Make Your Own Virtual Homecoming Music Festival with This Handy Playlist

Just because The National's second Homecoming festival is canceled this weekend doesn't mean you can't drink some beer and listen to "High Violet" in full on your own

click to enlarge Homecoming 2018 - Photo: Brittany Thornton
Photo: Brittany Thornton
Homecoming 2018

The National was slated to bring their Homecoming music festival back to Smale Riverfront Park on May 8 and 9. It has been canceled because of COVID-19, with the band issuing a statement saying: "We made every attempt to reschedule Homecoming for 2020, however due to circumstances beyond our control, the festival will not take place this year as planned. Tickets will be automatically refunded at point of purchase and purchasers will be contacted in the coming days with more details on next steps and timing. We look forward to bringing the event back in 2021. Stay tuned and stay safe. Take care of yourself and each other and we'll see you soon."

So good news is Homecoming should be back in 2021. Bad news is there's no Homecoming this weekend for people who were excited for the lineup. 

The National was slated to play their 2010 album High Violet in full on May 8 (for its 10th anniversary), then a career-spanning set to close out the festival on May 9. 

This was who was scheduled to appear and when, according to info released in February.

Friday, May 8

  • The National performing High Violet in Full
  • Sylvan Esso
  • Local Natives
  • Phosphorescent
  • Sudan Archives
  • Triiibe

Saturday, May 9

  • The National
  • Patti Smith and Her Band
  • Of Monsters and Men
  • Japanese Breakfast
  • Hamilton Leithauser
  • Jay Som
  • Velvet Negroni
  • Wussy

Fans are also missing out on the concurrently running/also canceled avant-garde MusicNOW fest, from The National guitarist Bryce Dessner. 

Founded in 2006, this year's MusicNOW was supposed to run May 8-10 in various venues throughout downtown and Over-the-Rhine. Among other events, L.A.-based singer/songwriter Moses Sumney was going to headline an evening concert at the Music Hall Ballroom and Leslie Feist — aka Feist — was supposed to debut a special collaborative project based on Homer’s Odyssey with Shahzad Ismaily and Todd Dahlhoff.

But since there is no fest to go to this weekend, why not make your own Homecoming...at home?

Use this video to get into the mood:

Then, have whomever you're quarantining with charge you $9 for whatever beer or wine you get from the fridge (RhinegeistMadTree, Braxton and Fifty West are also doing easy drive-thru and curbside beer pick-up), see if you can recreate some fest food (a walking taco never disappoints) and make one of these Homecoming 2018 photos the background on your computer while you shuffle through this playlist of Homecoming 2020 artists — which does include The National's High Violet. Maybe set up a Zoom party?

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