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ABOUT

OUR MISSION

Lincoln Calling highlights some of the state and country’s most exciting and emerging artists. This festival is dedicated to creative artist curation featuring underrepresented populations while driving new culture to Lincoln.

Our History

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 2019, 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 25 cites, 18 states, and 4 countries.

Over the past 6 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, Lincoln Calling featured free, professional and artist workshops, ranging in topic from “Building Civil Discourse and Bridging Ideological Divides” to “Finding the Right Sound in the Studio: A Conversation with the Experts”. The festival also prioritized environmental sustainability efforts, capturing 1.5 tons of recycled materials from venues over three days.

In 2020 and beyond, by highlighting some of the country’s and state’s most exciting emerging artists, Lincoln Calling is only growing bigger and better. 

Past Headliners

2019

lee fields & the expressionssoccer mommycautious claya tribe called redtt the artistcharly bliss • taylor mcferrin • fat tonyzuzuka poderosabad bad hatssamiasquirrel flower

2018

japanese breakfastwaxahatcheejoey dosikparquet courtsron gallofantastic negritolion babeleikeli47oughtohmmereynathe nude party

2017

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

2016

domo genesisreal estatecloud nothingstwin peaksalan kingdom • ceremonygosh pithhidea giant dogscreaming females

2015

desert noiseshead of femurbandit soundwestside proletariatjosh hoyer and soul colossalfreakaboutuniverse contest

2014

sidewalk chalkbailiffdeerpeoplethe kickbackwhite mystery

2013

future islandsboyjeremy messersmithhenhouse prowlershot buttered rumallie kral of cormeal

2012

wolfgang gartnerlaetitia sadier of stereolabivan and alyoshaauthor and punisherdesert noiseshume

2011

larry and his flaskthe kickbacklionizegauntlet hairuuvvwwzthe photo atlas

2010

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

2009

sleepy sunthe rosewood thievesfrontier ruckusflowers foreverbroken spindles

2008

pattern is movementthe killigansthe machete archivetatsuya nakatanicameron mcgill and what army

2007

head of femurgito gito hustlerflobotssomasphere

2006

criterianeva dinovamaritimeheiruspecsthe prids56 hope road

2005

tilly and the wallorenda finkdavid donderorailbenderslegendary shake shakers

2004

for againstshanti groovefalconfive-0ad aspera per asperathe architects

MUSIC. ART. INNOVATION.