The 2022 edition of Newport Folk Festival got underway on Friday (7/22) at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI. The fest has historically been a hotbed of unique collaborations and special appearances, and that's holding true this year, too. The National had a bunch of friends and collaborators on hand for their Friday set: Cassandra Jenkins, who came out for "I Need My Girl;" Anaïs Mitchell, who came out for "Rylan;" Hannah Georgas, who came out for "I Am Easy to Find;" and Adia Victoria, who came out for "Fake Empire." All four came back out for a set-closing singalong to "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks."
The National also debuted a new song, "Space Invader (Threaded Gold)" at Newport Folk. Watch fan-taken video, and see their full setlist, below.
UPDATE: In other The National-related news from Newport Folk, on Saturday (7/23), Bleachers brought out Lucy Dacus and Clairo, with Goose's Rick Mitarotonda joining them on guitar, to cover "Bloodbuzz Ohio." Watch video of that below, as well.
Cassandra will be in NYC for a show at Baby's All Right on Sunday (7/24).
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SETLIST: THE NATIONAL @ NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL, 7/22/2022
Space Invader (Threaded Gold)
This Isn't Helping
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
I Need My Girl (with Cassandra Jenkins)
Rylan (with Anaïs Mitchell)
Tropic Morning News (Haversham)
I Am Easy to Find (with Hannah Georgas)
Fake Empire (with Adia Victoria)
Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks (with Cassandra Jenkins, Anaïs Mitchell, Hannah Georgas, and Adia Victoria)