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The stage is officially set for a new outdoor concert venue in the Boston area. On June 16, the Stage at Suffolk Downs will open.

Their first concert contains impressive names. Steve Lacy, James Blake, Toro y Moi, and Fousheé are all part of the first show lineup.

The Stage at Suffolk Downs in a 8,500 person space in the East Boston racetrack. The Bowery Presents, the company that operates Bowery Boston, is the main promoter behind this new concert venue.

What’s Different About The Stage at Suffolk Downs

There are a few notable differentiators to this concert experience. First, although there is a high capacity level, it is a general admission venue. It is an open-air venue with sprawling green acres. Therefore, there is plenty of space to get comfortable and enjoy the show. The concerts will occur on the infield of the track.

Next, each show will feature multiple acts. Though there may be a big name presumably serving as the headliner, four or more artists will perform on each ticket. Doors will open early at 3 pm. You can get a preview of the grounds here.


The Stage at Suffolk Downs serves as the host for Re:SET, which is a mini-festival series that plays select cities over three dates. In addition, Re:SET “incorporates cocktails, cuisines, menus, and restaurant partners that are representative of Boston including beloved restaurants like,” they state regarding their Boston stop. Food partners here will include Empire BBQ, FoMu Ice Cream, Jaju Perogi and Pazza on Porter.

The Bowery Presents are the promoters behind concert halls such as Roadrunner, Royale, and The Sinclair. Boston Investment Firm HYM is the other partner behind the Stage at Suffolk Downs.

Staying true to its history East Boston’s Suffolk Downs, which opened as a thoroughbred track in 1935, it still has the look and feel of an iconic track. However, with the Stage at Suffolk Downs all set to open, it will begin its new venture as a unique concert venue.

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