The National Announce New Album and Summer Tour – Bunbury Music Festival on 7/14

The National
The National

Following the announcement of their return to New York on June 5th at Barclay’s Center, The National are pleased to announce their North American and European summer tour. The tour begins on May 16th and covers the eastern United States and Canada before heading to Europe.Highlights include Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee in June and Cincinnati’s Bunbury music festival on July 14.

Tickets for the National’s tour go on sale on Friday, March 1st. Ticketing links can be found here:  More tour dates are planned for 2013.   

A brand new studio album from The National is slated for a May release on 4AD. This forthcoming release is follow up to the critically acclaimed High Violet (2010), which brought the band global critical and commercial success.  People Magazine described the album as “stellar, moody atmospherics.” and Rolling Stone called it “a seductive collection of subtly surging anti-anthems, with evocative lyrics about the terrors and unexpected joys of adult life.”

Formed in 1999, The National consists of vocalist Matt Berninger and two pairs of brothers: Aaron (guitar, bass, piano) and Bryce Dessner (guitar), and Scott (bass, guitar) and Bryan Devendorf (drums).  Their first full-lengths, The National and Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers, and a crucial mini-album, Cherry Tree, preceded their signing to Beggars Banquet in 2004. Alligator (2005), included underground anthem “Mr. November,” and raised their profile as the National grew into an incendiary live band. Boxer (2007), featuring songs like “Fake Empire”, “Mistaken For Strangers” and “Start A War,” sold over three times as many copies as its predecessor and saw them transformed from underground stars into a rock institution. In 2010 High Violet was released on 4AD and has sold 300,000 copies in the US.  Both individually and collectively The National’s members have been involved in countless artistic, charitable and socio-political pursuits.

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5/16:              State Theater                                   Ithaca, NY
6/05:              Barclay’s Center                              Brooklyn, NY
6/06:              Merriweather Post Pavilion             Columbia, MD
6/07:              Mann Center for Performing Arts    Philadelphia, PA
6/08:              The National                                    Richmond, VA
6/10:              Red Hat Amphitheatre                     Raleigh, NC
6/11:              Stage AE                                          Pittsburgh, PA
6/13:              Lachine Canal                                  Montreal, Canada
6/14:              Yonge Dundas Square                      Toronto, Canada
6/15:              LC Pavilion                                       Columbus, OH
6/13-6/16:     Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival         Manchester, TN
6/21:              Hurricane Festival                             Scheessel, Germany
6/22:              Southside Festival                             Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany
6/25:              Cirque Royal                                      Brussels, Belgium
6/28:              Live At The Marquee                          Cork, Ireland
6/30:              Parco Della Musica                            Rome, Italy
7/01:              City Sound Festival                            Milan, Italy
7/02:              Salata                                                 Zagreb, Croatia
7/14:              Cincinnati, OH                                    Bunbury Festival