Members of The National launch Copenhagen festival

HAVEN will take place next August in the Danish city

The National are set to launch a festival in Copenhagen called HAVEN. Aaron and Bryce Dessner are collaborating with Denmark brewery Mikkeller and food activist Claus Meyer to create the event.

The band are set to play the festival, with HAVEN also offering food and beer, along with “musical experiments and collaborations of many kinds.”

According to the HAVEN website, Aaron Dessner explains that he and his brother Bryce have been collaborating across disciplines with friends and “exploring the boundaries between genres of art and music for years in various ways.” Stating that “HAVEN will be another step in that direction.”


“I was directly struck by the rawness of Refshaleøen and the beautiful views of the soundand the city. The post-industrial beauty and stranded, “end of the line” reminded me of two of my favorite places in Brooklyn, Red Hook and the Navy Yard,” he continues. “I started two think about how to create a unique situation for The National and other artists we love.”

Bryce Dessner also founded MusicNOW in 2006, with the festival returning in 2017 on January 12 at Ohio’s Aronoff Centre.

Meanwhile, The National’s Matt Berninger has revealed new details about the band’s forthcoming album, describing it as their darkest yet.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Berninger said that the band were “deep” in process of working on their follow-up to 2013’s ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ but that it was unlikely to be finished soon.

The frontman said that the tone of the album is “really dark” and joked about the band’s melancholic reputation.



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