The National are returning home to their native Cincinnati, Ohio for a highly-anticipated event celebrating music, art and cultural connections. Earlier this week it was announced the newly-formed Homecoming Festival will feature performances by Feist, Father John Misty and Future Islands, among others.
Homecoming will take place in Cincinnati’s Smale Park on Apr. 28-29. The inaugural fest is presented in association with MusicNOW festival, which was founded by The National‘s Bryce Dessner back in 2006. The latest installment of MusicNOW (taking place Apr. 27-29 in venues throughout the city) will include performances by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Mouse on Mars, Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir, Crash Ensemble and Eighth Blackbird with Bonnie “Prince” Billy, James McVinnie, Bryce & Aaron Dessner and more.
It should also be noted that internationally known artist and frequent National collaborator Ragnar Kjartansson will also be a part in this year’s MusicNOW, appearing in a multi-channel video installation at the Cincinnati Art Museum entitled The Visitors.
The National, who were recently nominated for two Grammy Awards for their latest album Sleep Well Beast (released Sept. 8, 2017), are slated to perform a pair of unique sets over the two nights of their inaugural Homecoming Festival. Among the other acts appearing at the fest are The Breeders, Lord Huron, Julien Baker, Moses Sumney, Alvvays and Big Thief with more to be announced in the coming months.