The National’s Homecoming Festival & MusicNOW Announce Dual Festival Weekend, May 8-10, Cincinnati


photo credit:  Graham MacIndoe

Homecoming, the hometown celebration curated by The National, and its long-established companion festival, MusicNOW, will be returning to Cincinnati May 8 through May 10.

Scheduled for Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9 at Smale Park on the Cincinnati waterfront, The National will headline Homecoming with two unique sets, including a full performance of High Violet. The lineup also includes the great Patti Smith and Her Band, celebrated electronic pop duo Sylvan Esso, Of Monsters and Men, Local Natives, Japanese Breakfast, Phosphorescent, Hamilton Leithauser, Jay Som, Sudan Archives, Velvet Negroni, Wussy and Triiibe.

2-day General Admission, VIP, and Platinum tickets for Homecoming will be on sale Friday, November 22, 10:00am EST at

Homecoming will run alongside MusicNOW, the renowned contemporary music festival founded by Bryce Dessner in 2006, now in its 14th edition. Taking place at venues throughout downtown Cincinnati, MusicNOW will present separately ticketed late night events on May 8 and 9, and a full program of events on Sunday, May 10. The lineup will be announced shortly, and will feature world-class contemporary classical music and beyond, with special exhibitions and talks throughout the festival weekend. Ticketing details for MusicNOW will be announced shortly.

“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 Bryan Devendorf of The National. “Putting on this intimate event on the banks of the Ohio River is meaningful to us and our families. We are so very grateful.”

Homecoming 2020 follows an incredible launch in 2018. In a review from 2018, Billboardwrote, “The National came home, showed the world what they’d learned on their travels around the globe, shared some of the riches with their friends and family and set the stage for [a]…ritual of renewal, discovery and surprises in the place that’s still home in their hearts.”

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