Lincoln Calling Q&A

The biggest music festival to hit downtown Lincoln arrives Oct. 6.

The 13th annual Lincoln Calling will bring national and local music and comedy acts to venues across downtown Lincoln over a three-day period. 

In anticipation of the festival, DLA asked Hear Nebraska co-founder Andrew Norman some questions about the event. 

Downtown Lincoln: What made the conditions right this year for Lincoln Calling to become a Hear Nebraska program?

Andrew Norman: Lincoln Calling founder Jeremy Buckley approached Hear Nebraska with the idea a couple years ago. He'd been shouldering nearly the entire production for 12 years and was ready for some help. With two years of successful statewide concert tours (The Good Living Tour) under Hear Nebraska's belt, and a clear desire among local businesses for a non-football event that could draw a national audience and help illustrate what makes Lincoln a great place to live, work and play, it made sense to make a go of it.

DLA: How many people are you guys expecting to come out?

Norman: We hope 1,000-1,500 people participate each of the three nights.

DLA: What shows are you most excited for?

Norman: This sounds like a dodge, but I'm honestly excited for every single lineup on the festival, having had a part in booking all of them. That said, I'm particularly interested in: Folk at Vega Thursday (Esmé Patterson, David Dondero, Simon Joyner, Gaelynn Lea, etc.); hip-hop at Bodega's Friday (Allan Kingdom, Both, Ebony Tusks, etc.); and punk at Duffy's Backlot Saturday (Ceremony, Screaming Females, etc.)

DLA: Why should someone who has never gone to Lincoln Calling before, attend this year's festival?

Norman: Because it features 120 musical and comedic artists from a total of 12 states that are all genuinely fantastic, all for a very low ticket price. No matter what kind of music you're into, you'll find it at Lincoln Calling. Plus, there will be awesome local visual art and great community partners represented throughout. Bouncing from venue to venue will be super easy (and safe), as the city has created a special bus route to take people from downtown to the Haymarket to The Bay every 30 minutes.

DLA: What makes Lincoln Calling stand out from other music festivals in the area?

Norman: It takes place using existing city infrastructure. We're highlighting the existing music industry resources that the city has to offer, which makes the festival more sustainable.

DLA: Anything else you'd like to add?

Norman: The cost of a festival pass comes to $.49 per artists. If you're reading this and care about fostering Lincoln's music and arts community, this is a fun, worthwhile investment into its growth.

For a full look at Lincoln Calling's lineup and ticket info, visit

The festival also recently announced a variety of free workshops on Oct. 8 inside the Nonprofit Hub. See below for the workshop schedule: