It's Official: The National's Homecoming Music Festival is Returning to Cincinnati's Riverfront May 8-9

The lineup for Homecoming's second installment will be announced Nov. 20; ticket pre-sale begins Nov. 18

Nov 12, 2019 at 10:30 am
click to enlarge The National at Homecoming 2018 - Photo: Brittany Thornton
Photo: Brittany Thornton
The National at Homecoming 2018

After rampant speculation began over the weekend that The National would be bringing their Homecoming music festival back to Cincinnati's riverfront for a second installment in 2020, today (Nov. 12) the rumors were confirmed.

Homecoming (officially "Homecoming in association with MusicNOW") is slated to return to the band members' hometown May 8-10, 2020. It will again be held at Smale Riverfront Park. The longer-running MusicNOW festival (founded by The National's Bryce Dessner in 2006) will run concurrently with the riverfront concerts.

The Homecoming concerts at Smale will take place on May 8 and 9; additional MusicNOW events will run throughout the city all three days (as they did in 2018).

According to posts on The National's social media and the Homecoming website, there will be a pre-sale opportunity for tickets beginning Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. The lineup is scheduled to be announced Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Nov. 22 at 10 a.m.

The lineup for the first Homecoming music festival in 2018 included The Breeders, Father John Misty, Future Islands, Julien Baker, Moses Sumney, Feist, Lord Huron, Alvvays and Big Thief.

Below is the full press release for Homecoming/MusicNOW 2020 from the event site.

Homecoming in association with MusicNOW returns to Cincinnati, May 8-10, 2020! Your Homecoming lineup will be revealed next Wednesday, November 20 with tickets on sale to the public Friday, November 22 at 10am EST. A special pre-sale will run starting Monday, November 18 at 10am EST to Tuesday, November 20 at 11:59pm EST in advance of the lineup announcement.

Homecoming will be held Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9 at scenic Smale Riverfront Park. MusicNOW will run in conjunction with the festival throughout the weekend May 8-10 at separately ticketed venues throughout the city.

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