THE NATIONAL // USHER HALL, EDINBURGH

THE NATIONAL KICK OFF THE FIRST OF TWO SOLD OUT SHOWS AT EDINBURGH'S USHER HALL ON THE UK LEG OF 'SLEEP WELL BEAST' TOUR.

THE NATIONAL PLAYING FIRST OF TWO SOLD OUT SHOWS AT EDINBURGH'S USHER HALL - 20/09/2017
PICTURE BY: CALUM BUCHAN PHOTOGRAPHY

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The National kicked off the fourth show of their European/UK tour after a night playing in Cork at The Cork Opera House and two nights in Dublin, Ireland at Vicar Street for their new album 'Sleep Well Beast' in Edinburgh on the 20th of September.

The band who hail from Connecticut, Ohio played their first show in Scotland since 2014 when they toured for their sixth studio album "Trouble Will Find Me". 

Before 'The National' came on, their close friends 'Luluc' supported the band with a warming set to get the fans excited for the main act. The band came on stage around 21:00 and started with the opening track from their new album "Nobody Else Will Be There" then followed up with a powerful and passionate performance of 'The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness'. Later on during the set 'Luluc' joined them on stage after the encore to perform a beautiful version of 'Born to Beg'. The band performed a different setlist than the ones from previous shows in Cork and Dublin. Throughout the concert Matt Berninger’s deep voice and the bands beautiful melancholy ambient melodies gave the fans a whole load emotions with their stunning set and definitely gave them a night to remember.

'The National' have proven that they can go even further and start playing arenas. Their new album has had global success ever since the release and on the 20th of September 2017 they received their first ever UK number one which surely will be a massive inspiration to them to go on and carry on with what they do best.

THE NATIONAL PLAYING FIRST OF TWO SOLD OUT SHOWS AT EDINBURGH'S USHER HALL - 20/09/2017
PICTURE BY: CALUM BUCHAN PHOTOGRAPHY

'Sleep Well Beast' is the seventh studio album by 'The National'. The album was released on September 8, 2017, on 4AD.

You can buy the album here:
http://4ad.co/SleepWellBeast

Setlist:

Nobody Else Will Be There
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
Walk It Back
Guilty Party
I Should Live in Salt
Don't Swallow the Cap
Afraid of Everyone
Empire Line
Turtleneck
I Need My Girl
The Geese of Beverly Road
Apartment Story
Bloodbuzz Ohio
Green Gloves
Carin at the Liquor Store
Day I Die
I'll Still Destroy You
Fake Empire


Encore:
Born to Beg
Mistaken for Strangers
Mr. November
Terrible Love

THE NATIONAL'S WORLD TOUR CONTINUES:

SEPTEMBER 21 - USHER HALL : EDINBURGH, UK - SOLD OUT
SEPTEMBER 22 - O2 APOLLO : MANCHESTER, UK - SOLD OUT
SEPTEMBER 23 - O2 APOLLO : MANCHESTER, UK - SOLD OUT
SEPTEMBER 25 - EVENTIM APOLLO : LONDON, UK - SOLD OUT
SEPTEMBER 26 - EVENTIM APOLLO : LONDON, UK - SOLD OUT
SEPTEMBER 27 - EVENTIM APOLLO : LONDON, UK - SOLD OUT
SEPTEMBER 28 - EVENTIM APOLLO : LONDON, UK - SOLD OUT
OCTOBER 05 - WANG THEATRE : BOSTON, USA - SOLD OUT
OCTOBER 06 - FOREST HILLS STADIUM : NEW YORK CITY, USA
OCTOBER 07 - STAGE AE : PITTSBURGH, USA
OCTOBER 08 - MASONIC HALL : DETROIT, USA
OCTOBER 11 - HOLLYWOOD BOWL : LOS ANGELES, USA
OCTOBER 12 - CALCOAST CRDIT UNION OPEN AIR THEATRE : SAN DIEGO, USA
OCTOBER 14 - GREEK THEATRE : BERKELEY, USA - SOLD OUT
OCTOBER 15 - GREEK THEATRE : BERKELEY, USA - MATINEE SHOW
OCTOBER 21 - ELBPHILHARMONIE : HAMBURG, GERMANY - SOLD OUT
OCTOBER 23 - TEMPODROM : BERLIN, GERMANY - SOLD OUT
OCTOBER 24 - TEMPODROM : BERLIN, GERMANY - SOLD OUT
OCTOBER 25 - AFAS LIVE : AMSTERDAM - THE NETHERLANDS - SOLD OUT
OCTOBER 26 - AFAS LIVE : AMSTERDAM - THE NETHERLANDS - SOLD OUT
OCTOBER 28 - COLISEU DOS RECREDIOS : LISBON - PORTUGAL - SOLD OUT
OCTOBER 30 - PALAIS DES BEAUX-ARTS : BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - SOLD OUT
OCTOBER 31 - PALAIS DES BEAUX-ARTS : BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - SOLD OUT
NOVEMBER 02 - PITCHFORK PARIS : PARIS, FRANCE
NOVEMBER 04 - ANNEXET : STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - SOLD OUT
NOVEMBER 05 - ANNEXET : STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
NOVEMBER 06 - SENTRUM SCENE : OSLO, NORWAY - SOLD OUT
NOVEMBER 07 - SENTRUM SCENE : OSLO, NORWAY - SOLD OUT
NOVEMBER 27 - ARELENE SCHNITZER CONCERT HALL : PORTLAND, USA - SOLD OUT
NOVEMBER 28 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE : SEATTLE, USA - SOLD OUT
NOVEMBER 29 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE : SEATTLE, USA - SOLD OUT
DECEMBER 01 - QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE : VANCOUVER, CANADA - SOLD OUT
DECEMBER 02 - QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE : VANCOUVER, CANADA - SOLD OUT
DECEMBER 04 - VERIZON HALL : PHILADELPHIA, USA - SOLD OUT
DECEMBER 05 - THE ANTHEM : WASHINGTON, D.C, USA - SOLD OUT'
DECEMBER 07 - METROPOLIS : MONTREAL, CANADA - SOLD OUT
DECEMBER 08 - METROPOLIS : MONTREAL, CANADA - SOLD OUT
DECEMBER 09 - SONY CENTRE : TORONTO, CANADA - SOLD OUT
DECEMBER 10 - HAMILTON PLACE THEATRE : HAMILTON, CANADA
DECEMBER 12 - CIVIC OPERA HOUSE : CHICAGO, USA - SOLD OUT
DECEMBER 13 - CIVIC OPERA HOUSE : CHICAGO, USA - SOLD OUT
JANUARY 20 2018 - THE JOINT : LAS VEGAS, USA
JANUARY 23 2018 - PEPSI CENTER : MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
FEBRUARY 21 2018 - SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE : SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SOLD OUT
FEBRUARY 22 2018 - SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE : SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SOLD OUT
FEBRUARY 25 2018 - VILLA MARIA WINERY : AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
FEBRUARY 27 2018 - RIVERSTAGE : BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
MARCH 01 2018 - SIDNEY MYER MUSIC BOWL : MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
JUNE 07 2018 - NORTHSIDE FESTIVAL 2018 : AARHUS, DENMARK

REVIEW BY: JOSH DRUMMOND
PHOTOS BY: CALUM BUCHAN PHOTOGRAPHY