The National to perform their song 'Sorrow' for six hours straight at New York gallery

The band have joined forces with artist Ragnar Kjartansson for installation/performance art piece 'A Lot Of Sorrow'

The National to perform their song 'Sorrow' for six hours straight at New York gallery
The National are set to perform their song 'Sorrow' for six full hours as part of an art installation at Moma PS1 in Long Island City, New York on May 5.

The band will play their 'High Violet' track live for a collaboration with artist Ragnar Kjartansson called A Lot Of Sorrow.

A press release from the gallery reads: "By stretching a single pop song into a day-long tour de force the artist continues his explorations into the potential of repetitive performance to produce sculptural presence within sound."

It continues: "As in all of Kjartansson's performances, the idea behind A Lot of Sorrow is devoid of irony, yet full of humour and emotion. It is another quest to find the comic in the tragic and vice versa."

The performance will take place from midday until 6pm (ET).

The National recently revealed their new song 'Demons', the first track to be taken from their forthcoming album 'Trouble Will Find Me', which is set for release on May 20.

Speaking to NME about the new album, frontman Matt Berninger revealed that a preoccupation with death informed the new material.

"It's a record about getting older, and all the fascinations and headaches that go with that," he said. "But it's not grim, honestly! It's actually pretty fun."

The band will now be playing extra shows at London's Alexandra Palace on November 14 after the first date on November 13 sold out and also at Manchester O2 Apollo on November 12 after the November 11 date sold out.

The National will play:

Belfast Odyssey Arena (November 9)
Dublin O2 Arena (10)
Manchester O2 Apollo (11, 12)
London Alexandra Palace (13, 14)


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