What You Need to Know for Boston Calling's Fall Edition

posted by Dan Murphy on September 04, 2014

Boston Calling May 2014 via the festival

Boston, Massachusetts -- Boston Calling takes place this weekend, kicking things off with The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Future Islands on Friday night. In preparation for the weekend, we're bringing you all you need to know about the festival and the city of Boston. As a friendly reminder, there are still a few tickets left for purchase, so you procrastinators still have a chance of getting in. Have a great weekend, and happy Boston Calling!


Boston Calling is pretty easy to navigate considering no sets will overlap and there are only two stages. But if you feel like exploring the city for a while or simply want to take a rest, use the schedule to find the most opportune time. 


Again, these are pretty simple festival grounds due to the two-stages factor. However, you still might want to hit the food vendors or grab a beer/wine from the appropriate areas. Plus, if you're not familiar with Boston, it's good to know exactly where the entrance to the festival is. You don't want to be circling the barriers aimlessly with no idea how to get in. 


This year, Boston Calling is not only taking care of all of your festival needs, they're also hosting awesome after-parties featuring Bonobo, White Denim, Gentlemen Hall, and Reptar plus a special DJ set from none other than Questlove. For all the details, check out our Boston Calling Event Listings


To help you get acquainted with Boston Calling's artists, we made a comprehensive Spotify playlist featuring two songs from every act on the bill. It downright sucks when you realize you really love an artist after you've seen them live for the first time and didn't know their music. In just putting this together, we found a new favorite artist in the harmony-driven San Fermin. For the more established acts (i.e. The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, Nas) we tried to pair a big hit with a deep cut. You can stream the playlist below or open it in a new browser

The City

To get to know Boston if you're coming to the festival from out of town, make sure you consult our Boston Calling Travel Guide. It has travel insights as well as recommendations for the best spots to eat, sleep, shop, party, and explore around the city. As if that weren't enough, you can also check out our 36 Hours in Boston feature for further suggestions. 

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