Boston Calling 2024 Preview

Memorial Day Weekend is the start of summer, the end of the school year, and the home of Boston Calling, which comes back to Harvard Yards Friday-Sunday, May 24th-26th....
Boston Calling
Boston Calling

Memorial Day Weekend is the start of summer, the end of the school year, and the home of Boston Calling, which comes back to Harvard Yards Friday-Sunday, May 24th-26th:


FRIDAY, MAY 24th

 

Green Stage  

Ed Sheeran, 8:40 PM

One of the world’s best-selling music artists around today, Ed Sheeran comes to Boston. First breaking out in his native Britain Sheeran (QRO photos) has since majorly gone worldwide (QRO photos), with countless pop hits, albums, and awards. In 2019, his ‘¸ Tour’ became the highest-grossing of all time, and now headlines Boston Calling (QRO photos at a festival).

Ed Sheeran
   

Reneé Rapp, 5:55 PM – 6:55 PM

North Carolina’s Reneé Rapp first broke out as a Broadway star in the role of iconic mean girl Regina George in the musical adaption of Mean Girls, before going on to her own television & musical career. And last year she hit the big time all over, from big tour (QRO ’23 photos) to Saturday Night Live and reprising her role for the big screen adaption of the musical Mean Girls, now coming to Boston Calling.

Reneé Rapp
   

Luke Hemmings, 3:55 PM – 4:40 PM

Singer & frontman for 5 Seconds of Summer (QRO live review), one of Australia’s most successful musical exports, Luke Hemmings comes to America behind last year’s solo debut, When Facing the Things We Turn Away From.

Luke Hemmings
   

Madi Diaz, 2:20 PM – 2:55 PM

From neighboring Connecticut and Massachusetts’ own famed Berklee College of Music, Madi Diaz (QRO photos at a ’22 New England festival) brings her beautiful music like this year’s Weird Faith to Boston Calling (QRO ’24 photos).

Madi Diaz
   
 

 

Happy Valley Red Stage

 

Leon Bridges, 7:05 PM – 8:35 PM

Leon Bridges’ (QRO live review) early evening set will be one of the more popular ones on the first day of Boston Calling (QRO live review). With his debut “Coming Home” and old school voice, the Texan (QRO live review) was compared to Sam Cooke and Otis Reading. He comes to the Massachusetts (QRO photos at a festival) behind 2021’s Gold-Diggers Sound (QRO photos at a ’22 festival).

Leon Bridges
   

David Kushner, 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Catch “Miserable Man” David Kushner (QRO ‘23 photos) at Boston Calling.

David Kushner
   

Beach Weather, 3:00 PM – 3:50 PM

Enjoy “Sex, Drugs, Etc.” with Massachusetts’ own Beach Weather (QRO ’23 photos).

 

Also:

Divine Sweater, 1:45 PM – 2:15 PM

Beach Weather
   
   

Blue Stage

 

Young the Giant, 7:40 PM – 8:40 PM

These Irvine natives toiled for years as The Jakes, but when they changed their name to Young the Giant (QRO photos at a festival), things finally took off (QRO photos at a festival), with their self-(new) titled album & TV performances, including at MTV’s Video Music Awards. They’ve since been gracing bigger (QRO photos) and bigger (QRO photos) stages & shows (QRO live review), including festivals (QRO photos at a festival). YtG (QRO live review) come behind last year’s epic American Bollywood (QRO review), 2017’s Mirror Master (QRO review), 2016’s Home of the Strange (QRO review), and 2014’s Mind over Matter (QRO review), but they also play their classic (QRO livestream review of Young the Giant), and now return to Boston Calling after playing the inaugural edition (QRO photos at Boston Calling ’13).

Young the Giant
   

Cannons, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Innings, Los Angeles’ indie-pop Cannons has “Fire for You”.

Cannons
   

Also:

Ric Wilson, 4:35 PM – 5:20 PM

Maris, 3:20 PM – 4:05 PM

Kieran Rhodes, 2:15 PM – 2:50 PM

Ric Wilson
   
   
Orange Stage  

Kei, 7:00 PM – 7:40 PM

JVK, 5:20 PM – 6:00 PM

Justin Clancy, 4:05 PM – 4:35 PM

The Wolff Sisters, 2:50 PM – 3:20 PM

The Wolff Sisters

 

 

SATURDAY, MAY 25th

 

Green Stage  

Tyler Childers, 9:00 PM

Kentucky’s Tyler Childers (QRO photos at a festival) headlines Boston Calling (QRO photos at a New England festival), behind his latest hit country/bluegrass record, last year’s Rustin’ in the Rain.

Tyler Childers
   

Khruangbin, 6:05 PM – 7:05 PM

Houston’s Khruangbin (QRO photos in Texas) draw from all over the world (QRO live review), Spain to the Middle East to Thailand, but now come to Shaky Knees (QRO photos at a festival) a month after the release of A La Sala, and playing their biggest places to-date (QRO ’21 live review), including Austin City Limits (QRO live review of ACL taping) and other festivals (QRO photos at a ’22 festival).

Khruangbin
   

d4vd, 3:55 PM – 4:50 PM

At Boston Calling, be “Here With Me” with the alt-hip-hop of d4vd (QRO ’23 photos).

 

Also:

The Castellows, 2:20 PM – 2:55 PM

d4vd
   
   

Happy Valley Red Stage

 

Trey Anastasio & Classic Rab, 7:15 PM – 8:45 PM

If Phish (QRO photos at a festival) has made themselves into the next generation Grateful Dead, then frontman Trey Anastasio (QRO ’22 solo photos) is the next generation Jerry Garcia. He’s done everything from play above the marquee at the Ed Sullivan Theater to get a Tony nomination for his orchestration of Broadway musical Hands on a Hardbody, and now Anastasio (QRO photos at a festival) comes to Boston Calling (QRO photos at a festival).

Trey Anastasio

   

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, 4:55 PM – 5:55 PM

While Frank Turner (QRO photos) began his life in music as singer for the post-hardcore act Million Dead, since that band’s break-up in 2005, the Bahrain-born, Britain-raised artists has turned to political indie-folk. He’s not a stranger to big stages, however (QRO photos at a festival), returning to Boston Calling (QRO photos at Boston Calling ’14) after this year’s release of Undefeated (QRO ’23 photos).

Frank Turner
   

Bad Rabbits, 3:00 PM – 3:50 PM

Boston’s own Bad Rabbits played the first-ever Boston Calling (QRO photos at Boston Calling ‘13), and now hop back in.

 

Also:

Senseless Optimism, 1:45 PM – 2:15 PM

Bad Rabbits
   
   

Blue Stage

 

Jessie Murph, 7:35 PM – 8:35 PM

Discovered just recently via the likes of TikTok and YouTube, Jessie Murph is quickly becoming a star.

Jessie Murph
   

Also:

The Red Clay Strays, 5:50 PM – 6:50 PM

Tanner Usrey, 4:35 PM – 5:20 PM

Motherfolk, 3:25 PM – 4:05 PM

Toritori, 2:20 PM – 2:50 PM

The Red Clay Strays
   
   

Orange Stage

 

Ward Hayden & The Outliers, 6:50 PM – 7:30 PM

Paper Lady, 5:20 PM – 5:50 PM

Cakeswagg, 4:05 PM – 4:35 PM

Highwater Haulers, 2:55 PM – 3:25 PM

Ward Hayden & The Outliers

 

 

SUNDAY, MAY 26th

 

Green Stage  

The Killers, 9:10 PM

The Killers (QRO photos) broke out of their Las Vegas home in 2004 with debut Hot Fuss and great singles “Somebody Told Me” and “Mr. Brightside” – and have failed to match that since. 2006’s attempt at Springsteen greatness Sam’s Town didn’t make it, and after 2008’s middling Day & Age (QRO review) singer Brandon Flowers went solo for his own middling work. But the group has since come back (QRO photos) with 2012’s Battle Born (QRO review), 2017’s Wonderful Wonderful (QRO review), 2020’s Imploding the Mirage (QRO review), and 2022’s even more Springsteen-esque Pressure Machine (QRO review) – and they still play Hot Fuss live (QRO live review). They return to Boston Calling.

The Killers
   

Megan Thee Stallion, 6:25 PM – 7:25 PM

From freestyling on Instagram to massive success for thee Megan Thee Stallion (QRO photos at a festival). She had a hit mixtape, 2019’s Fever, hit EP, last year’s Suga, hit LP, 2020’s Good News & 2022’s Traumazine. Her “Savage (Remix)”, featuring Beyoncé, was a number one hit, as was the song that got everyone hot, when she was featured on Cardi B’s one-and-only “WAP”. Grammy winner for Best New Artist, one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, catch her on the big stage, but get there early, as you know there’s going to be a so-big-she-should-be-headlining-the-biggest-stage crowd (QRO photos at a 2021 festival) as she finally comes to Boston Calling.

Megan Thee Stallion
   

Also:

Chappell Roan, 4:05 PM – 5:05 PM

The Heavy Heavy, 2:20 PM – 2:55 PM

The Heavy Heavy
   
   

Happy Valley Red Stage

 

Hozier, 7:35 PM – 9:05 PM

Ireland’s Andrew Hozier-Byrne (QRO live review in England) comes to High Water (QRO photos at a ’23 festival) off of this year’s Unreal Unearth. The folk-pop star broke through in 2014 with the massive single “Take Me To the Church” – which had seen him being impersonated by Kate McKinnon on Saturday Night Live! He plays his third Boston Calling (QRO photos at Boston Calling ’19).

Hozier

   

The Revivalists, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

New Orleans seven-piece Americana rock band The Revivalists (QRO photos at a ’24 festival) have been reviving N’Orleans rock in such hit singles as platinum “Wish I Knew You” and “All My Friends”. Look for their friends to shimmy up to New England to catch them at Boston Calling (QRO photos at a ’23 festival) behind last year’s Pour It Out Into the Night (QRO review) and their electric live show (QRO ’23 live review outdoors).

 

Also:

Royel Otis, 3:05 PM – 4:00 PM

Stefan Thev, 1:40 PM – 2:10 PM

 
   
   

Blue Stage

 

Alvvays, 7:50 PM – 8:50 PM

U.K. indie hit Alvvays (QRO live review in the U.K.) comes back to New England (QRO photos at a festival) to return to Boston Calling (QRO photos outdoors) after 2022’s release of highly acclaimed third record Blue Rev (QRO review).

Alvvays
   

Blondshell, 5:50 PM – 6:50 PM

Sabrina Mae Teitelbaum, a.k.a. Blondshell (QRO ’23 photos), brings the world-weary sad girl rock of last year’s great self-titled album (QRO review) to Boston Calling (QRO ’23 photos).

Blondshell
   

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM

Get on the Mississippi Blues of Christon “Kingfish” Ingram (QRO ’23 photos outdoors).

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
   

Francis of Delirium, 3:20 PM – 4:00 PM

Indie-rock even comes from the tiny Grand Duchy of Luxembourg thanks to Jana Bahrich, a.k.a. Francis of Delirium.

 

Also:

The Thing, 2:10 PM – 2:45 PM

Francis of Delirium
   
   

Orange Stage

 

Fleshwater, 7:10 PM – 7:50 PM

Mixing everything from shoegaze to grunge is Boston’s own Fleshwater.

Fleshwater
   

Also:

Zola Simone, 5:15 PM – 5:50 PM

Billy Dean Thomas, 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Tysk Tysk Task, 2:50 PM – 3:20 PM

Zola Simone

 






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