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The National Homecoming Festival to Feature Father John Misty, Feist, Future Islands, The Breeders & More

The band will headline both nights of the inaugural Homecoming festival, which will feature an all-star lineup of bands also including Big Thief, Alvvays, Moses Sumney and Julien Baker.

Nobody told The National that you can’t go home again. The Cincinnati-bred rockers revealed the all-star lineup for the inaugural edition of their upcoming Homecoming festival on Monday morning (Jan. 8) and it features the expected, eclectic mix of indie superstars and up-and-comers. In addition to two unique sets from the band on both nights of the Apr. 28-29 festival in the city’s Ohio River-side Smale Park, they will be joined by Father John Misty, Feist, Future Islands, The Breeders and Lord Huron.

The event, presented in association with MusicNow — the envelope-pushing annual Cincinnati festival of contemporary and avant garde music founded by National guitarist Bryce Dessner — will also feature sets from Julien Baker, Moses Sumney, Alvvays and Big Thief, as well as more acts to be named soon; tickets are available here.


This year’s 13th MusicNow festival will take place on Apr. 27-29 aI venues before, during and after Homecoming, with sets by Mouse on Mars, Crash Ensemble, classical ensemble Eighth Blackbird featuring Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Bryce & Aaron Dessner, former Westminster Abbey organist James McVinnie, electronic composer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and former Icelandic rock band múm member Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir. The event will feature works by Meredith Monk, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, Julius Eastman and Hans Abrahamsen, as well as exhibitions by Ragnar Kjartansson and Graham MacIndoe and performances by the Cincinnati Ballet.

The full lineup for MusicNow will be announced in early February.

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