The National Set for Cork and Dublin


Having been dropping hints over the last while, The National have announced that they will release their seventh studio album, Sleep Well Beast, via 4AD on September 8.

To coincide with its release, the band will kick off a word tour at Cork’s Opera House as part on September 16 as part of this year’s Sounds from a Sae Harbour Festival, followed by two night at Dublin’s Vicar Street (September 17 and 18).

Tickets – priced €60 for Cork and Dublin TBC – go on sale on Friday, May 19 at 10am, with pre-sale tickets on Tuesday, May 16 at 10am. This year’s Sounds From a Safe Harbour will run from September 14-17.

To accompany the album and tour announcement, the band have also unveiled the video for the album’s lead single, ‘The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness’.

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