with an unforgettable and eclectic opening lineup: Sia, Sufjan Stevens and Lisa Hannigan and Aaron Dessner will perform on the first night of the festival. Single day tickets for Friday along with Weekend Passes go on sale tomorrow, January 29, 2016 at 10am EST at www.bostoncalling.com.  The schedules for Saturday and Sunday May 28 & 29, 2016 will be revealed at a later date.  Boston Calling is held at Boston’s City Hall Plaza [One City Hall Plaza].

Sia, who is set to release her highly anticipated new album, This Is Acting, tomorrow, will headline Friday evening; the performance is one of only two U.S. shows currently booked this year. She will follow a set from singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens who has garnered critical acclaim and gained a passionate fan base over many years, and a set by Irish musician Lisa Hannigan in a unique collaboration with Boston Calling curator Aaron Dessner.

Boston Calling’s lineup only builds throughout the rest of the weekend with performances from 2016 Grammy nominee for “Best Dance/Electronic Album,” Disclosure, powerhouse pop star Robyn, hit beat-makers ODESZA, R&B singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe, sister rock trio Haim, Swedish indie-pop sensation Miike Snow, the sultry Elle King, the always entertaining Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires and many more.

Noteworthy enhancements for May 2016 include an intimate third stage featuring comedy and other performances, all of which will be announced in the coming weeks, and an expanded food and beverage program. Boston Calling will newly partner with local wine champions Wine Riot to create a specially curated wine experience, featuring leading wines from around the globe. Samuel Adams will once again be providing craft beers and ciders throughout the festival grounds, and Boston Calling will newly introduce a special guest European brewer, which will be creating a custom Boston Calling beer. New additions to the food pavilion will be revealed in the spring.

The VIP area will once again offer access to City Hall Courtyard, a 25,000 square foot Mezzanine with prime views of both main stages as well as complimentary food by The Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar.
The lineup for Friday, May 27, 2016 is as follows:Sia

Sufjan Stevens

Lisa Hannigan and Aaron Dessner
Tickets: Friday single day tickets and Saturday/Sunday weekend tickets become available online tomorrow, January 29 at 10am EST via www.bostoncalling.com. Tickets for Friday, May 27, 2016 are $60 for General Admission and $150 for VIP.  Two-Day, Saturday/Sunday General Admission Tickets are $160, Two-Day Saturday/Sunday VIP Tickets are $325.  A limited amount of General Admission Three-Day passes and VIP Three-Day passes are available for $185 and $375, respectively.  Pending availability, a limited number of Single Day Tickets for Saturday and Sunday will go on sale at a later date.

Social Media: Follow the festival on social media: Instagram: @boston_calling; Twitter: @boston_calling; Facebook: Boston Calling Music Festival
The most current lineup for Boston Calling May 2016 is as follows.  The Saturday/Sunday schedules along with all performance times are forthcoming.

Sia
Disclosure
Robyn
ODESZA
Sufjan Stevens
Haim
Miike Snow
Janelle Monáe
City and Colour
Courtney Barnett
Elle King
The Front Bottoms
BØRNS
Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires
The Vaccines
Vince Staples
Battles
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Christine and the Queens
Lisa Hannigan and Aaron Dessner
Lizzo
Palehound
Michael Christmas

About Boston Calling: Boston Calling has earned the praise of over 250,000 fans since its first edition in May of 2013 and has received glowing reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone and The Boston Globe for everything from its versatile lineup to its quality of production. Boston Magazine wrote, “In less than three years, Boston Calling has become not just the city’s biggest music festival, but one of Boston’s most iconic events. A three-day party in the heart of Government Center, it’s been a cross-genre, cross-generational success.” Set on a hill in Downtown Boston and with the city’s skyline as its backdrop, Boston Calling’s locale at City Hall Plaza continues to offer the ideal urban festival vibe. Production highlights include two primary performance stages with non-overlapping sets, festival-wide beer experiences from the locally founded and based Samuel Adams, a food pavilion comprised of locally and nationally known food vendors, along with world-class lighting, special effects and design. Boston Calling also features a VIP component whereby VIP ticketholders have access to City Hall Courtyard, a 25,000 square foot Mezzanine offering prime views of both stages as well as curated food menus and amenities.

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An entertainment journalist for 20 years, Michael McCarthy was a columnist and contributing editor for the magazines Lollipop and LiveWire. He co-created and wrote for Cinezine, one of the '90's most popular movie E-zines. The only time he's not listening to music is when he's watching television shows and movies or reading, usually music magazines.

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