The National to release new album in May

Brooklyn band will play European festivals in June and July

The National to release new album in May

Photo: Andy Willsher

The National are to release a new album in May.

The Brooklyn band unveiled the news on their Twitter account yesterday (February 25), and have also announced a series of US tourdates and European festival shows taking place in June and July, as listed below. No UK shows have been announced yet.

The National's Aaron Dessner recently worked with Local Natives on their new album 'The Hummingbird'. The Los Angeles-based band decided to work with Dessner after touring with The National in the US during 2011. Speaking to NME, Local Natives' guitarist and singer Taylor Rice said: "It was funny working with Aaron, because we just met the band on the road. They were so warm and welcoming and we all really hit it off. They're tour buddies. We were talking about what we wanted to do with our second record, telling Aaron we were writing and talking to producers, and he joked that we should just do it with him."

When the band returned to LA and approached various producers, they felt nothing was working and decided to take a chance and ask Dessner if he was serious about his offer. Ryan Hahn, guitarist in Local Natives, added: "When he finally emailed he was on holiday in Hawaii but responded straight away to say yes, and that he was excited to work with us. We were so pleased."

The National will play:

Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY (June 5)
Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD (6)
Philadelphia, PA (7)
Red Hat Amphitheatre, Raleigh, NC (10)?
Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA (11)
Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN () (13-16)
Hurricane Festival, Scheessel, Germany (21-23)
Southside Festival, Neuhausen Ob Eck (21-23)
Cirque Royal, Brussels, Belgium (24)
Live at the Marquee, Cork, Ireland (28)
Parco Della Musica: Rome, Italy (30)
City Sound Festival, Milan, Italy (July 1)
Salata, Zagreb, Croatia (2)
Bunbury Festival, Cincinnati, OH (14)

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