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The National Returning To New Zealand In February

The National Returning To New Zealand In February

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Josh Goleman / Monday 25th September, 2023 8:01AM

Originally all set to return to Aotearoa in 2020 before the global pandemic effectively nerfed all tour plans, fans of The National won't need to wait much longer to see Matt Berninger and the gang gracing local stages. Directly following last Monday's launch of their star-studded new album Laugh Track (featuring Phoebe Bridgers, Bon Iver and Roseanne Cash), The National have announced Aotearoa headline dates at Tāmaki Makaurau's Spark Arena and Te Whanganui-a-Tara's TSB Arena in late February 2024 — the Ohio indie rock gods' first ever performance in the capital.

During the time since their last visit (in 2018 at Villa Maria Winery), the Grammy-winning group have been on one heck of a productive streak as their star has shined ever brighter — releasing First Two Pages Of Frankenstein (featuring Taylor Swift, Bridgers and Sufjan Stevens) in April of this year, 2019's long player I Am Easy To Find, Berninger unveiled his solo album Serpentine Prison in 2020, and they put out two live records, Juicy Sonic Magic (2019) and Boxer (2018). Don't miss The National riding a career high this coming summer, brought to you by Solid Entertainment...

UPDATE 20/12/23: Aotearoa superstars The Beths and Fazerdaze have been announced as special guests, updated details below...

The National

Saturday 24th February - Spark Arena, Auckland w/ Fazerdaze
Sunday 25th February - TSB Arena, Wellington w/ The Beths

Tickets on sale from Ticketmaster

Hit play on 'Deep End (Paul's In Pieces)' from The National's new album Laugh Track...

Here's the official lyric video for The National's 'The Alcott' featuring Taylor Swift, from April's long player First Two Pages Of Frankenstein...

Listen to their brand new album Laugh Track, launched last Monday via 4AD...

Press release:

Solid Entertainment are honoured to announce the return of THE NATIONAL in February 2024 for their first shows in NZ in six years. Following the Covid enforced cancellation of the bands two sold-out shows at Auckland’s Civic Theatre in 2020 The National’s impeccable musical output now includes three more hugely acclaimed new albums. Already established in the elite class amongst the very best bands in the world The National are operating at the peak of their powers, and the band continue to astonish.

The National have always included New Zealand in their touring schedule and have a deep affinity with the country and their fans here. As regular visitors they have headlined shows at Spark Arena 2014, Auckland City Limits 2017 and Villa Maria Winery 2018. Excitingly this tour will call in for the very first time in Wellington playing at the TSB Arena as one of the opening shows in the Aotearoa New Zealand Festival Of The Arts. These performances will be the first opportunity to hear the band play new songs from these recent albums since their last visit six years ago. (I Am Easy To Find 2019, First Two Pages of Frankenstein April 2023 and Laugh Track Sept 2023).


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The National
Sat 24th Feb 8:00pm
Spark Arena, Auckland
The National
Sun 25th Feb 8:00pm
TSB Arena, Wellington