The National, Patti Smith to headline Homecoming Music Festival in Cincinnati

Andy Downing
The National

The National’s Homecoming Festival returns to Smale Park on the Cincinnati waterfront on May 8-9, 2020, with Patti Smith and Her Band, Sylvan Esso and Of Monsters and Men.

Ohio expats the National, who curated the lineup, will again headline both nights with unique sets, including a full performance of 2010 album High Violet to mark the record's 10-year anniversary.

Homecoming, which debuted in 2018 (we were there for day two) before taking last year off to regroup, will take place concurrently with contemporary music festival MusicNOW, founded by National guitarist Bryce Dessner in 2006, which runs May 8-10.

Additional Homecoming performers include: Local Natives, Japanese Breakfast, Phosphorescent, Hamilton Leithauser, Jay Som, Sudan Archives, Velvet Negroni, Wussy and Triiibe.

“It’s great to invite our friends and fans to our hometown — the place where we all began our lives as listeners and musicians,” Bryan Devendorf of the National said in a press release. “Putting on this intimate event on the banks of the Ohio River is meaningful to us and our families.”

Tickets for the festival go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 22.

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