The Man Behind the Boston Calling Lineup


Boston Calling is celebrating its tenth version this yr and is doing so with type. Their lineup is definitely one among my favorites of the yr and is completely stacked from prime to backside. Among the world’s largest acts are headlining Boston Calling, together with Twenty One Pilots, Travis Scott, and Tame Impala. Every of those can simply promote out arenas and is sufficient justification to buy a ticket, however there’s much more to a lineup than simply headliners. The true artwork of a spectacular music competition lineup is within the undercard, the bands who play all through the day earlier than the headliners.

Boston Calling has the undercard coated and have performed it in a powerful vogue. Rock followers can go loopy at Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Turnstile, White Reaper, and Greta Van Fleet. Hip hop heads can take a look at Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, Logic, and Denzel Curry. Digital followers have Odeza, Chromeo, and Snakehips. There’s even an insanely robust comedy lineup that includes Fred Armisen, Jenny Slate, and Michael Che. If one way or the other none of this tickles your fancy, then go take a look at the Boston Ballet, sure, the precise Boston Ballet. They even managed to guide Imogen Heap. For those who can’t discover a minimum of 5 artists to see every day, you’re doing one thing very incorrect.

I had the chance to talk with the person who helped make this lineup a risk, Trevor Solomon. He was capable of shed some gentle into what it takes to make a music competition lineup occur together with the stressors and obstacles individuals face making a music fest occur. Solomon has been reserving acts for Boston Calling since 2015 and bought his begin out in Portland, the place he labored for a promoter named Mike Trasher. From there he began working at a reserving company the place he started to be taught the ins and outs of expertise reserving. Quickly the music competition scene began blowing up, and he knew he wished to part of it, so he took what he discovered and began working with MusicFestNW.


Quick-forward a couple of years, and he’s talking to me, a music competition junkie dying to know what it takes to place one thing as stellar as Boston Calling collectively.

What are the largest obstacles you face when attempting to guide acts?

There are quite a few issues. There are manufacturing points, there’s journey/scheduling. The most important situation we come throughout is manufacturing. Bands and administration are on prime of it; it’s nearly having the communication. We wish to ensure that the artist’s imaginative and prescient is ready to come by appropriately. 

How lengthy earlier than launch day do you’ve gotten each band arrange within the lineup?

To be very frank, some years it’s a month or extra; generally it’s hours. We’re grinding away daily to verify we’ve it able to go.

How hectic is it the day earlier than the lineup drops?

My blood stress positively goes up, I can’t lie about that. I wouldn’t wish to have my blood stress learn, as a result of I’m positive it’s excessive.

Irrespective of how robust the lineup is, it’s all the time met with blended feelings. What does that really feel like from someone who put a lot work and soul into creating one thing that others can take pleasure in?

I wouldn’t lie and say that I don’t learn it. Everyone seems to be entitled to their opinions. On the finish of the day, the one opinions I care about are my spouse and son. My spouse likes this lineup, possibly greater than others possibly not as a lot; however she does and that’s what issues. 

Who’s your white whale act?

I don’t wish to say. I don’t really feel like there’s an act we’ll by no means get. I by no means thought we might ever get Eminem, however we bought him. These white whales can occur.

Are you attending another fests this yr past Boston Calling?

Yeah, I plan on attending Oshega once more, which is one among my favorites. I wish to go to this new competition in Washington known as Factor. Adam Zacks, the man behind Sasquatch, is making it occur. It seems very attention-grabbing. 

Will Monkey Trick ever be on a Boston Calling lineup? 

(Monkey Trick is a band that Trevor Solomon is a part of)

Hahhaha! I’m glad you probably did your analysis. No, we won’t be taking part in. My physique can’t deal with that stuff anymore.  


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