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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I hope you’re ready to be highly entertained because this weekend City Hall Plaza will be taken over the Boston Calling music festival and it’s going to be a blast!  If you’re in or around Boston and you love music, you really must grab tickets while you still can at I’m super psyched about this weekend’s line-up, which includes headliners Sia, Robyn and Disclosure.


Aussie singer/songwriter Sia, as you likely know, is a huge pop sensation, her latest hit album being This is Acting, which was titled that because all of the songs on it were songs she’d written for other artists that they didn’t end up using. You see, when Sia isn’t making her own music, she’s a professional songwriter. She’s written and co-written songs for such artists as Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Flo Rida and Rihanna, just to name a few. This Friday night, however, will be all about her own music, and will likely include hits like “Chandelier,” “Big Girls Cry,” “Elastic Heart,” “Clap Your Hands,” “Breathe Me,” “Alive” and “One Million Bullets.” Of course, I can’t promise you that all of those songs will be on her set list, but I would be surprised if they weren’t.


Robyn is also a pop megastar who writes her own songs. The Swedish sensation is perhaps most known for her mainstream hits like “Dancing On My Own,” “With Every Heartbeat,” “Be Mine” and “Show Me Love,” but she has just as many art pop gems under her belt, among them “U Should Know Better,” her collaboration with Snoop Dogg, “Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do,” “Fembot” and “The Girl And The Robot,” the later being one of her many collaborations with “The Girl And The Robot.” It’s her ability to shift between radio-friendly songs and more obscure tracks that makes her popular among all sorts of pop fans. Her set at Boston Calling is sure to include songs from both sides of the spectrum and I can promise you it will be amazing because I caught her live at The House of Blues in Boston a few years ago and was mesmerized. At the time she had two drummers, who played the exact same beats at the same times, as if one was a mirror of the other, and it’s still one of the most fascinating things I’ve ever seen at a concert and I’ve been to about 250 shows in my lifetime.


This time around all of the Boston Calling headliners are foreign with electronic music duo Disclosure hailing from England. During the past few years they’ve been the most popular electronic act in the world with hits like “Latch” featuring Sam Smith, “Nocturnal” featuring The Weeknd and “Magnets” featuring Lorde. Other artists they’ve collaborated with include Eliza Doolittle, London Grammar, Jessie Ware and AlunaGeorge. No word on who will be handling vocals during their Boston Calling set, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they brought out a surprise special guest or two. Just be prepared to dance because they’re going to temporarily turn the festival into a high energy club that’s sure to grab you with every beat.

There are many other music superstars performing this weekend, too, such as BØRNS, Miike Snow, Haim, Elle King and Janelle Monáe. The full schedule of music acts is below. This edition of Boston Calling will be the first to have a third stage, which will feature the likes of comedians Lamont Price, Kelly McFarland and Orlando Baxter and more local bands, among them Nemes and These Wild Plains.

Although the third stage will be performing during the sets on the two main stages, the music artists performing on those two main stages will have no overlapping sets, so you need not worry about choosing favorites.

In addition to the great music and comedy, the festival will once again have some tasty treats to fuel your fire and plenty of beverages as well. Not to mention the good vibes generated when thousands of music fans get together and have one big party. If you’re looking for fun, Boston Calling is the place to be this weekend.


Friday May 27, 2016
Sufjan Stevens
Lisa Hannigan and Aaron Dessner

Saturday May 28, 2016
Miike Snow
City and Colour
Courtney Barnett
The Vaccines

Sunday May 29, 2016
Janelle Monáe
Elle King
The Front Bottoms
Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires
Vince Staples
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Christine and the Queens
Michael Christmas


Saturday May 28, 2016

Lamont Price
Ken Reid
Sean Sullivan
Orlando Baxter
Kelly McFarland

Lady Pills

Sunday May 29, 2016

Lamont Price
Ken Reid
Sean Sullivan
Orlando Baxter
Kelly McFarland

These Wild Plains
Black Beach

Tickets are still on sale so head over to Boston Calling’s official site and and buy them while you still can:

And here’s some additional info:

Social Media: Follow the festival on social media: Instagram: @boston_calling; Twitter: @boston_calling; Facebook: Boston Calling Music Festival

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.

And here are some photos from previous Boston Calling installments I have covered:






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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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