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“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...

The National and Bon Iver launch streaming service ‘PEOPLE’, share Leonard Cohen cover

The National Bon Iver streaming service people
The National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner and Bon Iver have today released a BETA version of their streaming service PEOPLE. Read more: The National – the NME interview Created in collaboration with entrepreneurs Tom and Nadine Michelberger, the five are keen to explain that PEOPLE is not a competitor of Spotify, Apple Music or TIDAL. “It’s artist-directed,” Aaron told the Guardian....

Listen to World Cup podcast theme written by Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner

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Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and The National's Aaron Dessner have teamed up as their collaborate Big Red Machine project to write a theme for a niche World Cup podcast. Read more: “I’m not thinking about Trump any more” – The National talk politics, their summer plans and next album The two artists have performed live as Big Red Machine and recent reports...

The National team up with The Staves and The War On Drugs for triumphant London APE Presents show

The National's Matt Berninger at All Points East Presents in London
Last night saw The National headline London's All Points East Presents in Victoria Park, inviting members of The Staves and The War On Drugs on stage, as well as paying tribute to Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchison. Check out photos, footage and the setlist below. Remembering Scott Hutchison - a friend through dark times Taking to the stage for sunset after...

Primavera Sound 2018, Day 2 – the NME report

After the hedonism of day one, Primavera’s Friday night gets off to a somewhat subdued start. Blame it on the hangovers, perhaps – there’s certainly plenty of those on offer. But also, the line-up for this evening is a much more morose affair, topped by professional miserablists The National. The impact can be felt across the site - even...

The National announce wide release of live album ‘Boxer (Live In Brussels)’

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The National have announced the wide release of their recent live album 'Boxer (Live In Brussels)'. Recorded in Brussels on November 9, 2017, the recording of the band's show - which saw them perform their 2007 album in its entirety - has already been released in vinyl form. 'Boxer (Live In Brussels)' came out as an exclusive vinyl LP last...

Here’s the weather forecast for London’s All Points East Festival 2018

LCD Soundsystem, The xx and Bjork
This weekend sees the inaugural All Points East festival in London, and it looks like the weather is going to be pretty good. Heading to Victoria Park for 10 days of culture, the launch weekend will see headline performances from LCD Soundsystem, The xx and Bjork, as well as the likes of Lorde, Soulwax, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sampha, Soulwax, Beck...

The National play ‘Boxer’ in full and debut new song ‘Light Years’ at Homecoming Festival

The National's Matt Berninger
This weekend saw The National headline both nights of their own 'Homecoming Festival' - where they performed their seminal album 'Boxer' in full as well as debuting new song 'Light Years'. Read more: The National on life in Trump's America, 'making it', and their next album Taking to the stage and curating the full line-up in their native Cincinatti, other...

“I’m not thinking about Trump any more” – The National talk politics, their summer plans and next album

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While it feels like they may have only just released their acclaimed seventh album 'Sleep Well Beast', The National are already looking to the future - and shaking things up. Read our interview with frontman Matt Berninger below. 'Sleep Well Beast' marked the most successful period of the band's career to date - entering the UK charts at No.1 and...

The National are bringing fan clubs back

The National have announced details of their new fan club. Going by the name Cherry Tree, the fan club scheme is described by the band as "a community for fans of The National; a place where the band can connect directly with, and give back to each of them". The band promise "exciting things coming this year", with perks including "exclusive...