The lineup is announced for May 8-10, Cincinnati, Ohio

Homecoming, the hometown celebration curated by The National, and its long-established companion festival, MusicNOW, will be returning to Cincinnati May 8 through May 10.

Scheduled for Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9 at Smale Park on the Cincinnati waterfront, The National will headline Homecoming with two unique sets, including a full performance of High Violet. The lineup also includes the great Patti Smith and Her Band, celebrated electronic pop duo Sylvan Esso, Of Monsters and Men, Local Natives, Japanese Breakfast, Phosphorescent, Hamilton Leithauser, Jay Som, Sudan Archives, Velvet Negroni, Wussy and Triiibe.

From the video channel of Jon Atienza

Homecoming will run alongside MusicNOW, the renowned contemporary music festival founded by Bryce Dessner in 2006, now in its 14th edition. Taking place at venues throughout downtown Cincinnati, MusicNOW will present separately ticketed late night events on May 8 and 9, and a full program of events on Sunday, May 10. The lineup will be announced shortly, and will feature world-class contemporary classical music and beyond, with special exhibitions and talks throughout the festival weekend. Ticketing details for MusicNOW will be announced shortly.

“It’s great to invite our friends and fans to our hometown – the place where we all began our lives as listeners and musicians,” says Bryan Devendorf of The National. “Putting on this intimate event on the banks of the Ohio River is meaningful to us and our families. We are so very grateful.”

Homecoming 2020 follows an incredible launch in 2018. In a review from 2018, Billboardwrote, “The National came home, showed the world what they’d learned on their travels around the globe, shared some of the riches with their friends and family and set the stage for [a]…ritual of renewal, discovery and surprises in the place that’s still home in their hearts.

About AC Entertainment
AC Entertainment is internationally recognized as an innovative leader in creating, producing, booking and marketing first-class live entertainment experiences – from festivals and concerts to all types of special events. As producers of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Forecastle Festival, High Water Festival, Homecoming in association with MusicNOW, Moon River Music Festival, Railbird Festival, and Big Ears Festival, and through the 1,000+ concerts they present nationally each year, AC takes special pride in those unforgettable, spine-tingling moments that everyone remembers long after the lights have come up.

About MusicNOW
Now in its 14th year, Cincinnati’s MusicNOW, under the leadership of founder and artistic director Bryce Dessner, is known around the country for its eclectic and thoughtful combinations of contemporary music, world premiere commissions and visual art installations. The festival’s mission is to present the best in contemporary music, offer artists an opportunity to take risks and commission new work. The celebrated artists and composers who have gathered at past festivals include Sufjan Stevens, Kronos Quartet, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, Steve Reich, eighth blackbird, Caroline Shaw, Andrew Norman and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

From the video channel of Jon Atienza

Drop us a line at [email protected] to submit your review or live music news story or feature.