Music festivals are not waiting for fans to decide on which lineup is the best so far in 2018. Over the last few days, fans have received late holiday gifts with lineup announcements from Coachella and Governors Ball. On Thursday, another one of the east coast’s premiere multi-day music events has unveiled its very rock-friendly lineup, with Boston Calling set to feature headlining performances from Eminem, Jack White and The Killers.
Seeing Eminem and White’s name on the top of the poster shouldn’t surprise fans who have been paying attention. Eminem looks to be this year’s main North American festival attraction, having already appeared on Coachella and GovBall posters earlier this week along with White, who will also headline the New York City event. The Killers also continue their heavy touring schedule in support of their 2017 studio release, Wonderful Wonderful, and this may not be the last festival announcement they're a part of before the spring is over.
Unlike the previous lineups announced this week, Boston Calling’s poster is rich with plenty of guitar-driven rock music. Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Paramore, Fleet Foxes, St. Vincent, Royal Blood, Thundercat, Julien Baker, and Alvvays make up some of the bigger rock performances scheduled to take place over the three days on May 25-27. Even the fine print down below features some of the stronger acts leading the indie rock scene today, with Thee Oh Sees, Australia’s Pond, Charly Bliss and the jazz-fusion/jam band known as Tauk are also on the bill.
Arguably the most talked about name on the bill is Pussy Riot, the feminist-heavy protest punk rock band from Russia who have made just as many headlines over recent years thanks to their progressive political views and actions, in addition to their attitude-fueled rock sound.
The three-day festival will return to the Harvard Athletic Complex just outside of Boston this spring. Ticketing and more general information about the upcoming event can be found by visiting the event’s official website.