The National have found a way to cure the post-tour blues, now that they're keeping busy with curatorial activities throughout the year. The band was recently invited headline the All Tomorrow's Parties festival this December, and as part of that they get to pick the whole line-up. The festival is held in Minehead, UK which is, uh, right near Bristol, which is in...uh...yeah? (Ok, we had to Google Map that.) Anyway, a preliminary line-up has been announced, including (but not limited to): Kronos Quartet, The Antlers, Owen Pallett, Boris, Tim Hecker, Sharon Van Etten, My Brightest Diamond, Wye Oak, Lower Dens, Megafaun, Suuns, Dark Dark Dark, and our very own Buke and Gase! The rest of the 40 total acts for ATP are still To Be Confirmed, but tickets for ATP recently went on sale.
(To Be Confirmed is not the name of a band by the way. Don't get any bright ideas.)
Earlier in the year, Bryce Dessner will present the seventh installment of his MusicNow Festival back in his Ohio birthplace in late March. Finally, Bryce and his brother Aaron will be busy curating another music festival, called Crossing Brooklyn Ferry. This latter festival will be produced by the Brooklyn Academy of Music and will be held from May 3 to 5. Over the three nights there will be performances by a variety of bands. (To Be Confirmed might even show up!) While the lineup for Crossing Brooklyn Ferry has not yet been released, a late-night dance party is most definitely on the agenda, and we hear there will also be screenings of short films commissioned for the festival, and other things which are quite artistic but considerably less indie rocking in nature. Tickets for the music festival will go on sale in March.
Maybe you're all, "Just three festivals, aren't they doing anything else with their time?" Well, first of all, give The National a break. It was a long tour. Second, let us direct you over to our update on all the collaboration work that will keep our musicians' thumbs from twiddling.
Good night and geez, cut a band a break sometimes.