“Their finest hour” – Walk on stage with The National at All Points East 2018

Last week, The National climbed yet another apex for one of their crowning performances while headlining All Points East Presents 2018. Watch our ‘walk on’ video with the band above.

In a set that saw them pay tribute to Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison, as well team up with Emily and Jessica from The Staves and Adam Granduciel of The War On Drugs, it was one for the ages. We caught up with the band backstage (c0mplete with pre-show defensive crouch), as well as capturing the action from the stage and the crowd to showcase a band in their prime. Check it all out in the video above.

Reviewing the show, NME concluded: “Tonight was just the latest rung on the gradual but unstoppable ascent of the band who’ve played the long game and won. Always existing outside of trends and fads, they stand here tonight purely because they deserve it and the people want them to.

“There are no bells, no whistles, no gimmicks, just a flawless catalogue and a whole lotta love. This was their finest hour, but there will be so many more. No one can deny them that. God Bless The National.”

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The National’s Matt Berninger at All Points East 2018

The National on tour

The band’s remaining European tour dates are below. Visit here for tickets and more information.

JUNE 08 – NORTHSIDE FESTIVAL: AARHUS, DENMARK
JUNE 09 – BEST KEPT SECRET FESTIVAL: HILVARENBEEK, THE NETHERLANDS
JUNE 10 – SIDEWAYS FESTIVAL: HELSINKI, FINLAND
JUNE 15 – DONNYBROOK STADIUM: DUBLIN, IRELAND
JUNE 16 – DONNYBROOK STADIUM: DUBLIN, IRELAND
JULY 10 – SRC ŠALATA: ZAGREB, CROATIA
JULY 11 – AHOI! THE FULL HIT OF SUMMER FESTIVAL: LINZ, AUSTRIA
JULY 13 – NOS ALIVE: LISBON, PORTUGAL
JULY 14 – TW CLASSIC: WERCHTER, BELGIUM
SEPTEMBER 07 – MILANO ROCKS: MILAN, ITALY
SEPTEMBER 08 – LOLLAPALOOZA BERLIN: BERLIN, GERMANY