Lincoln Calling is an annual, non-profit music festival focusing on emerging artists and occurring across multiple indoor/outdoor venues in downtown Lincoln, Neb. Lincoln Calling is a week filled with amazing music and local artisans surrounded by community and professional development. Over the course of one week in the fall, Lincoln Calling draws thousands of concertgoers from around the country to catch more than 100 emerging bands in Downtown Lincoln.
In 2017 Lincoln Calling drew more than 8,000 music lovers to downtown Lincoln, including patrons from 75 cites, 25 states, and 3 countries. The festival is committed to being an accessible, affordable and easily navigable exhibition of Nebraska’s diverse arts scene as well to helping Lincoln attract top-flight national talent.
Founded by Nebraska music lover and promoter Jeremy Buckley in 2004, the festival has thrived on featuring bands just before they break, while showcasing a diversity of genres, artist and artistic disciplines along the way. Lincoln Calling is a chance to see Nebraska’s best artists sharing the stage with national acts, which has included Charli XCX, Future Islands, Angel Olsen, Real Estate, Domo Genesis, Cloud Nothings, Beach Fossils, John Moreland, Screaming Females, Ceremony, Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings, BOY, Ivan & Alyosha, The Hood Internet and Tilly and the Wall among more than 1,000 others. And while Lincoln Calling has varied slightly in length and venue participation in its lifetime, in recent years it’s consistently offered in the vicinity of 100 performances.
Lincoln Calling has worked to build partnerships to help the festival impact a wider segment of Nebraskans, while also attracting culture lovers from around the country to see what’s so cool about Lincoln. In 2016, Lincoln Calling joined forces with long-running community events including Make Lincoln, YP Week and Startup Week. Constantly evolving, and always interested in serving the community in unique ways, Lincoln Calling aims to make Nebraska an internationally known cultural destination. By working with our mayor and chamber of commerce we have identified and built various partnerships with local nonprofits and area businesses to attract new faces to the city of Lincoln.
In 2018 and beyond, this music festival that highlights some of the country’s and state’s most exciting emerging artists, is only growing bigger and better. With more non-musical programming joining the fold, and killer headliners already confirmed, Lincoln Calling is on the cusp of securing a spot in the national music festival conversation.