Leader Bank Pavilion (formerly Rockland Bank Pavilion) on the South Boston Waterfront overlooks Boston Harbor and is where you'll find Boston's hottest summer concerts.
An outstanding sound system, cool breezes from Boston Harbor wafting through the open-sided covered pavilion sides, and spectacular views of city lights dancing across the water add to the magic. You get the best of both world: the feeliing of being outside, but the comfort of a roof over your head in case of rain.
Performers range from top headliners of today to popular groups from decades past, and shows almost always sell out.
Live Nation owns and programs the 5,000 seat venue.
Easily reached by public transportation and surrounded by restaurants, bars, and the city's liveliest nightlife, the Pavilion delivers plenty of entertainment.
Leader Bank Pavilion address: 290 Northern Avenue
Nearest T (subway) station: Silver Line 1, 2, 3/Silver Line Way or Silver Line 2/ Northern Ave at Harbor Street
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Leader Pavilion Concert Schedule & Tickets
Leader Pavilion's concert season begins around Memorial Day and continues until late September/early October.
You'll usually start to see the summer concert lineup take shape by early March. Shows continue to be added throughout spring and summer - so it pays to check back.
Concert Schedule & Tickets:
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Almost all seats in the amphitheater-style Pavilion provide excellent lines of vision to the stage. The superb sound system - one of the best of all Boston concert venues - means you'll be able to hear well wherever you sit and shouldn't experience any distortion.
Where to Eat and Drink near Leader Bank Pavilion
Although you can get food and drinks from the concessions inside the Pavilion, you'll find a LOT of other wonderful restaurants along the waterfront - just walk along Northern Ave toward downtown, and you'll see them lining both sides of the street.Here are a few great choices within a couple of blocks of the Pavilion:
- Legal Sea Foods Harborside - 270 Northern Ave - Sit on the terrace overlooking the Pavilion or head to the rooftop lounge on the 3rd floor - best waterfront views and great seafood.
- 75 on Liberty Wharf - 75 Liberty Wharf - Enjoy casual fare on the Seaport waterfront.
- Temazcal Tequila Cantina - 250 Northern Ave - Indulge in the fantastic raw seafood bar and cocktails.
Where to Stay near Leader Pavilion
Why rush home after a concert when you can enjoy the nightlife along the waterfront until closing, and then stay in a nearby hotel, such as the stylish Seaport Hotel:
More top hotels near the Leader Pavilion in South Boston Waterfront:
Transportation & Parking near Leader Pavilion
You can easily get to the Pavilion (290 Northern Ave) on the T (Boston's subway).
Take the Red Line to South Station and transfer to the Silver Line. Take the Silver Line to the Silver Line Way stop (right after you come above ground); going back to South Station, take any inbound Silver Line bus - they all go back to South Station.
You can also walk from South Station - distance is only about a mile.
The closest parking to Leader Bank Pavilion is at the Park Lane Garage (1 Park Lane, which runs parallel to Northern Ave).
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Boston Insider Tip: Confused by the Pavilion's Name?
If you've visited or lived in Boston for a couple of decades or more, you may remember when concerts first took place in 1994 in this big white tent on the waterfront, it was called Harbor Lights Pavilion.
Five years later, Live Nation purchased the venue and sold naming rights to Fleet Boston Financial - and not surprisingly, the name changed to FleetBoston Pavilion until 2004, when a bank merger caused it to be renamed Bank of America.
Flash forward to several years ago: locally owned Leader Bank based in the Hyde Park area of Boston purchased naming rights through 2023 - so this popular concert venue is now called Leader Bank Pavilion.
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