The National announce 3Arena Dublin show & new album featuring Taylor Swift, Phoebe Bridgers & Sufjan Stevens


The National have announced a 3Arena, Dublin show for September 21st this year, as part of a slew of dates and the announcement of their ninth studio album First Two Pages Of Frankenstein.

The 11-song album was produced by The National at Long Pond Studios in upstate New York and features guest appearances by Taylor Swift, Phoebe Bridgers, and Sufjan Stevens.

The National’s 3Arena goes on sale from on Friday 27 January at 10am, and all tour dates are below. Special guest on the date is Soccer Mommy.

Bryce and Aaron Dessner’s festival of music, dance, art and conversation co-produced with actor Cillian Murphy, playwright Enda Walsh, and Mary Hickson in Cork, Sounds From A Safe Harbour is also due to return in September 2023.

Nialler9 has curated a SFSH music trail for the festival in two previous years.

‘Tropic Morning News’ is the first single from the album, out April 28th on 4AD.

The song was co-written with Matt Berninger’s wife Carin Besser, “Tropic Morning News” takes its title from a phrase Besser invented to describe the regrettably routine practice of doom-scrolling. “The idea of referring to the darkness of the news in such a light way unlocked something in me,” says Berninger. “It became a song about having a hard time expressing yourself, and trying to connect with someone when the noise of the world is drowning out any potential for conversation.”

The song partly recorded live in Hamburg, and features London Contemporary Orchestra. “When Matt came in with that song in the depths of his depression, it felt like a turning point for us,” says Aaron Dessner. “It’s almost Dylan-esque in its lyrics and it’s so much fun to play; everything suddenly felt like it was coming alive again.”

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Pre-order for the album here or at

The band are selling woven blankets as part of their merch for the release.

The National Tour dates

05-20 Chicago, IL – Auditorium Theatre *
05-21 Chicago, IL – Auditorium Theatre *
05-24 Washington, D.C. – The Anthem *
05-26 Boston, MA – Boston Calling Music Festival
05-28 Napa, CA – Bottlerock Festival
05-30 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre *
06-02 Troutdale, OR – McMenamins Edgefield *
06-03 Troutdale, OR – McMenamins Edgefield *
06-04 Redmond, WA – Marymoor Park *
06-05 Burnaby, British Columbia – Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park *
08-01 Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia ~
08-03 New Haven, CT – Westville Music Bowl ~
08-07 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit ~
08-08 Madison, WI – The Sylvee ~
08-09 Minneapolis, MN – The Armory ~
08-11 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom ~
08-15 Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater ~
08-16 Atlanta, GA – Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park ~
08-18 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden &
09-21 Dublin, Ireland – 3 Arena *
09-23 Leeds, England – First Direct Arena *
09-24 Glasgow, Scotland – OVO Hydro Arena *
09-26 London, England – Alexandra Palace *

09-29 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome ^
09-30 Berlin, Germany – Max-Schmeling-Halle ^
10-01 Munich, Germany – Zenith ^
10-04 Madrid, Spain – WiZink Center ^
10-05 Porto, Portugal – Super Bock Arena ^
10-06 Lisbon, Portugal – Campo Pequeno ^

* with Soccer Mommy
~ with The Beths
& with Patti Smith and Her band
^ with Bartees Strange

Two Pages Of Frankenstein tracklist

  1. Once Upon a Poolside [ft. Sufjan Stevens]
  2. Eucalyptus
  3. New Order T-Shirt
  4. This Isn’t Helping [ft. Phoebe Bridgers]
  5. Tropic Morning News
  6. Alien
  7. The Alcott [ft. Taylor Swift]
  8. Grease in Your Hair
  9. Ice Machines
  10. Your Mind Is Not Your Friend [ft. Phoebe Bridgers]
  11. Send for Me

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