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The National with Jenny Lewis

The one where they played near our house and Matt borrowed Geri’s phone! Plus, support from Jenny Lewis and some huge balloons.

Matt takes Geri’s phone and records an epic video.

We've seen The National three times this year: Royal Festival Hall (April), Castlefield Bowl (July) and tonight, right here in my hometown. This was my eighth time all told and Geri’s seventh. Yeah, we’re superfans; they just get better and better. Tonight was especially valuable as I’ve been feeling down for a while (politics, work, other stuff) and this timely gig has immediately transformed my mood! I’ve no idea how people cope without music and bands.

I’m nervous when my favourites play my hometown, should the audience be flat and frustrate the band (as witnessed when Radiohead played this arena in 2003). Thankfully, the atmosphere tonight was ecstatic (at least, it seemed so from up front). The audience was warm and appreciative during the quieter tunes, celebratory and boisterous when things got loud. The band was absolutely into it.

I’ll always remember tonight for two reasons: 1) the closing Vanderlyle singalong with the entire crew in Christmas attire, and 2) Geri finally managed to pass her phone to Matt, resulting in an amazing video and that adorable expression of delight on her face!

It was also a pleasure to finally see Jenny Lewis. Geri’s been a fan since the Rilo Kiley days (and, I think, because of some films and TV she made as a child star), and we had to miss her show here in July. Her new album, On The Line, is terrific, and she played most of it tonight.

Anyway, videos and setlists...

Matt borrows Geri’s phone.
Vanderlyle singalong.
The National at Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Jenny Lewis.

The National

10th December, 2019
Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham

  • Rylan
  • You Had Your Soul With You
  • Don’t Swallow the Cap
  • Bloodbuzz Ohio
  • Guilty Party
  • Hey Rosey
  • Oblivions
  • Where Is Her Head
  • I Need My Girl
  • Sorrow
  • Day I Die
  • The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
  • Light Years
  • Carin at the Liquor Store
  • I Am Easy to Find
  • Graceless
  • England
  • Fake Empire


  • Quiet Light
  • Mr. November
  • Terrible Love
  • About Today
  • Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks

Jenny Lewis

  • Heads Gonna Roll
  • Wasted Youth
  • Red Bull & Hennessy
  • Just One of the Guys
  • Do Si Do
  • Dogwood
  • Party Clown
  • Little White Dove
  • Silver Lining (Rilo Kiley song)
  • Rabbit Hole