The National confirm their first UK date of 2019 with massive Manchester gig

The indie rock heroes will return next summer

The National have confirmed their first UK date of 2019, with a huge show in Manchester just announced.

Earlier today (November 26), the indie rock band revealed they will return to the north-west next summer. 

Confirming the gig on Twitter, the group wrote: “We are excited to announce our return to Manchester, UK on July 10, 2019 as part of Sounds of the City 2019.” The show will take place at the city’s Castlefield Bowl.

Tickets for the new date will go on sale at 9:30am on Friday (November 30) and will be available to purchase here.

The National released their latest album ‘Sleep Well Beast‘ in 2017. In a four-star review, NME said: “It’s all very 2017. And it’s an album on which Matt Berninger, Aaron and Bryce Dessner, and Bryan and Scott Devendorf stray outside the previously clearly defined lines of what The National sound is.”

Earlier this summer, the band revealed they were “beyond the halfway point” with progress on their next album, which guitarist Bryce Dessner said was driven by a certain “looseness” and “an energy that’s evaded us in the past.”

Drummer Bryan Devendorf added the new album would be “more than just a record.” “The other material that’s accompanying it is basically inspiring the record,” he said. “It’s a collaborative project. I’ve said too much already…It’s not a big deal, it’s just different to everything else we’ve done. There’s a new element to it. That’s why Matt [Berninger, frontman] is rewriting everything.”