As The National played two sold out shows in Manchester this weekend, they chose to honour hometown heroes New Order with a cover of ‘Love Vigilantes’ during their encore on Saturday. “We love you Manchester,” they told the crowd, before using their rendition of the song to prove how the city was a “special place” for them.
While the set leaned heavily on tracks from ‘Sleep Well Beast’, they also treated fans to a career-spanning set of tracks – including the live debut of old favourites ‘Abel’ and ‘Sorrow’ for the first time on this tour.
Their UK tour concludes this week with a four-night residency at The Eventim Apollo in Hamersmith, kicking off tonight.
The National’s setlist was:
Nobody Else Will Be There
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
Walk It Back
Sea of Love
Afraid of Everyone
I’ll Still Destroy You
I Need My Girl
The Geese of Beverly Road
Carin at the Liquor Store
Born to Beg
Day I Die
Love Vigilantes (New Order cover)
Mistaken for Strangers
As well as discussing the role of brotherhood in the band and comparing their chemistry to that of Oasis, The National also told us that they already have an album’s worth of new material written, and how they still feel a sense of competition with The Strokes. Read our full and frank interview with The National here.
The National’s remaining UK tour dates are:
September 25 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London
September 26 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London
September 27 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London
September 28 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, London