The National

The National sharing ‘Sleep Well Beast’ in Hammersmith

The National are headed back to London.

With their previous performances in the capital taking place at The O2 Arena and Hyde Park, the band are returning to the more intimate setting of Eventim Apollo, playing four nights at the Hammersmith landmark.

Tickets for the shows, taking place from 25 to 28 September, go on general sale on 19 May.

The shows coincide with the release of the group’s seventh album ‘Sleep Well Beast’. Released on 8 September, the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ was primarily recorded at band member Aaron Dessner’s own studio, Long Pond, in Hudson Valley, New York. The environment allowed the group to create their most adventurous songs yet.

“There were times when we would be up here and people wouldn’t leave for two or three weeks—not even go to a coffee shop. It’s a nice place to be, and we enjoyed it,” Dessner told Pitchfork.

“We recorded so much music: focusing in on what the album is, that gets more intense in the old way. But this time, we weren’t so interested in constructing a polished or elaborately tightly-knit kind of record. We allowed ourselves to have more sounds that are just hanging out there in the mist.”

Added singer Matt Berninger: “There’s also a pond right outside the studio that just constantly gets wildlife — bullfrogs and turtles and herons and ducks landing on it. It’s hard to be a dick when you look out the window and there’s this tranquil pond. We were just sweeter to each other than usual.”


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