It wasn’t till I heard ‘Sleep Well Beast’ in its birthplace of Copenhagen did I truly understand its true beauty
I had never seen The National live until the summer of 2017. It was Glastonbury, the band were making their main stage Pyramid debut, playing just before a headline performance by the Foo Fighters. You need to understand, this is a monumental slot for any band, a pinnacle for any British group let alone an international one like The National. Its also an important stepping stone for a band to prove they can headline the biggest festival in the world. Unfortunately that night, everything went against The National. The skies turned a sour grey, crowds dispersed and their set (consisting of a majority of unheard material from the then forthcoming SWB) did not go down well at all, failing to connect with but a select few - I like many others walked away bitterly disappointed. A few months later, mere weeks away from Sleep Well Beasts launch, I was covering The National’s very own debut festival Haven in Denmark. It was to be there, tucked away in a field/industrial plant in the corner of a secluded part of capital Copenhagen in which the beautiful piece of art that is Sleep Well Beast would make me sing, cheer and most surprising of all… shed a tear.