Boston Calling adds The Decemberists

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Boston Calling have announced their long-awaited final headliner, The Decemberists. The veteran indie rock favorites will end a brief hiatus to perform on Saturday, May 24 as part of the 3-day festival, which will take place at City Hall Plaza.

The Decemberists set at Boston Calling will mark their first live performance since since August of 2011 (their last Boston show was in January of 2011) and their one and only festival appearance of 2014. Earlier this year, the band announced they would return for a pair of benefit concerts in their hometown of Portland, Oregon at the end of May. At the shows, they’ll perform their 2002’s debut album Castaways and Cutouts in its entirety.

As to what to expect from the band at Boston Calling, Colin Meloy, lead singer and songwriter for The Decemberists said in a press release, “We’re working on a new record, actually! Lots of new songs kicking around and I imagine we’ll play a few of them. We have lots of great memories of playing in Boston and don’t think we’ve ever played a festival here, so we’re looking forward to it!”

The Decemberists’ last studio release was 2011’s The King is Dead. The band’s sixth studio effort earned a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Rock Song” for its lead single “Down by the Water”.

Joing fellow headliners Jack Johnson and Modest Mouse, The Decmberists will perform alongside Death Cab For Cutie on Saturday, May 31. Other notable acts set to perform Boston Calling include Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Tegan and Sara, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, Brand New, The Head and the Heart, Bastille, Jenny Lewis and Built To Spill. Americana stomp band TigermanWOAH! and synth rockers Magic Man will bring a local flair to the festival, which is rounded out by The Neighbourhood, Phosphorescent, Kurt Vile and The Violators, Walk off the Earth, Warpaint, Cass McCombs, Maximo Park and The Districts.

Tickets for Boston Calling are now on sale through Ticketmaster in a variety of formats. Three-day passes are available for $175, 2-day weekend passes are available for $135, while single-day tickets are available for $50 for Friday or $75 for Saturday and Sunday. VIP packages are also available. The festival is promising anyone who purchases a ticket or pass by Monday, March 31 at noon, a special offer to revealed later in the week for the September edition of Boston Calling.

Boston Calling, the city’s first multi-day outdoor music festival, launched in 2013 with May and September editions. As it was last year, 2014′s lineup was curated by Aaron Dessner of The National in collaboration with Boston Calling producers Crash Line Productions and Bowery Boston. This year, Boston Calling has expanded to three days with a concert on Friday night set to kick off the festival. On Saturday and Sunday, the festival will take place across two stages with no overlapping sets.

In other news, festival organizers have announced that Boston-based Samuel Adams will celebrate its 30th Anniversary this year in Boston Calling’s Beer Gardens, where guests will be able to purchase a variety of Samuel Adams brews.

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