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Boston Calling 2017 Lineup Incites High Expectations

Last week, the Boston Calling Music Festival released the 2017 lineup, which was greeted with overwhelming enthusiasm from regular festival goers. Accompanying the extensive list of accomplished headliners was the announcement that this year's festival would not take place in its traditional location. As past festival attendees will recall, the downtown location of the festival in Boston's City Hall Plaza beckoned massive crowds. Attendees could expect to hear a myriad of sounds surging from the stage and bouncing between the concrete buildings that surrounded the former festival grounds.

In exchange for the restrictive, lower occupancy locale, Boston Calling Music Festival 2017 is moving to Harvard University's Athletics Complex in Allston, MA. The more spacious location allows for a more substantial lineup. That is, the performers have more than doubled, reaching a total of 45 artists scheduled to play.

This year marks the eighth anniversary of Boston Calling, and on its eighth year, the festival is anticipated to exceed expectations of the attendees. The event has created a space for a broader variety of music, food vendors, and even some cinematic relief courtesy of Academy Award winning actor, producer, and director, Natalie Portman. While information on the film experience is forthcoming, the festival is expected to implement several visual art displays, making the festival far more interdisciplinary than a stereotypical festival experience.

Tool, Mumford and Sons, and Chance the Rapper will take turns headlining on the main stage on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, respectively.

While there is much to be said about the three main acts, there are a plethora of other artists that are bound to appeal to a broad range of music tastes. From Bon Iver, an American indie folk artist founded by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon, who recently released his long awaited (five years to be exact) album, to new talent such as Oh Wonder, the alt-pop duo who released their DIY album in 2015, and subsequently toured most of North America and Europe, the festival is showcasing both well known and up and coming artists.

The 2017 lineup will also feature:

The XX,  Major Lazer, Weezer, The 1975, Sigur Ros, Solange, Cage the Elephant, Run the Jewels, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Tegan and Sara, Brandi Carlile, Sylvan Esso, Majid Jordan, Flatbush Zombies, Wolf Parade, Mac DeMarco, Danny Brown, Piebald, Frightened Rabbit, Modern Baseball, Car Seat Headrest, Buffalo Tom, Cousin Stizz, Mitski, Russ, Francis and the Lights, Deerhoof, Pup, Whitney, Strand of Oaks, Hiss Golden Messenger, Moses Sumney, Kevin Morby, The Hotelier, Lucy Dacus, Vundabar, Xylouris White, Tkay Maidza, Alexandra Savior, and Mondo Cozmo.

For information on tickets, including 3-day GA passes and single-day passes, visit: http://www.bostoncalling.com/lineup.html.

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