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Boston Hassle Fest is a 2-day underground music festival in the heart of Cambridge, MA.
BRAIN Arts Organization
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
1 Team Member

Boston Hassle presents...

Boston Hassle Fest 2013

Clean out that wax and open your ears to something new!

Welcome to the Thunderdome!

Boston Hassle is a popular music & arts organization and events guide based in Boston, MA. Entirely volunteer-run and independent, we music obsessives work tirelessly to foster an innovative and interconnected arts community. In a culmination of all of our efforts, each November we throw our largest and most exciting event, BOSTON HASSLE FEST.

Hassle Fest is the crown jewel of our year -  a 2-day musical extravaganza that draws together over 40 of the most thrilling and unusual acts from all around the country and beyond, as well as Boston’s own backyard. With seminal bands like Lightning Bolt, Black Dice and Japanther sharing the stage with fantastic emerging artists like Speedy Ortiz, Guerilla Toss,  and Street Gnar, this year promises to be the best yet!

Boston Hassle Fest is a different kind of music experience...

As a 100% independent, volunteer-run organization, we operate on a shoe-string budget, and rely on passionate supporters like YOU to make Hassle Fest a reality.

Our mission is, and always has been, to provide our audience with an exciting but also affordable all-ages art-filled experience, and to ensure that hard-working musicians are duly rewarded for their time and effort.

By contributing to this campaign and sharing it with others, YOU show your commitment to our core principle of offering affordable shows featuring engaging musical artists that are fairly compensated.

Together with your support, we will not only succeed in throwing an amazing festival, but more importantly, we will demonstrate to Boston and the wider public that there is a viable alternative, non-profit model for supporting music and the arts, one that avoids the pitfalls of alcohol-driven profits and ‘safe,’ industry-sponsored musical acts.

Show the world a different way to come together and enjoy music - stand with the Boston Hassle!

The Nitty-Gritty

Hassle Fest will cost about $13,000 in total to put on - all of which will go directly to paying every musical act that plays (including locals), paying fest related visual artists, and paying the fees to rent the venues that house the fest. 

Boston Hassle Fest has only three sources of revenue: ticket sales, business sponsors and yes, this crowd-source fundraiser. In order to keep our tickets at an affordable $15/day and guarantee fair compensation for our traveling musicians, we are looking to raise at least $5,400 through this online campaign.

In return for your gracious support, we offer more than just kind words of thanks. We have many exciting, exclusive rewards that we’re sure will pique your interest. See our campaign video and the far-right column to discover all the juicy details.

The Boston Hassle is a budding volunteer-run non-profit organization, and therefore no individual in our organization directly receives money for their efforts. Any surplus revenue (if there is any) goes immediately back into the organization, and will help fund future projects - like printing our free music and arts paper The Boston Compass each month!


Boston Hassle is a multifaceted, entirely volunteer-run organization that strives to foster an innovative, compelling and inter-connected music, arts and film community in the Greater Boston area. With a nationally popular website BostonHassle.com, a widely distributed free monthly newspaper The Boston Compass, and a prolific not-for-profit concert production team, Boston Hassle serves as a reliable and innovative multi-platform resource for exciting events in the city and a means for local artists to connect with a wider audience.  

Boston Hassle strives to bring YOU the best and freshest our beautiful city has to offer - every day.

By helping us fund this fest you are showing your support for the Boston Hassle volunteer-run organization that books, promotes, and organizes this festival and over 100 other shows each year in the Boston area. But more importantly, you are supporting independent music and arts in your community. That’s something you should feel really good about.

We're doing our best to help make this city an arts friendly community each and every day. Won't you help us rock?

~ ~ ~ Boston Hassle Fest 5 ~ ~ ~


Friday Nov. 8 & Saturday Nov. 9

@ The Cambridge Elks Lodge 

3-11pm // All Ages // $15-$20 sliding scale


Featuring (as of 9/19):

Lightning Bolt (RI)
The Beets (NY)
Prince Rama (NY)
Black Dice (NY)
Nate Young/Regression (MI)

Aykroyd (MA)
Bad Behavior (NY)
Ben Hersey (MA)
Bezoar (NY)
Blanche Blanche Blanche (NY)
The Channels (MA)
Crosss (NS, CA)
Dan Friel (NY)
Designer (MA)
Doomsday Student (RI)
Doug Tuttle (MA)
Ed Schrader's Music Beat (MD)
Fat Creeps (MA)
Free Pizza (MA)
Grizzler (MA)
Guerilla Toss (MA)
Hunnie Bunnies (PA)
Japanther (NY)
Johns (NY)
Kal Marks (MA)
Keith Fullerton Whitman (MA)
Krill (MA)
The Monsieurs (MA)
Mutwawa (VA)
(New England) Patriots (MA)
Nice Guys (MA)
Obnox (OH)
PC Worship (NY)
Priests (DC)
Profligate (PA)
Spacin' (PA)
Speedy Ortiz (MA)
Street Gnar (KY)
Taps (MA)
Zebu (MA) 

Each day of the fest will include an after party/ fest-extension starting @ 11:15pm and going until close:
11/8 @ Cantab Lounge Basement (Central Sq.) w/ TBA 21+

11/9 @ Western Front (Cambridge, between Central Sq. and the Charles River) w/ TBA

 **HASSLE FEST 5 is $15-$20 (sliding scale) per day at the door. There are no advance tickets. HOWEVER you can secure your tickets to the fest, help fund this project and get a bunch of cool stuff at the same time by DONATING TO THIS FUNDRAISER.**




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  • $5USD
    Thank you!

    Thanks for your donation! There is no donation too small. You have our love and gratitude.

    1 claimed
  • $10USD
    Hassle Fest 5 Tape Compilation

    For 10 dollars you get our love PLUS an ill Boston Hassle Fest 5 Compilation Cassette put together by BUFU records and full of great New England bands playing the fest!

    14 claimed
  • $25USD
    Fest Zine & Advance Ticket

    For $25 you get 1 advance ticket to the festival for the day of your choice! You'll also get a limited edition Hassle Fest Zine PLUS the Boston Hassle Fest compilation cassette!

    41 claimed
  • $50USD
    Hassle Fest Shirt & Fest Pass

    For $50 you get all the above PLUS an ill Hassle Fest 5 shirt designed by amazing Boston artist Santiago Cardenas! AND You will receive advance tickets to BOTH days of the festival, securing your entry to all of Hassle Fest!

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  • $75USD
    Personal Collage

    For $75 you get all the above PLUS a unique, personalized, original collage made by Boston Hassler Chris Collins! http://collinscollection.tumblr.com/

    2 claimed
  • $100USD
    Taco Party! & Fest Poster

    For $100 you get all the above PLUS the ill Boston Hassle/BUFU Records taco party! We will bring the epic taco party to you! All the guac, beans, and fix-ins you can imagine! AND You will also receive a copy of the amazing large Hassle Fest 5 poster that Providence's Mickey Z. is printing for the event (see updates)! Only 50 prints will exist in this world!

    3 claimed
  • $150USD
    Your Release on BUFU records!

    That's right. For $150 you get all of the above and BUFU records will do a limited run of cassettes just for you! It can be your music, your poetry, an ill playlist, your sister's howling screeches, whatever you like...BUFU will make the artwork, package the release and distribute! http://www.bufurecords.com

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  • $300USD
    Hassle Fest LP named by you!

    For $300 you get ALL of the above, PLUS... YOU get to name the vinyl compilation LP of live sets from Hassle Fest 5 that Boston Hassle will be releasing in partnership with BUFU records. And you will of course get a copy of the record as well!

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  • $500USD
    Personal Asst

    For $500, get this! You get ALL of the above AND You get a personal assistant during the entirety of HASSLE FEST 5 who will pick you up, drop you off, run to the store to get you a drink, pick up take out for you, or do whatever you please(within reason).

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  • $1,000USD
    Your very own one day fest!

    For $1000 you get ALL of the above, PLUS the hands of our experienced music bookers will personally work with you to put together your dream show on one bill in the Boston area. We'll figure out the logistics, how to get the performers paid, and how to get them here. You sit back and enjoy as we book "Your Name Here" Fest!! AND We'll throw in 3 ads in the Compass/Hassle for whatever you want! http://www.bostoncccompass.com http://www.bostonhassle.com

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