Brand New set for Olympia show in November

August 17th, 2017 by

Currently working their way through a new LP (yay), Brand New have announced that they’ll play Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on Thursday the 16th of November (yay). The NY band’s grasp of the darker elements of pop-punk, and eventual leanings toward emo, have seen them become something of a cult-favourite, and with a considerably quiet period […]


Arvo Party – Arvo Party

August 16th, 2017 by

The debut full-length from Belfast ambient/electronica artist Herb Magee as Arvo Party is leaps and bounds ahead of some of the musician’s previous work under the moniker, as well as earlier forays into guitar-based music as bassist for alt-rock outfit LaFaro. Challenging convention and bucking current Northern Irish dancefloor orientated trends, Magee’s Arvo Party stretches compositions into […]


Listen: Rory Nellis – ‘Gas & Air’

August 15th, 2017 by

The Belfast singer-songwriter who increasingly needs little introduction here on State.ie, Rory Nellis has released a strikingly poignant and beautifully arranged new track in the form of ‘Gas & Air’. The follow up to ‘All I Ever Wanted Was A Chance’, and taken from his forthcoming LP There Are Enough Songs In The World (due […]


Jerry Fish’s Electric Sideshow reveals Electric Picnic ’17 lineup and festivities

August 13th, 2017 by

An ever popular addition to the main Electric Picnic festivities, and now in its fifth (!) year, Jerry Fish’s “majestic, magnificent and at moments chilling” Electric Sideshow is returning to Stradbally for more madness. Of course, music is the core focus, but joining acts such as Kormac, The Strypes, Bantum, R.S.A.G., Waldorf & Cannon, Columbia Mills, […]


Help Musicians launch new Northern Ireland funding initiative

August 3rd, 2017 by

Help Musicians, the leading independent UK music charity, has increased its investment in Northern Irish musicians’ careers as the charity launches its new Help Musicians Develop funding scheme. The Fusion Fund, commencing in NI, and the UK-wide Transmission Fund will offer NI-based musicians the opportunity to gain funding and assistance in career development, cross disciplinary, collaborative, and research and development projects. The funds will see a £270,000 investment […]


Watch: This Ain’t No Disco Episode III

August 1st, 2017 by

A constantly surprising and enriching audio-visual experience, This Ain’t No Disco from messrs Donal Dineen and Myles O’Reilly once more ups the ante in terms of quality and style. Following on from episodes featuring the likes of Villagers’ Conor O’Brien, as well as Nico Muhly, Katie Kim, and Sunken Foal, Episode III brings together  Rusangano […]


Warriors of the Dystotheque

July 14th, 2017 by

Warriors of The Dystotheque is the brain child of Jonny Mac, an Irish DJ & Producer, who this last 15 years has regularly DJ’d across the globe alongside the likes of Phil Hartnoll, The Prodigy’s Leeroy, Shaun Ryder & Bez from The Happy Mondays, and many more. WotD are composed of DJ / Producer / Engineers/ Musicians Jonny […]


Gnarkats – Something to Say

July 8th, 2017 by

Belfast quartet Gnarkats are something of a beacon of hope amongst an increasingly over-saturated wave of new alt-rock outfits. Having been around the block for the past few years, the outfit bring to minds the likes of Pavement, whilst remaining staunch purveyors of their own brand of fuzz-soaked noise. Listen to new offering ‘Something to Say’, below, […]


Floating Ballroom

July 3rd, 2017 by

Joe Geaney, aka Tipperary’s Floating Ballroom, is a name you’ll likely be hearing much of in the coming months. With a sound rooted firmly in the atmospherics of Cologne-style ambient electronica, but bearing the hallmarks of the Detroit / Berlin futuristic motorik style, this emerging Irish producer may only be beginning to pick up pace, […]



Win a pair of passes to Castlepalooza 2017

June 26th, 2017 by

With a lineup boasting the likes of Le Galaxie, Wild Beasts, David Kitt, Shit Robot, Bitch Falcon, I Have A Tribe, Daithi, Le Boom, Aik J, and many more homegrown talents, Castlepalooza 2017 should make for a grand one. Taking place 4-6 August in the grounds of Charleville Castle, Tullamore, State has a pair of […]


Ghostpoet to headline the Button Factory in October

June 26th, 2017 by

With the news of new album Dark Days + Canapés due for release on the 18th of August via Play It Again Sam, London’s experimental spoken word king Ghostpoet (Obaro Ejimiwe) has announced a headline show for the Button Factory on the 24th of October. Of the new LP, Obaro says; “there’s a sort of […]


Win a pair of tickets to St Vincent in the Olympia

June 21st, 2017 by

St Vincent, aka the eminently talented Annie Clark, has announced a Dublin show for the Olympia Theatre on October 20th, as part of her wider Fear The Future tour which is set to take in dates across the UK, Europe, and the US. While global fan pre-sale begins on June 27th and general on-sale for the […]


Nils Frahm set for Irish shows

June 21st, 2017 by

Berlin-based pianist and composer Nils Frahm has announced two upcoming Irish shows. The influential electronica and contemporary music maestro will play Dublin’s NCH on the 26th of February 2018, and Belfast’s Mandela Hall on the 27th. Having taken something of a hiatus in this year, Frahm’s return to the live stage promises to feature new material, […]