The National Edinburgh Castle stage times: Expected gig set times, support, setlist, age restrictions, tickets

The National’s Matt Berninger.The National’s Matt Berninger.
The National’s Matt Berninger. | AFP via Getty Images
A beloved indie band are set to play a dramatic outdoor gig in Scotland.

Since releasing their self-titled debut album in 2001 The National have become one of the world’s biggest live acts, their breakthrough coming with 2005’s Alligator.

They’ve now released 10 studio albums, most recently last-year’s double-hit of First Two Pages of Frankenstein and Laugh Track - both critically acclaimed and instant fan favourites.

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The band are now touring, playing songs from their new album along with some of their best known titles from through the years.

And there’s good news for Scottish fans, with a date at the atmospheric venue of Edinburgh Castle.

Here’s everything you need to know.

When are Tha National playing Edinburgh?

The National will play Edinburgh Castle on Thursday, July 11.

Do The National have a support act?

For the Edinburgh leg of their tour The National will be supported by Beth Atwell. The Brighton-based critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter has released three albums of folk-tinged indie, most recently this year’s Light Sleeper, with the lead single Sylvester produced by none-other than The National’s Aaron Dessner.

What are the expected stage times?

The venue have yet to confirm the set times other than that doors will open at 6.45pm - watch this space. Based on previous similar concerts at the venue, expect Bess Atwell to play from around 7.30pm followed by The National taking the satge at some time between 8.30-9pm.

Can I still buy tickets?

If you’ve decided at the last minute that you would like to go then you are in luck, there are still tickets left, priced from £59.35 (plus the inevitable booking fee) available here.

Are there age restictions in place?

In the standing areas it’s over 14s only and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18. In the seated area all under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18. Organisers have adviced that the gig is not suitable for infants or small children.

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What's the likely The National setlist?

The National don’t always play the same setlist each night, although a fair few songs are played at most gigs. If your name isn’t Aaron Dessner you can’t be certain what they’ll play, but expect to hear a good number of these songs, performed at a recent gig in London.

  1. Runaway
  2. Eucalyptus
  3. Tropic Morning News
  4. Don't Swallow the Cap
  5. Bloodbuzz Ohio
  6. The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
  7. I Need My Girl
  8. This Is the Last Time
  9. Mistaken for Strangers
  10. Conversation 16
  11. Cherry Tree
  12. Lit Up
  13. Alien
  14. Space Invader
  15. Humiliation
  16. Murder Me Rachael
  17. Pink Rabbits
  18. Rylan
  19. England
  20. Graceless
  21. Fake Empire
  22. Light Years
  23. Mr. November
  24. Terrible Love
  25. About Today
  26. Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks



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