About

Our Mission

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

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 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

2018

japanese breakfast • waxahatcheejoey dosik • parquet courts • ron gallofantastic negritolion babeleikeli47oughtohmmereynathe nude party

2017

charli xcx • best coastangel olsen • beach fossils • frankie cosmos • sandy (alex G) • pupel ten elevenjohn morelandcupcakkepalehouse 

2016

domo genesis • real estatecloud nothings • twin peaks • Alan kingdom •
ceremony • gosh pithhidea giant dogscreaming females 

2015

desert noises • head of femurbandit sound • westside proletariat • josh hoyer and soul colossal • freakabout • universe contest 

2014

sidewalk chalk • bailiff • deerpeople • the kickback • white mystery 

2013

future islands • boyjeremy messersmith • henhouse prowlers • hot buttered rum • allie kral of cormeal 

2012

wolfgang gartner • Laetitia sadier of stereolabivan and alyosha • author and punisher • desert noises • hume 

2011

larry and his flask • the kickbacklionize • gauntlet hair • uuvvwwz • the photo atlas 

2010

roger clyne and the peacemakers • sea wolfthe hood internet • those darlins • the love language • the flatliners

2009

sleepy sun • the rosewood thievesfrontier ruckus • flowers forever • broken spindles 

2008

pattern is movement • the killigansthe machete archive • tatsuya nakatani • cameron mcgill and what army 

2007

head of femur • gito gito hustler • flobots • somasphere 

2006

criteria • neva dinovamaritime • heiruspecs • the prids56 hope road 

2005

tilly and the wall • orenda finkdavid dondero • railbenders • legendary shake shakers 

2004

for against • shanti groovefalconfive-0 • ad aspera per aspera • the architects