Ryan Adams – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

September 13th, 2017 by

Two years ago Ryan Adams blew the roof off Dublin’s Olympia Theatre. Then, touring his eponymously-titled 2014 album, the band belted out new songs and a host of rocking hits from over the past two decades. The eclectic repertoire sung out by our favourite rock-geek was well received, and while at that time State’s Ken […]


Bitch Falcon – Wolfstooth Reloaded

July 13th, 2017 by

When it comes to bands, few rock quite as hard as Bitch Falcon – which is why it might seem a slight surprise to find them on the bill of this weekend’s Longitude Festival, a hip-hop and electro heavy event if ever there was one (on the first two days anyway). We don’t expect them […]


Coldplay – Croke Park, Dublin

July 10th, 2017 by

“We just want to thank everyone for being here”. Yadda yadda. Chris Martin is sat at his piano in the middle of Croke Park, offering what seems to be the usual platitudes to some 80,000 people. Sure he’s reminiscing about Coldplay coming here in their early days and playing to virtually nobody, but it’s the […]



Body & Soul ’17

June 30th, 2017 by

Music festivals at their core, are usually quite chaotic things when you really stop and think about it. You bring together a group of people, some young, some old and put together a line-up consisting of everything from hardcore trap rappers to seasoned DJs playing retro deep house for hours on end. Now, this isn’t […]





Iron Maiden – 3Arena, Dublin

May 9th, 2017 by

“Scream for me Dublin!” The words that a full house at the 3Arena have been waiting seven years to hear. Few metal bands have the pulling power to sell out Dublin’s largest indoor music venue, but Iron Maiden have done just that, with attendance boosted by the absence of a Belfast show luring busloads of […]


Listen to two new tracks from LCD Soundsystem

May 5th, 2017 by

The initial release from the first new LCD Soundsystem LP since 2010’s This is Happening has emerged with little warning, ahead of a much-anticipated Saturday Night Live performance tomorrow, 6 May. Preceded by a lengthy, informative statement from James Murphy, explaining the status of the new record and touring plans, this is a knockout return […]


Forbidden Fruit reveals Bulmers 100% new Irish music stage

April 29th, 2017 by

Joining the impressive roster for this year’s edition of Forbidden Fruit Festival (June 3-5) is a stage dedicated to the wide array of talented, emerging Irish artists. Tipped to become an annual feature at the festival in the grounds of the IMMA, Kilmainham, the Bulmers Live Stage is a new platform that will play host to 19 artists over the June Bank […]



Hiva Oa – Jonny Brazil

March 9th, 2017 by

One of State’s beloved Faces of 2017, Hiva Oa effortlessly strike the perfect balance between heavy and melodic – perhaps no better represented by the emotionally challenging ‘Jonny Brazil’, which is taken from their September 2016 EP mkII (Part 1). Now, the track has a brand new video that State is delighted to premiere. Fittingly poignant, given yesterday’s […]


Band of Horses – Vicar St, Dublin

February 20th, 2017 by

The evening augurs well with the impressive Israel Nash serenading an already substantial crowd with his marque of tough but sweet country soul. Flanked by the very able Eric Swanson on pedal steel, they produce a nicely balanced sound, stepping through highlights in ‘Rexanimarum’, ‘Parlour Song’ and ‘LA Lately’. His full-bodied voice and the swelling […]