Watch: The National close out their Homecoming Festival with new song, ‘Light Years’
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The National took the stage in front of a hometown audience for the second night in a row at their own Homecoming Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio on Sunday evening. The two-day event included performances by Father John Misty, Future Islands, Lord Huron, Julien Baker and more, but was capped off by a headlining set from The National that included the debut of a brand new song titled, “Light Years.” As Stereogum reports, the most memorable moment from the band’s 23-song set on Sunday was certainly the live debut of the new track, which was not included on the 2017 release of Sleep Well Beast.

The piano-driven ballad can be heard in full via the high-definition video recording seen above, and kicked off the four-song encore which closed out the weekend festivities. The soothingly short ballad includes contributions from the entire band, but the two main ingredients appear to come from singer Matt Berninger and pianist Bryce Dessner.

Sunday night’s performance from The National, who also delivered a headlining set on Saturday, also saw them playing their entire 2007 Boxer LP in full, which was recently released as a commemorative live album exclusively for Record Store Day. Fans should be excited to hear some new material, especially in the impressively clear quality from the video’s recording, but unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be a new album on the horizon anytime soon. 

Cincinnati’s Homecoming Festival isn’t the band’s only big event on the 2018 concert schedule. Their global Sleep Well Beast tour continues well into 2018, with more headlining shows across North America set to take place throughout the spring, and again come September. The National will host another two-day, multi-artist concert event in late September with “There’s No Leaving New York!” at Forest Hills Stadium. Future Islands, Cigarettes After Sex, Cat Power and U.S. Girls are just a few of the artists who will join the band during the mini weekend festival on Sept. 29-30. Tickets for both days of the end-of-summer event, as well as other scheduled concerts on their 2018 tour schedule, are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.


👋 See you next time Cincinnati. . Photos by @photokeith

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