The National will return to Forest Hills Stadium for the second consecutive year this September, but this time they won't be performing alone. The rock band announced their two-day There’s No Leaving New York festival on Monday, which will take place at the outdoor stadium in Queens, NY on Sept. 29-30. For the two-day event, the band has recruited fellow artists including Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Future Islands, Cat Power, Cigarettes After Sex, Phoebe Bridgers, U.S. Girls, Bully and Adia Victoria. Tickets for the end-of-summer festival will be going on sale starting April 13 at 10 a.m. EST, and can be found by clicking here.
“Our show last October at Forest Hills Stadium was one of our favorite shows in the history of the band.” The National guitarist Aaron Dessner added in a statement. “The incredible legacy of the place and the fact that it still feels intimate even given its size, we started talking immediately about finding a way to come back for multiple nights with friends.”
The band’s return to the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens should be a busy two days full of music. Doors to the historic tennis stadium-turned-concert venue are set to open each afternoon at 2 p.m., and the music will continue well into the brightly illuminated New York night before ending at 10 p.m. Monday’s announcement did not reveal the specific days for when each artist will be playing, but fans should assume that both Saturday and Sunday will be full of fantastic performances regardless of set times. The National also announced that they'll be donating a portion of every ticket sold to the Brownsville Community Culinary Center, a local culinary training program that assists neighborhood residents to build their skills for potential careers in the food-service industry.
The National released their seventh studio album this past September with Sleep Well Beast, which would go on to take home the Grammy award for “Best Alternative Music Album” earlier this year. The band also recently announced that they’ll be putting out a live version of their 2007 Boxer album as an exclusive release for this year’s Record Store Day, to be titled Boxer Live In Brussels.
Fans can also click here to see the full listing of scheduled concerts at Forest Hills Stadium this season.
The National will return to #ForestHillsStadium on September 29 & 30 for their two-day event "There's No Leaving New York"! @TheNational will be joined by an all-star lineup featuring @FutureIslands, @JasonIsbell and the 400 Unit, @CatPowerOfficial, @CigarettesAfterSex_, @PhoebeBridgers, U.S. Girls, Bully and Adia Victoria. Two-Day tickets will go on sale this Friday, April 13 at 10 AM Eastern!