The holiday season may be over, but the gifts keep on flowing, and today, Boston Calling delivered the goodies with the release of their 2018 lineup. The festival, which runs from May 25 to May 27, will feature more than 50 musicians and comedians, including some headliners familiar and some new.
The most attention-grabbing headliner, depending on your point of view, would be Eminem
, who is now slated to headline three summer festivals, Coachella, Governors Ball and now Boston Calling. It's strange that Em, who has been on the scene for decades now and whose recent album Revival was greeted with lukewarm responses, is set to be this summer's superstar, but he has been hotter than ever between his anti-Trump raps and Beyonce collabs. The other standout artist is Russian-based fem-punk band Pussy Riot
, most well-known for their overtly political performances and their arrest in Moscow for protesting Vladimir Putin during a guerilla performance at an orthodox church. Boston Calling is set to be their second performance in the U.S. since playing in L.A. in December.
Interestingly, it also seems that Boston Calling took a note from the grievances launched against the bills of Coachella and Governors Ball, as the disparity in font size between the headliners and smaller bands is much less significant on Boston Calling's bill than the other two.
Besides music, Boston Calling also has several key entertainment events lined up, including an appearance by Natalie Portman of all people. She intended to have screen a film festival during the event last year which never came to fruition, but festival producers say that she has to-be-announced programing to contribute. Several comedians are also performing, including Jenny Slate, Bridget Everett and Max Silvestri.
A more intimate response to the Coachellas and Governors Balls of the world, Boston Calling still promises to pack a lot into a little, and if the plans fall through at Coachella, we might have a chance of seeing Perfume Genius