The National, fun. top first Boston Calling Festival

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Boston finally has a festival of its own. The “Boston Calling” festival will make its debut this Memorial Day weekend at City Hall Plaza, becoming the first major music festival to take place right in the Hub. Scheduled for Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, the festival features an impressive lineup lead by headliners The National and fun.

Also set to perform at Boston Calling are The Shins, Of Monsters and Men, Matt and Kim, Young the Giant, Andrew Bird, Marina and the Diamonds, Matt and Kim, The Walkmen, Youth Lagoon, Portugal. The Man and Cults. The city’s local music scene will be represented by hometown favorites Bad Rabbits and Caspian. Gates will open at 1 p.m. and the music, which will take place across two stages with no overlapping sets, is scheduled to run till 10:30 p.m.

Two-day festival passes will go on sale at the “early bird” rate of $120 on Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Fans can then purchase single-day tickets for $75 or a weekend pass for the standard rate of $130 on Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. VIP packages, which will offer private viewing and dining areas as well as a merchandise credit and festival poster, will be available for $185 per day or $350 for a weekend pass.

Presented by Crash Line Productions (founded by former WFNX colleagues Brian Appel and Mike Snow) in a partnership with Bowery Presents, Boston Calling’s lineup was curated by Aaron Dessner of The National. The songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is no stranger to such tasks after curating the annual “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” festival in New York last year and England’s All Tomorrow’s Parties this past December.

“I was excited to be invited by friends to help with the artistic direction of this festival,” said Dessner in a press release. “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.”

Along with state of the art sound and lighting at the two performance stages, Boston Calling organizers are promising to provide a spacious beer garden and a food pavilion comprised of food trucks and local food vendors in the plaza. The festival is expected to draw a crowd of up to 20,000 fans.

“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,” said 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,” added Snow.

The National will release their highly anticipated sixth studio album and follow-up to 2010’s High Violet in May. After winning two Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, fun. continue to support their hit 2012 album Some Nights.

2013 Boston Calling Festival Lineup

Saturday, May 25
The Shins
Marina and the Diamonds
Matt and Kim
Portugal. The Man
St. Lucia
Bad Rabbits

Sunday, May 26
The National
Of Monsters and Men
Young the Giant
Andrew Bird
The Dirty Projectors
Ra Ra Riot
The Walkmen
Youth Lagoon

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