Our Mission

Lincoln Calling seeks to celebrate creativity through artistic expression, community engagement, and environmental leadership.


Lincoln Calling is an annual, non-profit music festival that transforms the streets of downtown Lincoln, Nebraska into a weeklong celebratory explosion of the arts, culture, and the collaborative spirit tantamount to our city’s ever-ramping vitality.

In 2018, Lincoln Calling – which has thrived on featuring bands just before they break, while showcasing a diversity of genres, artists, and artistic disciplines since its inception in 2004 – drew more than 8,500 music lovers to downtown Lincoln, including patrons from 75 cites, 25 states, and 3 countries.

Over the past 5 years, Lincoln Calling has joined forces with long-running community events including Make Lincoln, YP Week and Startup Week bringing to the festival a 2-day Night Market/beer fest, The Lincoln Arts Festival, wellness activities, professional development workshops, and an acute focus on festival sustainability practices.

In 2019 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.

Past Headliners


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charli xcxbest coastangel olsenbeach fossilsfrankie cosmossandy (alex G)pupel ten elevenjohn morelandcupcakkepalehouse


domo genesisreal estatecloud nothingstwin peaksAlan kingdom
ceremonygosh pithhidea giant dogscreaming females


desert noiseshead of femurbandit soundwestside proletariatjosh hoyer and soul colossalfreakaboutuniverse contest


sidewalk chalkbailiffdeerpeoplethe kickbackwhite mystery


future islandsboyjeremy messersmithhenhouse prowlershot buttered rumallie kral of cormeal


wolfgang gartnerLaetitia sadier of stereolabivan and alyoshaauthor and punisherdesert noiseshume


larry and his flaskthe kickbacklionizegauntlet hairuuvvwwzthe photo atlas


roger clyne and the peacemakerssea wolfthe hood internetthose darlinsthe love languagethe flatliners


sleepy sunthe rosewood thievesfrontier ruckusflowers foreverbroken spindles


pattern is movementthe killigansthe machete archivetatsuya nakatanicameron mcgill and what army


head of femurgito gito hustlerflobotssomasphere


criterianeva dinovamaritimeheiruspecsthe prids56 hope road


tilly and the wallorenda finkdavid donderorailbenderslegendary shake shakers


for againstshanti groovefalconfive-0ad aspera per asperathe architects