Wellesley favorite Couch cracks Boston Calling, Levitate music festival line-ups; More music festival rosters filling out

Updated 4/28/23

We’re pleased to see that Couch, a band featuring a couple of Wellesley High alums, has cracked both this year’s big Boston Calling music festival line-up slated for Memorial Day Weekend at Harvard University’s athletic complex as well as the Levitate Music & Arts Festival in Marshfield, which runs July 7-9. Couch will be performing alongside the likes of Paramore, Queens of the Stone Age, and Bleachers at Boston Calling, and on a bill at Levitate that includes Ziggy Marley and Brandi Carlile among others.

couch logoAs we reported last year, Couch is a band on the rise, increasingly showing up on popular festival line-ups. Couch bassist Will Griffin and trumpet player Jeffrey Pinsker-Smith are 2017 Wellesley High School graduates. Couch describes its style as infusing “pop songs with funk, R&B, jazz, and rock influences.”

“BOSTON CALLING!!! Over the moon to be playing alongside this LINEUP 🥵 on memorial day weekend ☀️🌻” Couch shouted out on its social media.

Wellesley High alum Cam Meekins performed at last year’s Boston Calling.

Boston Calling tickets go on sale this Thursday, Jan. 12.

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Levitate Music & Arts Festival

Levitate, which takes place July 7-9 in Marshfield, features headliners like Brandi Carlile and the Trey Anastasio Band, plus a fun food and arts market. As we reported from last year’s Levitate, our first, it was good vibes all around at the fairground.


In Between Days festival

For music festival fans, this is an exciting time of year, as line-ups are revealed.

Also locally, tickets have gone on sale for the In Between Days 2-day festival in Quincy that features Lord Huron, Modest Mouse, Phantogram, and others, plus a vintage marketplace, vinyl record exchange, retro arcade, and food and drinks. It takes place Aug. 19-20, as a fun summer-ender.

Beach Road Festival

Martha’s Vineyard winds down summer on Aug. 25-27 with its Beach Road Festival. Performers include Leon Bridges, Alvvays, Mumford & Sons, and more.

The Stage @ Suffolk Downs

This new venue at the famed horse racing track in Boston opens in June with a series of 3 shows headlined by Steve Lacy, LCD Soundsystem, and Boygenius. Ticket info.

The Breakaway Festival hits The Stage Sept. 15-16, led by Griz, Lane 8 and Porter Robinson in a lineup that includes variety though leans towards electronic music.  This will be the first Breakaway in Boston. The festival also takes place in Kansas City, the Carolinas, Missouri, Michigan, and northern California.

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