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Here’s the full Boston Calling 2022 lineup

Nine Inch Nails, The Strokes, and Metallica will headline the 11th edition of the Boston music festival.

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Nine Inch Nails will replace Foo Fighters as a headliner at Boston Calling 2022. Rebecca Blackwell/AP

The full Boston Calling 2022 lineup is here, and festival organizers have found some hard-rocking headliners to replace Rage Against the Machine, Foo Fighters, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Boston Calling finalized its lineup on April 6 with the announcement of Trent Reznor’s industrial rock outfit Nine Inch Nails as its third headliner.

NIN joins The Strokes and Metallica as headliners at this year’s festival, which will be held at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston on Memorial Day weekend from May 27 to 29.

Nine Inch Nails’ performance at Boston Calling will be the fourth show on the group’s 2022 tour, which kicks off April 28 in Raleigh, N.C.


Nine Inch Nails will headline Friday’s show, while The Strokes and Metallica close out the festival on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

In total, fans will be able to enjoy a lineup of more than 50 performers, including the largest collection of regional artists ever assembled at Boston Calling.

Along with the headliners, top-billed performers include electronica group Rüfüs Du Sol, alt-rockers Weezer, sibling rock trio HAIM, hip-hop duo Run The Jewels, indie rock group Glass Animals, Aussie prog rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, 2000s pop-punk icon Avril Lavigne, psychedelic soul band Black Pumas, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick, Connecticut jam band Goose, hip-hop duo EARTHGANG, and rock group Modest Mouse.

“We are so thrilled to bring Boston Calling back, and we cannot thank our loyal fans enough for supporting us as we navigated the pandemic,” Boston Calling CEO Brian Appel said in a press release. “This year’s lineup is particularly special for us. It not only signifies a return to the things we love, but it also celebrates some of the world’s most renowned acts, exciting up-and-comers, and Boston’s talented music scene.”

Metallica, The Strokes, and Nine Inch Nails are effectively replacing Rage Against the Machine, Foo Fighters, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, who were originally slated to headline Boston Calling 2020.


Rage announced the cancellation of the first half of their North American tour in January, while RHCP will come to Boston for a show at Fenway Park on Sept. 10. Foo Fighters announced in March they would be pulling out of the festival following the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins at age 50.

Of the 50+ artists on the bill this year, 18 have New England ties, with Appel saying that “it was very important to us that Boston Calling 2022 shine a spotlight on local and regional artists more than ever before.” Among the up-and-coming local acts on the bill are Brockton rap collective Van Buren Records, Boston rapper Cam Meekins, Milford rockers Born Without Bones, and Boston musician/filmmaker/professor Cliff Notez.

“I’m about to be on one of Boston’s biggest stages with a bunch of my friends throughout the day,” Cliff Notez said in the release. “To say we dreamed of this at some point is an understatement, we’re all looking forward to giving fans some of the most amazing performances we’ve ever seen. Wait until you see what we have up our sleeve!”

Single Day General Admission ($129.99), Single Day General Admission 2-Packs ($249.99), VIP Passes ($349.99), and Platinum Passes ($899.99) will be available at


For the first time, Boston Calling is also offering fans a chance to buy 2-day GA tickets for $228.99, or a 2-pack of 2-day GA tickets for $449.99.

Along with the 1-day and 2-day passes, the standard 3-Day General Admission tickets ($369.99), 3-Day VIP tickets ($999.99), and 3-Day Platinum tickets ($1,999.99) — as well as a two-pack of 3-Day GA tickets ($699.99) — remain available on the festival website.

Check out the full Boston Calling 2022 line-up below. Set times will be announced at a later date.

Friday, May 27, 2022

Nine Inch Nails

Rüfüs Du Sol


Avril Lavigne

Cheap Trick

Oliver Tree

The Struts

Paris Jackson

The Backseat Lovers 


Paris Texas

Mob Rich

Pom Pom Squad

Born Without Bones


Miranda Rae

The Chelsea Curve 

Saturday, May 28, 2022

The Strokes

Run The Jewels

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Black Pumas


Orville Peck


Sudan Archives 



Frances Forever

Charlotte Sands

Julie Rhodes

Van Buren Records

Ali McGuirk

Coral Moons

Dutch Tulips

Sunday, May 29, 2022



Glass Animals

Modest Mouse



Japanese Breakfast


Peach Tree Rascals



Cam Meekins


Cliff Notez

Crooked Coast

Aaron and the Lord

Paper Tigers

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