In addition to the news about its involvement in the inaugural Boston Calling festival, this week The National told fans it was “very, very happy to be announcing a bunch of U.S. + Canadian tour dates.”
In a post on its Facebook page the band added, “Oh and also, thought you might like to know that we'll be putting out a new album in May.”
In March you can find The National guitarist Bryce Dessner at Australia’s Adelaide Festival celebrating the New York-based label, Brassland, he co-founded. He’s also taking part in “Planetarium” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music March 21-24 and at Los Angeles’ Disney Concert Hall April 22. The show – a collaborative song cycle written by Dessner, Sufjan Stevens and Nico Muhly – is described as celebrating “the planets with a fantastical stage production of celestial bodies and a giant orb.”
After that, Dessner joins up with the rest of The National for the upcoming tour.
Lollapalooza Chile, Santiago, Chile
April 2, 2011
Here is the North American itinerary:
May 16 – Ithaca, N.Y., State Theatre
May 26 – Boston, Mass. City Hall Plaza (“Boston Calling”)
June 5 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Barclays Center
June 6 – Columbia, Md., Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 7 – Philadelphia, Pa., Mann Center For Performing Arts
June 8 – Richmond, Va., The National
June 10 – Raleigh, N.C., Red Hat Amphitheatre
June 11 – Pittsburgh, Pa., Stage AE
June 13 – Montreal, Quebec, Canal Lachine
June 14 – Toronto, Ontario, Yonge Dundas Square
June 15 – Columbus, Ohio, Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
Dirty Projectors support June 6-7 and June 10-11.
Dessner’s twin brother Aaron is co-curating Boston Calling, which also features Portugal. The Man, Andrew Bird, Dirty Projectors and Ra Ra Riot. Presale tickets go on sale March 1, followed by the general onsale March 8.
With gigs scheduled June 13-15, it looks like The National will take the stage at Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn., June 16.
Tickets for Barclays Center are on sale now. A presale for Pittsburgh began today. A presale for select U.S. dates begins Feb. 28. Tickets go on sale to the public March 1. Montreal’s presale is March 1, followed by the general onsale March 2. Toronto is a free show.
For more information click here for The National’s website, where you can find presale passwords.