Cold War Kids and Andrew Bird step in to help the New Yorkers

Brooklyn based American indie band The National have just played an intense thirty minute set on Latitude’s main stage, despite having lost all of their musical equipment en route to the site.

Visibly slightly uncomfortable with the situation, vocalist Matt Berninger, paused between songs to repeat how sorry they were for not having their kit on stage.

Thankfully, Cold War Kids and Andrew Bird, both playing the main stage today, stepped in to lend the quintet all the of the instruments they needed.

The National played several tracks from their recent release for Beggars Banquet ‘Boxer’.

Starting with ‘Start A War’ and ‘Mistaken For Strangers,’ they also play tracks from their previous albums, including ‘Abel’ and ‘Secret Meeting’.

They end with a gasping version of ‘Mr November’ – Berninger realing stretching to belt out the chorus whilst climbing on the drum riser.

For the full report on The National’s performance, click here to read Michael’s blog The National.

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Pic credit: Farah Ishaq