The National Announce Huge Australian Tour


The National are returning to Australia in summer 2014 in what is to be the band’s biggest ever Australia tour.

Part of last month’s Splendour in the Grass, The National have confirmed another Australian visit set for early February, their first headline tour since 2010’s sold-out national tour.

The Cincinnati five-piece, made up of two sets of siblings, will perform at a number of top, open-air venues, including Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl, The Thebarton in Adelaide, Brisbane’s Riverstage, the Sydney Opera House Forecourt and as part of Perth Festival at the Belvoir Amphitheatre.

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Fans suffered through a three-year wait for new material before the band finally released their sixth album, Trouble Will Find Me in May.

“(We) really tricked ourselves into relaxing and not worrying about making a record,” frontman Matt Berninger said of the Trouble Will Find Me recording process in an interview with The Bay Bridged earlier this month. “That’s when, all of a sudden, the songs started just happening. That may have been one of the reasons why there was a casual, freewheeling vibe to how this record came about.

“Over the years, we learned to respect each other’s ideas and respect the process that the five of us goes through – meaning that it takes a while for us to bring ideas to fruition and meld them together into one thing. We fought those fights and came through the other side. This time, we weren’t worried about the band dissolving, and we embraced the chemistry (and) process, and were at peace with it.”

The National 2014 Australian tour

Thursday, Feb 6 – Adelaide (Thebarton Theatre)
Saturday, Feb 8 – Sydney (Sydney Opera House Forecourt)
Sunday, Feb 9 – Melbourne (Sidney Myer Music Bowl)
Tuesday, Feb 11 – Brisbane (Riverstage)
Friday, Feb 14 – Perth (Belvoir Amphitheatre)

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