Preview: Boston Calling Music Festival

by Alx Bear on May 23, 2016

BC0915_©MIKEDISKIN-49 copy

This weekend marks the beginning of summer and we have the perfect kick-off event if you want to escape the Big Easy. Boston’s City Hall Plaza will host the seventh annual Boston Calling Music Festival from Friday, May 27th to Sunday, May 29th.  The festival will feature acts from musicians and comedians like Sia, Disclosure, Robyn, and Lamont Price.
Disclosure at Marquee-13 - Version 2
It is not only the headliners that should draw you to this festival. The real gems will take the stage during the day and early evening. The soulful and sassy Lizzo is guaranteed to destroy her 1:30 PM Saturday set. The R&B singer and rapper gained increased recognition after touring with Clean Bandit and Sleater-Kinney and has proven that she can both sonically compliment different acts and bring a distinct attitude that is all her own.  After Lizzo’s performance, City and Colour will help ease you into your Saturday evening.
 Charles Bradley
Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires add an interesting funk mix to the festival’s lineup. Since releasing his first album at the age of 62, Bradley has brought his raspy voice backed by a strong horn section to stages across the world. On Sunday afternoon, pray that he plays his soulful rendition of Black Sabbath’s “Changes.” It is unclear if Elle King should be on the list of comedians or musicians this weekend. King plays up her bad girl persona by ragging on people in the crowd, making crass jokes and downing whiskey. But she’s also a killer blues and rock musician. (Her song “Ex’s and Oh’s” has over 100 million listens on Spotify.) Close the night out with the Los Angeles based sister trio, Haim. They sound and perform a little differently live than when in a studio. Their performances are more rock than pop and there is guaranteed to be some witty banter between the musicians.

ElleKing-1848_Shane_McCauleyIf you don’t go for the music, go for the food and drink.  The Danish brewer Mikkeller has curated a custom Boston Calling Beer for the event. Bon Me, winner of the 2010 City of Boston’s Food Truck Contest, will provide patrons with tasty Vietnamese sandwiches and rice bowls. Belgian waffles “made by actual Belgians” are available from Zinneken’s. Order “The Sin” (bananas and Nutella); it’s truly delicious. If you are in the mood for something healthy stop by Whole Heart Provisions for one of their fresh veggie dishes.
Here is our list of must-see acts:
Sia, 9:45-10:50 PM on the jetBlue Stage
ODESZA, 7:55-9:05 PM on the Xfinity Red Stage
City and Colour, 5:45-6:45 PM on the Xfinity Red Stage
Lizzo, 1:30-2:10 PM on the jetBlue Stage
Haim, 7:55-9:05 PM on the Xfinity Red Stage
Elle King, 5:45-6:45 PM on the Xfinity Red Stage
Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, 3:55-4:45 PM on the Xfinity Red Stage
General Admission tickets start as low as $60. For more information go to