The National have announced the first round of special guests to play their Donnybrook stadium shows next Friday 15th & Saturday 16th June 2018.

Friday 15th June 2018

Lisa Hannigan
Jay Som
& Very Special Guest

Saturday 16th June 2018

Aldous Harding

Tickets for The National live at Donnybrook stadium are on sale now through & usual outlets
1 day ticket – €76 // 2 day ticket €136

Posted on December 12th, 2017

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The National will return to Ireland next June after their triumphant Sounds From A Safe Harbour and Vicar Street gigs last month to play two nights at… Donnybrook Stadium.

Friday 15 & Saturday 16 June are the dates for 2018 and Aiken are promised a full line-up of special guests to join the band.

Tickets go on sale Friday 13th October at 10am through & usual outlets from €76 or a two-day ticket from €136.

Posted on October 6th, 2017


With so many releases flying at you, here are recommended vetted listens from Nialler9 for you this week, as collated in the Nialler9 New Releases Spotify playlist, updated weekly.


The National – Sleep Well Beast

Two weeks since it’s release, Sleep Well Beast is developing into The National’s most interesting and rewarding album yet, with a sense of reinvigoration in their template and songcraft that embraces their core characteristics while adding new digital textures. Matt Berninger’s lyrics about his relationship with his wife (who co-wrote the words) goes deep and real, while musically, they do things with the indie-rock template that feels fresh (Bryan Devendorf’s drumming adds so much too).

Listen on Spotify


Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives

Moving away from post-dubstep sound that they made their name with, Mount Kimbie’s third album delves into electronic 80s-inspired post-punk territory, with guests Micachu, King Krule and James Blake adding new shades to an album that sounds inspired by Broadcast and krautrock. There are depths in these layered songs to revel in.

Listen on Spotify.


Bicep – Bicep

A belated shout out for the Belfast house music duo’s debut full-length which after a series of regular dancefloor bangers that are starting to reach classic status, finds the pair creating 12 original tracks that pare back the bombast in favour of quietly-epic tightly-arranged dance music in the vein of Orbital updated for the 21st century.

Listen on Spotify


Hundred Waters – Communicating

No-one quite brings together acoustic sensibilities with electronic arrangements in as a delicate manner as Hundred Waters and their third album feels like they’ve scooped out the inside of a valley and cocooned themselves and their music into the landscape as the aura borealis shimmers above. I’m still in discovery mode with the album but there’s comfort in their music for sure.

Listen on Spotify


Nosaj Thing – Parallels

The fourth album from LA electronic producer Jason Chung is his most cohesive album thus far. Having provided beats for Chance The Rapper, Kid Cudi and Kendrick over the years, it’s great to hear Chung’s imaginative productions working so well with guest vocalists from Blonde Redhead and Steve Spacek adding focus to these ambient-infused electronic tracks.

Listen on Spotify


Indian Wells – Where The World Ends

Another career best, this time from Italian producer Pietro Iannuzzi on the LA Friends of Friends label. As is that label’s hallmark, this is considered and full-realised electronic music concerned less with sample ingenuity but with isolation and the borders that govern our globe informed by Iannuzzi’s existence near the Italian mountains. As such, the album has moments of glowing vistas and awe in its running time that stands on its own.

Listen on Spotify

Posted on September 25th, 2017


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The National have announced that their new album Sleep Well Beast will be released on September 8th on 4AD and following that a world tour kicks off in Cork at the Sounds From A Safe Harbour Festival with a Cork Opera House on September 16th and then goes to Dublin’s Vicar Street for September 17th and 18th.

Sounds From A Safe Harbour is co-curated by the band’s Aaron Dessner. The tour goes on presale on Monday, May 15th with public on-sale beginning Friday, May 19th at

Sleep Well Beast is available for pre-order today also at The National debuted ‘The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness’ this morning too.

Sleep Well Beast was produced by member Aaron Dessner with co-production by Bryce Dessner and Matt Berninger. The album was mixed by Peter Katis and recorded at Aaron Dessner’s Hudson Valley, New York studio, Long Pond.

The National World Tour dates

23-25/06/17 – Glastonbury Festival – Glastonbury, UK
12/08/17 – HAVEN Festival – Copenhagen, DENMARK
16/09/17 – Cork Opera House / Sounds From a Safe Harbour – Cork, IRELAND
17/09/17 – Vicar Street – Dublin, IRELAND
18/09/17 – Vicar Street – Dublin, IRELAND
20/09/17 – Usher Hall – Edinburgh, UK
21/09/17 – Usher Hall – Edinburgh, UK
22/09/17 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK
23/09/17 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK
25/09/17 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK
26/09/17 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK
27/09/17 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK
28/09/17 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK
05/10/17 – Wang Theatre – Boston, MA, USA
06/10/17 – Forest Hills Stadium – New York, NY, USA
11/10/17 – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA, USA
12/10/17 – CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre – San Diego, CA, USA
14/10/17 – Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA, USA
21/10/17 – Elbphilharmonie – Hamburg, GERMANY
23/10/17 – Tempodrom – Berlin, GERMANY
24/10/17 – Tempodrom – Berlin, GERMANY
25/10/17 – AFAS Live – Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
28/10/17 – Coliseum – Lisbon, PORTUGAL
30/10/17 – Palais des Beaux-Arts – Brussels, BELGIUM
31/10/17 – Palais des Beaux-Arts – Brussels, BELGIUM
02-04/11/17 – Pitchfork Paris, Paris, FRANCE
04/11/17 – Annexet – Stockholm, SWEDEN
05/11/17 – Annexet – Stockholm, SWEDEN
06/11/17 – Sentrum Scene – Oslo, NORWAY
07/11/17 – Sentrum Scene – Oslo, NORWAY
27/11/17 – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall – Portland, OR, USA
28/11/17 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA, USA
29/11/17 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA, USA
01/12/17 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver BC, CANADA
02/12/17 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver BC, CANADA
04/12/17 – Verizon Hall – Philadelphia, PA, USA
07/12/17 – Metropolis – Montreal QC, CANADA
08/12/17 – Metropolis – Montreal QC, CANADA
09/12/17 – Sony Centre – Toronto ON, CANADA
10/12/17 – Hamilton Place Theatre – Hamilton ON, CANADA
12/12/17 – Civic Opera House – Chicago, IL, USA
13/12/17 – Civic Opera House – Chicago, IL, USA

Posted on May 11th, 2017



The National wouldn’t strike me the most romantic band but there are plenty of people who have bonded over their music’s angst-ridden honesty. Like this couple at Longitude Festival last night.

During, ‘I Need My Girl’, the guy can be seen popping the question to his startled partner while some friends and confused festivalgoers look on.

Congrats you two!

Video taken by Dave Bell.

Posted on July 18th, 2016


Well, the first acts announced for Longitude 2016 in Marlay Park from 15 – 17 July.

Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer & The National are each of the day’s headliners.

Also playing are Jamie xx, Father John Misty, Chvrches, Roisin Murphy, Action Bronson, MØ, Courtney Barnett, ASAP Ferg, Tyler, The Creator; Rejjie Snow, All Tvvins, Otherkin, Pleasure Beach and Saint Sister.


Tickets will go on sale next Friday 29th January at 9am at €159.50 + fee and day tickets cost €64.50 + fee. Three customers can get their hands on Longitude tickets before anyone else, presale tickets go on sale at 48 hours before general release. Tickets will be available from Ticketmaster.

Posted on January 22nd, 2016


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EL VY is a new project by Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Menomena/Ramona Falls (rhymes with hairtie/hellpie) which will release a debut album Return To The Moon on October 30th this year on 4AD.

The project is a lighter take what Berninger normally makes. The pair have been friends for years since touring small clubs around the US and they got together in the last year to make an album from sketches of songs made in that time.

EL VY will play a live show in Whelan’s on December 13th. Tickets are €22.90 + fee on sale Friday at 9am from Ticketmaster. European tour dates below.

‘Return To The Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing,with Crescendo)’ is the opening track from the album:


1. Return To The Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)
2. I’m The Man To Be
3. Paul Is Alive
4. Need A Friend
5. Silent Ivy Hotel
6. No Time To Crank The Sun
7. It’s A Game
8. Sleepin’ Light (feat. Ural Thomas)
9. Sad Case
10. Happiness, Missouri
11. Careless


1st COPENHAGEN Pumpehuset
2nd HAMBURG Grunspan
3rd AMSTERDAM Melkweg
4th COLOGNE Kantine
6th BERLIN Astra
8th PARIS Trabendo,
10th LONDON Electric Ballroom
12th MANCHESTER Gorilla
13th DUBLIN Whelans

Posted on August 5th, 2015


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Sounds from a Safe Harbour is a new festival put together by Cork Opera House’s Mary Hickson with curated lineup by Bryce Dessner of The National taking place around the city of Cork from September 17th to 20th.

Billed as a festival of music, art and conversation, music will come from The Gloaming, Julianna Barwick, My Brightest Diamond, Sam Amidon, a collaboration between Lisa Hannigan and Aaron Dessner, New York So Percussion and Nadia Sirota, a bunch of Icelandic artist including composer Valgeir Sigurðsson, Amiina, Ragnar Kjartansson, Kjartan Sveinsson, Skúli Sverrisson and the record label Bedroom Community; This Is How We Fly; English organist James McVinnie, Donal Dineen, Crash Ensemble, Eat My Noise and more.

Wave Movements – a new composition by Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire will be the focal point of Sounds from a Safe Harbour. It will be performed at Cork Opera House by the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and accompanied with film by the celebrated Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Many of the events are inspired by the “harbour environs, themes of waves, water and movement.”

There will be screenings of Sigur Ros’ ‘Heima’ and The National’s ‘Mistaken for Strangers’ with conversations and a music trail to be announced. Cork Opera House, The Everyman Palace Theatre, UCC, Port of Cork, Triskel Christchurch, Firkin Crane, Crawford Art Gallery, Wandesford Quay Gallery and Sternview Gallery are some of the venues involved.

Tickets on sale from May 21 with more announcements in June.

“Sounds from a Safe Harbour has grown exponentially from my initial conversation with Mary Hickson into a huge, imaginative celebration and contextualisation of the initial idea alongside the port aspects of Cork,” says curator Bryce Dessner. “Rolling with the water, wave and sea themes, we decided to look to the river, the harbour and the port in making Sounds from a Safe Harbour. I’m especially looking forward to bringing ‘Wave Movements’ to Cork and performing it along with another composition of mine entitled ‘St. Carolyn by the Sea’, which myself and my brother Aaron will perform live the RTE National Symphony Orchestra.

“Collaboration is a huge part of my own practice and I enjoy very much exploring cross genre engagement. We have injected this energy into our festival and will be presenting music, art, film, conversation, dance and food across the weekend. The unifying factor being the music, this is the special glue that brings Sounds from a Safe Harbour home.”

Posted on May 7th, 2015


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As broadcast last night, as it is every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM, which celebrated its first birthday this week. The show starts about six minutes into the first hour.

TXFM Show – April 2nd: Major Lazer, Jamie xx, Grimes, Fort Romeau, Girlpool, Cashmere Cat and more. by Nialler9 on Mixcloud

Part One

  1. Major Lazer – ‘Lean On’ (feat. MØ & DJ Snake)
  2. Hudson Mohawke – ‘Very First Breath’ (feat. Irfane)
  3. Hot Chip – ‘Need You Now’
  4. Waterstrider – ‘Nowhere Now’
  5. Courtney Barnett – ‘An Illustration of Loneliness’ (Sleepless in New York)
  6. Girlpool – ‘Chinatown’
  7. Jamie xx – ‘Loud Places’ (featuring Romy)
  8. Idris Muhammad – ‘Could Heaven Ever Be Like This’
  9. Super Furry Animals – ‘Hermann Loves Pauline’ (Monday’s SFA OK night in Dublin)
  10. Warpaint – ‘No Way Out’ (Redux)
  11. Grimes – ‘Realiti’
  12. Yumi Zouma – ‘Song for Zoe & Gwen’
  13. The National – ‘Sunshine on My Back’
  14. Landshapes – ‘Ader’

Part Two 

  1. The Mighty Stef – ‘Everybody Needs A Grave’
  2. Cashmere Cat – ‘Adore’ (feat. Ariana Grande)
  3. Frank Ocean – ‘Thinking Bout You’
  4. Georgia – ‘Move Systems’
  5. Tourist – ‘Holding On ft. Josef Salvat + Niia’
  6. Ben Khan – ‘1000’
  7. Tei Shi – ‘Go Slow’
  8. Róisín Murphy – ‘Exploitation’
  9. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Momma’
  10. Jamie xx – ‘Gosh’
  11. The Cyclist – ‘Heart of Stone’
  12. Fort Romeau – ‘Not A Word’ (with New Jackson)
  13. Skepta – ‘Shutdown’
  14. Roots Manuva – ‘Facety 2:11’
  15. Leftfield – ‘Phat Planet’

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on April 3rd, 2015

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Ticket giveaways this week:

How to enter ticket comp – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig or Friday 3pm latest for weekend gigs.

Tuesday July 15

  • Hall &  Oates @ Olympia Theatre (SOLD OUT)
    [Pop] You can’t go to that, no oh. (Pictured)
  • Ham Sandwich @ Whelan’s (€17.50)
    [Indie]  Part of the Whelan’s 25 series of gigs.
  • Emily Portman Trio @ The Odessa Club (€10/€12)
    [Folk]  English folk music.

Wednesday July 16

  • Cat Power @ Olympia Theatre (€33)
    [Rock] Fully-seated show from Chan Marshall.

Thursday July 17

  • Phosphorescent @ The Workman’s Club (€20)
    [Indie/rock] “country jams with claustrophobic electronica and mournful Mariachi horns”
  • 3Epkano perform to Metropolis @ National Concert Hall (€15, WIN TICKETS)
    [Live score] 3Epkano celebrate their 10th year in existence by soundtracking the Fritz Lang sci-fi epic. (Pictured)
  • The Academic @ The Grand Social  (€8)
    [indie/Rock] Young Mullingar band about to take off. Bear Claws.
  • Bombino @ Twisted Pepper (€16)
    [African] A Tuareg guitarist whose latest album is produced by Dan Auerbach.
  • The Stunning @ Bulmers Live at Leopardstown @ Leopardstown Racecourse (€15)
     [Live] Every Thursday of the summer racing and music season.
  • Theo Parrish:Teddy’s Get Down @ The Sugar Club (€20)
    [Electronic] Full set with live band which features Amp Fiddler revisiting old and new Sound Signature classics.

Friday July 18


Saturday July 19


Sunday July 20

  • Longitude Festival @ Marlay Park (€59.50 day/€149.50 for weekend)
    [Festival] Massive Attack, James Vincent McMorrow, Banks, First Aid Kit, Rudimental, Mano Le Tough, Bondax, Julio Bashmore, Broods and more.
  • Hotter Than July @ Meeting House Square, Temple Bar (Free, 2pm – 7pm)
    [world music] Improvised Music Company & Big Bang Festival West African-inspired Dublin band Manden Express, new trad from Ensemble Eriu, Coisceim Dance, the Balkan flavour of North Strand Kontra Band along samba dancers and bluegrass.

  • Owen Pallett @ Whelan’s (€20)
    [indie/alt] The violinist and composer extraordinaire sticks around after his shows with The National. (Pictured)
  • Sim Simma! @ The Twisted Pepper (6pm, Free)
    [Reggae] Reggae, dancehall and afrobeat club. Johnny Dread, Tadhg Byrna Bwoi, Frankie Grimes.

Monday July 21

  • OKO/ Alarmist @ Whelan’s (€10)
    [Alt/jazz] The experimental side of post-rock/jazz new Irish music. (Pictured)
  • Kevin Devine, Paddy Hanna @ Whelan’s (€13)
    [Rock]  Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter.

Posted on July 15th, 2014

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A handpicked selection of some of the best festivals, gigs and events coming up in the next three months this summer…

Body & Soul Festival @ Ballinlough Castle Co. Westmeath (€139 / €55 for Sunday)

Friday June 20 – Sunday June 22
A growing reputation as the best boutique festival in Ireland that draws in a serious lineup into its eclectic programme. Caribou, Darkside, Goldfrapp, John Grant, Shabazz Palaces and Mount Kimbie are the big name draws but there’s plenty of Irish talent with the likes of Young Wonder, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Come On Live Long and DJ night lineups curated by Mother, Nightflight and Hidden Agenda.

Arcade Fire, Pixies @ Marlay Park (€61.50)

Sunday June 29
Reflektor, the latest album from Arcade Fire, is a double release, that at 75 minutes took weeks to unlock its best moments. But now that its been digested some highlights are obvious: We Exist, Reflektor, Here Comes The Night Time, Afterlife to name several. The band’s live show has been trucking around playing songs tied to the city they’re playing in. My guess for June 29th? U2? Too obvious? The support band Pixies are on a second or third reunion at this point (sans Kim Deal of course) but their discography is loaded with classics enough to make you forget about those new unrequited songs. You can also catch the Pixies Live At The Marquee in Cork on June 30th.

Kanye West And Pharrell @ Marlay Park, Dublin (€59.50)

Wednesday July 2
An odd pairing at first glance but for the price of €59.50, one that’s pretty economical. On the one hand, Pharrell’s latest album Girl is a bit lightweight but he has the prescience of his audience to include a smattering of hits like Frontin’, Hollaback Girl, Drop It Like It’s Hot and Beautiful. As for Kanye? Well a lot has happened for him since Yeezus (baby, marriage, going to the cinema in Portlaoise) dropped but it’s unlikely that there’ll be any letting up in the spectacle department as the Yeezus tour is his most ambitiously staged yet.

The Prodigy @ The Marquee, Cork (€60)

Wednesday July 2
If you’re of a certain age, enough time has passed without you losing your shit to the sound of Liam, Keith and Maxim that it’s probably time to worship at the firestartin’ altar once more. You’ll be rewarded with a heavy dose of raved-up punk classics: Voodoo People, Breathe, Smack My Bitch Up, Their Law and Out Of Space. That’s hard to say no to.

Seven Quarters: Patrick Kelleher and Magic Pockets @ Whelan’s, Dublin (€10)

Friday July 4th
Seven Quarters is a new club night which happens four times a year in Whelan’s with a limited seven inch vinyl from each band given to the first 150 members of the audience. The second edition sees the alternative pop of Patrick Kelleher line up alongside the synth electronics of Magic Pockets.

A Fest Called Tribe @ The Bernard Shaw, Dublin (Free)

Saturday July 5
I always associate the summer with the sound of A Tribe Called Quest so this is an appropriate use of the season. Kicking off at 6pm with a screening of the Beats, Rhymes & Life documentary, the night continues with Joints&Jams DJs playing some Tribe music and related-material. The Big Blue Bus will also be putting on a special themed pizza , The Ham N Eggs (roast organic ham, free range egg & spinach) named after their 1990 track.

Little Green Cars @ Iveagh Gardens, Dublin (€28)

Saturday July 12
Watching the rise of LGC has been fascinating, not least because I first saw the band win a battle of the bands competition as a group of raggle-taggle 15 year-olds. They’re now in the world-class league thanks to heavy gigging and a collection of harmonic indie-folk songs that have found a rightful sizeable audience. This is their biggest headline show in Dublin but it won’t be their last.

Hall and Oates @ Olympia Theatre (€33)

Tuesday July 15
Daryl and John are still some of the biggest hitmakers in the business, and remain the top selling duo in U.S. chart history. That’s because of the HITS: I Can’t Go For That, Maneater, You Make My Dreams, Rich Girl, She’s Gone and others. Classic pop music and a rare chance to see the creators in the flesh.

The National @ Iveagh Gardens / Live At The Marquee @ Cork City / Big Top, Galway

Mid-July is all about the maudlin indie-rockers from New York who play four different outdoor gigs in Ireland. Kicking off at The Marquee in Cork on July 14th, the Big Top in Galway on July 16th and two nights in Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens on June 18th and June 19th. Phosphorescent support on all dates except the 19th where Owen Pallett steps up. I recommend an advance watch of The National film Mistaken For Strangers, a fascinating and funny documentary about lead singer Matt Berninger’s brother Tom, who comes on tour with the band.

Longitude @ Marlay Park, Dublin (€149 for weekend / €59.50 per day)

Friday July 19 – Sunday July 22
Last year’s Longitude established the festival as an essential part of the summer calendar and while this year relies more on the new names than the big names there’s plenty to recommend spending time in an suburban park with: Haim, Disclosure, Massive Attack, John Talabot, James Vincent McMorrow, Chvrches, Hozier, Le Galaxie, Talos, Banks and Roosevelt.

Mountain Dew Festival 2014 @ Cork

Saturday July 26
Maybe it’s a bit silly putting an invite-only event on a guide but Mountain Dew is doing something different and deserves some kudos. Events like this should be encouraged. Run by Colm O’Herlihy from the garden of his family home, the musical lineup includes Talos, Slow Skies, Stevie G, Samaris, Meltybrains? Daniel Martin Moore, Conor Walsh and there’ll also be some Jim Carroll-hosted Banter and good food by The Rocket Man. Besides, maybe if you ask nicely, he’ll invite you along. Or maybe you should start your own small festival?

BadbadnotGood @ The Sugar Club, Dublin (€10)

Wednesday July 30
This Toronto Jazz trio who play hip-hop instrumentals for the head-nodders have worked with Tyler, The Creator and most recently, Ghostface Killah on the superb Six Degrees. They’ve already played here in May but they, and we, liked it so much they’re coming back.

Castlepalooza Music & Arts Festival @ Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Co. Offaly (€89 / €50 for Sunday ticket)

Friday August 1 – Sunday August 3
If you’re the kind of person that gets lost at a festival then the walled garden of Charleville Castle where Castlepalooza is set is for you. Pitch your tent around the back of the (haunted) castle and make the short jaunt to see the likes of Gruff Rhys, Giles Peterson, Andrew Weatherall, Daithí, Meltybrains?, Norman J and Ships.

Electric Picnic @ Stradbally, Co. Laois (€229 / €90)

Friday August 29 – Sunday August 31
Now in its eleventh year, EP continues to set the bar for a combination of eclectic programme, some big big names and a plethora of stages featuring food, discussions, trailer parks and stranded boats. The marquee names include Outkast, Beck, Portishead, Pet Shop Boys, Foals, St. Vincent, Lily Allen, Chic and Blondie. I’m also looking forward to seeing Jungle, Omar Souleyman, Twin Shadow, FKA Twigs and Kaytranada. Electric Picnic remains the biggest and best festival in Ireland.

Brought to you by Jameson.

Posted on June 18th, 2014


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Primavera Sound Barcelona’s lineup for May 29th to 31st this year is out and at the top it’s pretty rockcentric.

As well as headline slots for Arcade Fire, QOTSA, NiN, The National, Pixies and Slowdive, there will be sets from Disclosure, Kendrick Lamar, Caetano Veloso, Volcano Choir, Mogwai, Neutral Milk Hotel, Metronomy, Haim, Darkside, John Grant, SBTRKT, Godspeed! You Black Emperor and Television performing Marquee Moon.

Deeper in you’ve got Jamie xx, Antibalas, Holy Ghost!, Chromeo, Sky Ferreira, Moderat, Sun Ra Arkestra, Glasser, Julian Cope, Dr John, Chk Chk Chk, Majical Cloudz, Foals, Cut Copy, Blood Orange, Daniel Avery and lots more. There’s an A-Z lineup below.

Tickets are €175 until February 7th, the same day the Poro edition is announced. More info.


Posted on January 28th, 2014


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After their show in the O2 this year, and a generally very successful 2013, The National will be back in Ireland for more dates in Cork, Dublin and Galway.

July 14th – Cork, Live At The Marquee (€38)
July 16th – Galway Arts Festival in the festival’s Big Top. (€39.50 plus fees)
July 18th & 19th – Iveagh Gardens, Dublin (€42.05 plus fees)

All tickets go on sale on Saturday, December 21st at 9am from Ticketmaster.

Tickets for the Galway event are available from, Tickets can also be bought in person at the Róisín Dubh, Dominick Street, Galway and OMG, Shop Street, Galway. Phone bookings can be made with Ticketmaster on 0818 719300 and 00353 1456 9569 for international customers and OMG on 091 509660.

Posted on December 20th, 2013



Epic brooding horns FTW. The National’s mournful ‘The Rains of Castamere’ appears on the Game Of Thrones season two soundtrack. The song appears as the credits roll in Episode 9 which was aired in the US last night. It was announced last week that Matt Berninger would also be doing narration for a kid’s iPad app which the band will be scoring also.

Posted on May 28th, 2012



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Since arriving in Dingle for the recording of TV show and cosy gigfest Other Voices, the only band that was on everybody’s lips was The National. Their three day pre-Christmas residency in Olympia Theatre in Dublin leading up to this special once-off gig, fueled the expectation further and the prospect of seeing a band who feel like they are at a tipping point in their career in a small, seated space was almost too much for some.

Luckily, eager fans didn’t have to wait long. The National were the first band on-stage due to having the most gear. The band flew in earlier yesterday afternoon and spent the day in Dingle town where they got acquainted with some proper Irish food including bacon and cabbage and brown bread ice cream. The band also recorded a special session in the same house where Elbow and The xx performed in years previous so that will be something to savour when the show airs in the New Year.

The National’s set was 45 minutes of concentrated awesomeness. Their overarching selling point is an intensity that is peerless and unique onto themselves. At eight songs, the setlist reads like a collection of the band’s career highlights. The songs: ‘England’, ‘Fake Empire’, ‘Bloodbuzz Ohio’, ‘Terrible Love’, ‘Runaway’, ‘Mr November’ and ‘Slow Show’ are delivered with an increased ferocity from the start to the finish of the set. This is a band who thrive on presenting a razor-edged sound together, it’s about the big picture and the delivery of a big sound.


Posted on December 6th, 2010


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