Boston Calling 2021 officially canceled

Organizers hope the festival will return in 2022.

Fans dancing and singing at Boston Calling 2019. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

Boston Calling organizers announced on Monday that the 2021 edition of its festival, which was scheduled to take place Memorial Day weekend, has been canceled.

“After exploring all possible options for hosting Boston Calling this year, we have made the difficult decision in conjunction with local and state authorities to cancel the 2021 festival,” the organization announced on its website. “The health and safety of our entire community is always our top priority, and there was no appropriate scenario under which we could provide the Boston Calling experience you love and deserve.”

This marks the second year that Boston Calling has been canceled due to the pandemic. The 2020 festival, which was supposed to be headlined by Foo Fighters, Rage Against the Machine, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, was canceled on March 31, 2020.


Individuals who purchased passes for the 2021 festival or chose to roll their 2020 festival passes over to 2021 and would like a refund must complete a request on the festival website by 5 p.m. EST on March 8, 2021. Otherwise, passes will automatically be rolled over to the 2022 festival, which organizers hope will take place over Memorial Day weekend in 2022.

“While we are sad to go another year without the festival, we have set our sights on 2022 — mark your calendar for Memorial Day weekend,” organizers wrote. “We look forward to sharing more information around headliners, lineup and vendors as we get closer to the 2022 festival.”

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