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Boston Calling Set to Squash Records, Delivering City's First-Ever Two-Day Outdoor Music Festival

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What are your plans this Memorial Day Weekend?

If you live in New England then the words “Boston” and “Calling” better be what’s uttered out of your mouth.

That’s right ladies and gents, Boston’s first-ever two-day music festival is preparing to take City Plaza by storm this Spring — plus with the crazy weather we’ve had to put up with, chances are you need something warm and sunny to look forward to right about now.

In what is an exciting and major addition to Boston’s music scene, Crash Line Productions, in partnership with Bowery Presents, recently announced the highly anticipated Boston Calling festival which will be held on  Saturday May 25th and Sunday May 26th at the city’s historic City Hall Plaza [One City Hall Square, Boston, Massachusetts].

Early-Bird VIP and weekend passes went on sale Friday March 1, 2013 — selling out within a matter of  days — while additional one-day passes, weekend packs and specialty group skybox deals officially opened up yesterday at 10:00 AM EST. If the site crashing repeatedly over the course of an hour [which may have resulted in near-panic-attack conditions] is any indication to the enthusiasm behind this event, then it’s safe to say Boston Calling may reach legendary status. And don’t  you worry HDLiving fans, we managed to purchase our tickets via Ticketmaster, so we’ll be sure to post our real-time updates throughout the show, for all not lucky enough to attend.

Now let’s get to the good stuff. Most important is the epic list of artists — jam packed with some of the hottest names — including the ultra-popular, Grammy award-winning group, Fun.

Yup, you heard right….

Boston Calling will bring a heavy-hitting line-up to its two stages. Headlined by The National, which is set to release a new LP later this year, and Fun., 2013 Grammy winners for Best New Artist and Song of the Year “We Are Young.” Legends and newcomers alike, in genres ranging from indie folk and pop to American rock will perform. A few highlights include The Shins, Of Monsters and Men, Young the Giant, Andrew Bird, Marina and the Diamonds, Matt and Kim, The Walkmen, Youth Lagoon, Portugal. The Man, and Cults.

In creating the line-up, Crash Line Productions’ Partners and Co-Founders Brian Appel and Mike Snow tapped Aaron Dessner, acclaimed songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of The National, so as to ensure the festival offered ticketholders the most entertaining and eclectic range of performances. It is not the first time Dessner has co-curated a festival’s line-up; he founded and curated the annual “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” festival in New York last year and curated England’s All Tomorrow’s Parties with The National this past December.

Of the Boston Calling collaboration, Dessner says, “I was excited to be invited by friends to help with the artistic direction of this festival. We’ve been playing shows in Boston for almost 15 years, and I can say without a doubt the city has one of the best live audiences and music scenes in the country. There’s no reason it shouldn’t have a great outdoor music festival of its own. We worked hard to pull together an exciting group of artists.”

Perched on a hill in Downtown Boston and with the city’s skyscrapers encircling its grounds, Boston Calling’s locale at City Hall Plaza will offer the ideal urban festival vibe.Producers will enhance this environment with two performance stages, a spacious beer garden, a food pavilion comprised of food trucks and local food vendors, and world-class lighting and design throughout the plaza. Boston Calling will also feature a VIP component whereby VIP ticketholders will have access to City Hall Courtyard, a 25,000 square foot, second-floor Mezzanine offering prime views of the main stage as well as specially curated menus and luxurious amenities.

Boston is such a great city for music and arts, and the city’s appetite for live outdoor events only grows each year. We are fortunate to have some wonderful people contributing to this event, and we are excited to fill a void in the New England festival circuit. Our aim is to do nothing less than exceed ticketholders’ expectations,” says Appel. “As Boston natives who have worked in the industry for a long time, we really could not be more excited to translate our knowledge of both music and city events into a festival unlike any the region has seen,” Snow adds.

Boston. Memorial Day Weekend. Beer Garden & Fun. — safe to say you can count us in. For more details about Boston Calling, please visit online and make sure to join the #BostonCalling conversation via Twitter and Facebook.


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