The National played a surprise secret acoustic set at Edinburgh’s Connect Festival in memory of Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison.
The message “Secret set added – 7.45pm at Tiny Changes x Gardeners Cottage” was tipped off yesterday (August 28), and they soon discovered The National’s Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner performing on stage new Scottish festival. to pay tribute to his late friend.
The band, who headlined the festival, played ‘Sorrow’ and ‘About Today’, telling the audience for the latter song: “Whenever we play this one we think of Scott”, and singing the lyrics: “Today. ..you were away…and…I didn’t ask you why.”
The Tiny Changes x Gardeners Cottage was installed at the festival in association with Tiny Changes, the youth mental health support charity set up in memory of Hutchison, who died by suicide in 2018.
It is Scotland’s first national children and young people’s mental health charity and raised over £4,500 over the festival weekend.
Scott performed at the original Connect Festival in 2006 on a similar stage.
Aaron Dessner of The National said: “Thank you so much, it’s a pleasure to support Tiny Changes. Scott was a great friend of ours and, like you, we were big fans of Frightened Rabbit.
“We were devastated when he left. This charity is amazing, and any mental health awareness we can do, we want to do because we all struggle with it.”
Kara Brown, Managing Director of Tiny Changes, said: “Having the National play on the inaugural Tiny Changes stage at Connect Festival – a similar stage to the one Scott played in 2006 – is something that will forever be remembered and the end it’s perfect for an incredible weekend. live music, helping young minds feel better.”
Geoff Ellis, Managing Director of DF, said: “The fact that Frightened Rabbit’s Grant asked The National to do a secret performance at our Tiny Changes Gardeners’ Cottage is a truly unique experience and an appreciation of friendship and connection.
Meanwhile, The National returned to London last week (August 26) to headline All Points East 2022 – watch them perform their new single “Weird Goodbyes” with Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold here.
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