Women in Music 2019

The National Recruit Patti Smith, Of Monsters And Men, Local Natives and More For Second Homecoming Festival

 Graham MacIndoe
The National

The National revealed the lineup for their second Homecoming Festival on Wednesday morning (Nov. 20).

The Cincinnati-bred group will once again bring along some of their favorite indie rock acts to the banks of the Ohio River in their hometown on May 8-9.

In addition to two unique headlining sets from the group -- including a full 10th anniversary run through their High Violet album -- the May 8-9 festival in Smale Park on the city's riverfront will include sets from Patti Smith and Her Band, Sylvan Esso, Of Monsters and Men, Local Natives and Japanese Breakfast.

Other acts slated to perform include: Phosphorescent, former Walkmen singer Hamilton Leithauser, Jay Som, Sudan Archives, Velvet Negroni, Wussy and Triiibe. As with 2018's debut of the event, the 2020 edition will run in conjunction with the avant garde MusicNOW Festival, founded by guitarist Bryce Dessner in 2006.

The lineup for the 14th edition of MusicNOW -- which will feature special exhibitions and performances of contemporary classical music and in venues throughout downtown Cincinnati from May 8-10 -- will be revealed soon.

“It’s great to invite our friends and fans to our hometown – the place where we all began our lives as listeners and musicians,” The National drummer Bryan Devendorf said in a statement. “Putting on this intimate event on the banks of the Ohio River is meaningful to us and our families. We are so very grateful.”

Two-day general admission, VIP and Platinum tickets for Homecoming will go on sale on Friday (Nov. 22) at 10 a.m. EST here; information on MusicNOW tickets will be available soon.

The inaugural Homecoming Festival featured sets from Future IslandsFeistFather John Misty, Big Thief, Julien Baker and The Breeders, among others.


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