The National Press Picture
Graham MacIndoe

With two days of mysterious teasers popping up on the band’s website, leaving everyone scratching their heads at what was up, we finally have answers.

Premiered by BBC Radio 6’s Chris Hawkins, the new single The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness is the first cutting from the band’s long-awaited 7th album Sleep Well Beast. Pegged for release on September 8th, Sleep Well Beast is now available to pre-order from The National’s website.

Read our review of The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness over here.

And if that wasn’t enough, the new album will be accompanied by a massive, 40 date, world tour. Kicking off in Cork on September 12th, the tour will see the band play multiple-night residencies in Dublin, London, Manchester and Edinburgh before heading off across the rest of the world.

Tickets for the tour will be on sale on Friday 19th May, UK and European customers pre-ordering Sleep Well Beast (via specific retailers) before 10am BST on Sunday 14th May will receive an exclusive early access code for Monday’s tour pre-sale.

WORLD TOUR:

23-25/06/17 – Glastonbury Festival – Glastonbury, UK
12/08/17 – HAVEN Festival – Copenhagen, DENMARK
16/09/17 – Cork Opera House / Sounds From a Safe Harbour – Cork, IRELAND
17/09/17 – Vicar Street – Dublin, IRELAND
18/09/17 – Vicar Street – Dublin, IRELAND
20/09/17 – Usher Hall – Edinburgh, UK
21/09/17 – Usher Hall – Edinburgh, UK
22/09/17 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK
23/09/17 – O2 Apollo – Manchester, UK
25/09/17 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK
26/09/17 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK
27/09/17 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK
28/09/17 – Eventim Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK
05/10/17 – Wang Theatre – Boston, MA, USA
06/10/17 – Forest Hills Stadium – New York, NY, USA
11/10/17 – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA, USA
12/10/17 – CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre – San Diego, CA, USA
14/10/17 – Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA, USA
21/10/17 – Elbphilharmonie – Hamburg, GERMANY
23/10/17 – Tempodrom – Berlin, GERMANY
24/10/17 – Tempodrom – Berlin, GERMANY
25/10/17 – AFAS Live – Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
28/10/17 – Coliseum – Lisbon, PORTUGAL
30/10/17 – Palais des Beaux-Arts – Brussels, BELGIUM
31/10/17 – Palais des Beaux-Arts – Brussels, BELGIUM
02-04/11/17 – Pitchfork Paris, Paris, FRANCE
04/11/17 – Annexet – Stockholm, SWEDEN
05/11/17 – Annexet – Stockholm, SWEDEN
06/11/17 – Sentrum Scene – Oslo, NORWAY
07/11/17 – Sentrum Scene – Oslo, NORWAY
27/11/17 – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall – Portland, OR, USA
28/11/17 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA, USA
29/11/17 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA, USA
01/12/17 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver BC, CANADA
02/12/17 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver BC, CANADA
04/12/17 – Verizon Hall – Philadelphia, PA, USA
07/12/17 – Metropolis – Montreal QC, CANADA
08/12/17 – Metropolis – Montreal QC, CANADA
09/12/17 – Sony Centre – Toronto ON, CANADA
10/12/17 – Hamilton Place Theatre – Hamilton ON, CANADA
12/12/17 – Civic Opera House – Chicago, IL, USA
13/12/17 – Civic Opera House – Chicago, IL, USA

 

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