Lincoln Calling thrives on featuring bands just before they break, while showcasing a diversity of genres, artists, and artistic disciplines along the way. Lincoln Calling is a chance to see Nebraska’s best artists sharing the stage with national acts. Past lineups have featured 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 has consistently offered in the vicinity of 100 performances.
Lincoln Calling is particularly cognizant of the need for visibility of performers in the LGBTQ community, performers of color, and female performers; this year’s festival boasts 50/50 representation between male and female artists at a time when, on average, only 15% of performers at national music festivals are women.