BOSTON - Every year, the biggest music festival in Boston is Boston Calling. Music fans from all over, not just the local scene, flock to the city to see what the year's collection of big-name acts will be. Many have praised Boston Calling over the years for having a deep bench of performers and while this year has a solid slew of names from top to bottom, it is clear that the Boston Calling organizers have decided to up the ante in 2020.
This year, perhaps more than any other, the headlining acts are the big draw as they went all out to nab some of the biggest names of 1990s music. But the bands that defined the 1990s are still major attractions today. They are timeless! It's setting up Boston Calling 2020 to be a great one, as it will take place at Allston's Harvard Athletic Complex from May 22 to May 24 this spring.
Passes are available now for music lovers who want to see the incredible lineup of performers. On the Friday of Boston Calling, Dave Grohl's band, the Foo Fighters, will take the stage, in one of the festival's greatest gets ever. The next night? Oh, just a little band called Rage Against the Machine will be playing their only New England show in 2020. And to top it all off, Sunday's headlining act is the iconic and amazing Red Hot Chili Peppers.
RHCP is coming off a surprisingly busy news period in which they brought back longtime guitarist John Frusciante to the band, to rejoin Anthony Kiedis, Flea, and Chad Smith. Unfortunately, it left ten-year tenured guitar player Josh Klinghoffer on the outside looking in on the band. Klinghoffer is great, but it will also be fantastic to see Frusciante back with his collaborators after so long.
Rounding out the group from just the headlining acts are performers and groups like Jason Isbell, Brittany Howard, and Emily Ruskowski on Friday. Saturday will also see Run the Jewels, Banks, and Girl in Red. And Friday will have a stellar lineup that includes The 1975, Liam Gallagher, and Phoebe Bridgers.
It's going to be a great festival in 2020!
Image via Wikimedia Commons