Patti Smith, Sylvan Esso, Of Monsters and Men, Local Natives and More to Play The National’s 2020 Homecoming Music Festival

Returning to Smale Riverfront Park May 8-9, Homecoming will also feature Phosphorescent, Japanese Breakfast, Cincinnati groups Wussy and Triiibe, two nights of The National (including an in-full performance of 'High Violet') and more

click to enlarge The National - Photo: Graham MacIndoe
Photo: Graham MacIndoe
The National

The Homecoming music festival — presented by Indie Rock giants (and Cincinnati natives) The National and in conjunction with the long-running MusicNOW fest — returns to Smale Riverfront Park May 8-9, 2020. And just like in the event's inaugural year in 2018, the fest will showcase some of the most acclaimed and popular artists in the Indie universe — and even a legit Rock & Roll legend. 

As in 2018, The National will headline both nights of Homecoming, performing two different sets each night. On one of the nights (which one has yet to be announced), the band will perform its 2010 album High Violet in full.

The rest of the lineup for the festival includes the iconic Patti Smith, Sylvan Esso, Of Monsters and Men, Local Natives, Japanese Breakfast, Phosphorescent, Hamilton Leithauser, Jay Som, Velvet Negroni and Sudan Archives (who is also a Cincinnati native).

At 2018's Homecoming, local band A Delicate Motor performed. In 2020, Homecoming will showcase two Cincinnati groups — acclaimed rockers Wussy and Hip Hop/activist collective Triiibe.

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

Two-day tickets (including VIP options) go on sale this Friday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. via ntlhomecoming.com. (A pre-lineup-announcement presale ended last night at midnight.)

MusicNOW — the festival founded by National guitarist Bryce Dessner in 2006 that trends toward the more experimental, often neo-Classical side of music  — will run May 8-10, 2020. The event will feature "late night" post-Homecoming shows on May 8 and 9 in various venues around the city, plus a full slate of performances on May 10. The lineup for MusicNOW 2020 is expected soon.

Homecoming is again being produced by AC Entertainment, the company behind music events like Bonnaroo, Forecastle and several other major and/or innovative festivals across the country.


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