The National's Homecoming Festival to Return to Cincinnati in May


  • Graham MacIndoe
Two years ago, the National, an indie rock band with roots in Cincinnati, collaborated with the city's Contemporary Art Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, the Cincinnati Ballet and the Cincinnati Orchestra for a special weekend-long festival dubbed Homecoming.

After putting Homecoming on hiatus for a year, the band has just announced that the festival will return to Cincinnati on May 8, 9 and 10. The National will perform two different sets on May 8 and 9. Patti Smith and Her Band, Sylvan Esso, Of Monsters and Men, Local Natives, Japanese Breakfast, Phosphorescent, Hamilton Leithauser, Jay Som, Sudan Archives, Velvet Negroni, Wussy and Triiibe will perform as well.

The event will run alongside MusicNOW, the contemporary music festival founded by the National’s Bryce Dessner in 2006. MusicNOW will present separately ticketed late night events on May 8 and 9, and a full program of events on May 10. That lineup will be announced shortly and will feature world-class contemporary classical music, special exhibitions and talks. 

“It’s great to invite our friends and fans to our hometown — the place where we all began our lives as listeners and musicians,” says the National’s Bryan Devendorf in a press release. “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 go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday at For more information on MusicNOW, visit

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