Perhaps most memorable is the sight of Berninger and the front rows almost hysterically yelling the lyrics at each other, faces touching, jointly celebrating an era-defining band at the peak of their powers. - The Guardian
Returning to Aotearoa after six years and performing for the very first time in Wellington, is GRAMMY Award-winning American alternative rock band THE NATIONAL.
Already established in the elite class amongst the very best bands in the world The National are "an era-defining band at the peak of their powers" (The Guardian) and their musical output continues to astonish.
Excitingly this tour will call in to Wellington, playing at the TSB Arena on the opening weekend of the Festival. This performance will be the first opportunity to hear the band play songs from three new albums.
The National’s ninth studio album First Two Pages of Frankenstein was released in April this year with a stacked line-up of guest musicians including Taylor Swift, Phoebe Bridgers and Sufjan Stevens. It has been received as a career highlight with NME’s five-star review proclaiming “This is The National at their absolute best.”
Incredibly, Laugh Track, a companion record to First Two Pages was a surprise release just four months later and features guest appearances by Phoebe Bridgers, Rosanne Cash and includes Weird Goodbyes with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. The band consider it their most freewheeling, all-hands-on-deck album in years.
By turns beautiful, painful, introspective and transcendent, The National have a songbook to rival any. The National are quite simply a magnificent band, and this is an unmissable show.
Ko The National tēnei, he pēne kua rongonuitia i roto i ngā tau 20 kua hipa, i runga i te anipā, te kaumingomingo, me te toutouhea o āianei rangi e whakakōrerohia ana i roto i ā rātou waiata
E hoki mai ana te pēne nei ki Pōneke, ki te whakangahau i te marea, kua ono tau e ngaro ana i konei, nō Amerika rātou, ā, ko te puoro rakapioi te momo o ā rātou waiata. He pēne whai tohu keremi anō hoki te pēne nei, ā, kua tū ki ētehi o ngā whakaaturanga tiketike o Amerika. I puta tā rātou kōpae tuaiwa i te Āpireria kua hipa, ā, i whai wāhi atu ētehi o ngā kaipuoro rongonui pēnei i a Taylor Swift, Phoebe Bridgers me Sufjan Stevens ki taua kōpae rā. Rawe rawa atu te pēne nei, kei mahue tā rātou whakaaturanga ka tū ki te whare rēhia o TSB Arena.