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Boston Calling Shares New Details About Arena Stage

Boston Calling Shares New Details About Arena Stage

Boston Calling, celebrating its 10th edition this year on Memorial Day Weekend, May 24 - 26, and headlined by Twenty One Pilots (Friday), Tame Impala (Saturday), and Travis Scott (Sunday), reveals more exciting details about the bevy of artists set to take over the festival's Arena Stage. Fans will be treated to one-of-a-kind performances from Boston Ballet, one of the most iconic dance companies in the world. In addition, all-star comedians Fred Armisen, Jenny Slate, and Michael Chewill headline the Arena Stage. At night, fans can enjoy performances from hip-hop artists and DJs including electronic artist and rising star Yaeji; female rappers Princess Nokiaand Dessa; and DJ sets from internationally known electro-funk duo Chromeo, and hip-hop electro sensation Naeem. Please find further details below.


Friday at the Arena will see comedic sets from Fred Armisen and Boston hometown standup favorites Sam Jay and Lamont Price. As the sun goes down, fans can retreat to the Arena for an electro-beat filled performance from Yaeji and sets from Naeem and DJ Frank White.


Saturday shines with the debut of Boston Ballet at Boston Calling. Attendees will be treated to an excerpt from legendary choreographer William Forsythe's Playlist (EP) set to R&B star Khalid's "Location." Boston Ballet premiered Playlist (EP) as part of the Full on Forsythe program in March, starring powerhouse dancers and set to a soundtrack with hits from pop, dance, and R&B charts. Additionally, attendees will experience an original work for two Boston Ballet dancers by Yury Yanowsky, choreographer, former principal dancer of Boston Ballet, and faculty member at Harvard University, set to Wilsen's "Final."

Hometown local Jenny Slate will deliver a headlining set of comedy while Imogen Heap will return to Boston for the first time in nine years to present a special spoken word performance featuring her groundbreaking Mi.Mu gloves, a revolutionary technology that produces sound by capturing movement and hand gestures. Standup sensation Marina Franklin will also bring her act to the Arena, and Lamont Price will return to the stage to keep the laughs going. Following the stellar dance and comedy, Princess Nokia and Dessa will perform pop culture rhymes while Naeem will return for a DJ set.


SNL's Michael Che and Melissa Villaseñor will both take to the mic on Sunday while the day's

Boston Ballet performances in the Arena will feature the return of Yanowsky's Final and a new work choreographed by Boston Ballet artist, Sage Humphries, set to an original score by Michael Humphries, the artist behind Future Self, and brother of Sage. Imogen Heap also returns on Sunday to perform.

On Sunday night, Chromeo will spin their funky beats in a DJ set. The full-on Sunday evening dance party will also star hip-hop electro phenom Kilo Kish and DJ Joshua Carl.

In addition to performances on the Arena Stage, fans will be able to enjoy Boston Ballet performances on the festival's Green stage on Saturday and Sunday.

Boston Calling's 2019 day-to-day lineup, including the expanded Arena performances is as follows (lineup and artists are subject to change). Performance times are to be announced.

Friday May 24, 2019

Twenty One Pilots

Greta Van Fleet

Janelle Monáe

Lord Huron

Christine and The Queens

Tank and The Bangas

Mura Masa

Gang of Youths


Pale Waves

Adia Victoria


Fred Armisen


Sam Jay


Lamont Price

DJ Frank White

Saturday May 25, 2019

Tame Impala


Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals


Big Red Machine

King Princess



Denzel Curry

Young Fathers




White Reaper

Sasha Sloan

Sidney Gish

Boston Ballet


Jenny Slate

Princess Nokia

Imogen Heap

Boston Ballet


Marina Franklin

Lamont Price

Naeem (DJ Set)

Sunday May 26, 2019

Travis Scott


Brandi Carlile

Sheck Wes

Rainbow Kitten Surprise




Snail Mail


Ravyn Lenae

Cautious Clay

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever


Easy Life

Boston Ballet


Michael Che

Chromeo (DJ Set)

Imogen Heap

Boston Ballet

Kilo Kish

Melissa Villaseñor

Lamont Price

DJ Joshua Carl

Images of 2019 Boston Calling artists and highlight images from the previous nine festivals can be found here.

Further details on Boston Calling's visual art, as well as more information about the festival's food and drink components, will be shared in the coming months.

Boston Calling is proud to have Delta Air Lines, Samuel Adams, Miller Lite, JBL, Barefoot Wine, 47 Brand, and Vans as sponsors for this year's festival.

Tickets: A limited number of Single Day and Three-Day General Admission, VIP and Platinum VIP Passes are on sale now at

Getting There: Boston Calling is best accessed by the T on the Red Line's Harvard Square stop; from there, it is a short walk to the festival's main entrance. Boston Calling will also be coordinating with taxi and rideshare programs for safe and easy pickup and drop off points. There will also be bike racks available onsite. Onsite parking is available only to Platinum VIP package purchasers.

Boston Calling is produced by Boston Calling Events LLC (BCE) which is owned by Crash Line Productions and The Madison Square Garden Company.

Crash Line Productions is a Boston-based entertainment production company that owns and produces dozens of events each year. Formed in 2012 by Brian Appel and Mike Snow, Boston Calling Events continues to build its event platform around Boston Calling Music Festival.

Boston Calling Events is part of The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG), a world leader in live sports and entertainment experiences. The company presents or hosts a broad array of premier events in its diverse collection of iconic venues: New York's Madison Square Garden, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, CA; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston. Other MSG properties include legendary sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL) and the New York Liberty (WNBA); two development league teams - the Westchester Knicks (NBAGL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL); and esports teams through Counter Logic Gaming, a leading North American esports organization, and Knicks Gaming, MSG's NBA 2K League franchise. In addition, the Company features the popular original production - the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes - and through Boston Calling Events, produces New England's preeminent Boston Calling Music Festival. Also under the MSG umbrella is TAO Group, a world-class hospitality group with globally-recognized entertainment dining and nightlife brands: Tao, Marquee, Lavo, Avenue, Beauty & Essex and Vandal. More information is available at

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