Boston Calling 2019 kicked off on a blustery Friday afternoon with thousands of attendees pouring into the Harvard Athletic Complex grounds to see Lord Huron, CHVRCHES, Twenty One Pilots, and other acts. While the vast majority of festival-goers are GA ticket holders, some sprung for the coveted VIP and Platinum passes, both of which are still available as single-day passes for Saturday and Sunday.
The price for a single-day Platinum ticket is a cool $649 (plus $40.25 in fees), but is it worth it? We checked out the Platinum area to see what being a “gold-status” Boston Calling attendee really means.
The views and space
Located roughly equidistant to the Red Stage and Green Stage, the Platinum area’s raised viewing section provides a great vantage point for watching both stages, though if you’re looking to get up-close-and-personal with the acts, this won’t provide you with a one-on-one experience. You will be able to sit on comfortable couches and chairs that look out onto those stages and the Ferris wheel. An assortment of picnic tables and giant barrels (some piled with oversized Jenga bricks) are scattered around a grassy area behind the main viewing area, and another section full of picnic tables faces the festival grounds.
On Friday night, James Beard Award winner Jody Adams — owner of Trade, Porto, and Saloniki — provided Mediterranean fare for the Platinum crowd, with a buffet-style setup that included thick pitas; chicken, lamb, and vegetable souvlaki; French fries; classic Mediterranean salads; and desserts (cookies and her crispy version of baklava).
“It’s a fun and easy menu,” Adams told Boston.com. “We have an option for everyone.”
It’s the first time the chef has catered a large music festival, and when asked which act she was most excited about seeing, she laughed and said, “the Boston Ballet.”
On Saturday, Jamie Bissonnette (Toro, Coppa, Little Donkey) will be offering Impossible burgers, vegan paella, a lamb bacon lettuce wrap station, foie bratwurst, and more; Sunday’s meal featuring Jeremy Sewall (Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34) will be seafood-heavy, with Maine lobster tacos, crispy oyster sliders, and other dishes from the sea.
The bar within the Platinum area serves beer and wine that you’ll find elsewhere around the festival grounds — Miller High Life, Peroni, Angry Orchard Crisp Apple — but at a much lower price point ($3 to $4) than other drink stations around Boston Calling. There are also Ketel One vodka and Bulleit bourbon cocktails available for $5 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., as well as drinks and bites passed around throughout the day.
Think this is an experience you could get behind? Platinum tickets are still available for Saturday and Sunday and can be purchased here.