Win tickets to Sun Kil Moon at Vicar St

May 16th, 2017 by

The inimitable Mark Kozelek and his Sun Kil Moon will descend on Vicar St to play their biggest headline Irish show on the 28th of November, as part of a wider tour. Having recently released Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood, this is no doubt an opportunity for Kozelek to take the record en […]


San Fermin

May 11th, 2017 by

Who are you and where are you from? We are the band San Fermin and we live in New York. What’s it really like touring? It’s like traveling for business without flying. A lot of sitting around – on the bus, in the green room, in coffee shops. And then at the end of the […]


Bonnie Tyler joins Punchestown Festival lineup

May 11th, 2017 by

WHAT YEAR IS IT?? It’s 2017, buddy, and the year that sees the ’80s take over Punchestown racecourse for a raft of shows under the Punchestown Festival guise. Joining the likes of Culture Club, Tom Jones, ABC, Dr Hook, Roland Gift (Fine Young Cannibals), Deacon Blue, and a fistful of others, is Bonnie Tyler. That’s […]


The National announce Irish dates & share new music

May 11th, 2017 by

Rejoice all ye fans of Ohio alt-indie rockers The National, as they’ve revealed that their new tour will kick off in Ireland this coming September. Set to release new album Sleep Well Beast on September 8th via 4AD, The National will precede a worldwide jaunt with a date at Cork’s Opera House on the 16th […]



Black Rebel Motorcycle Club announce Irish dates

May 8th, 2017 by

As reliable as the passing of time, or an annual appearance by Electric Six, garage-rock gazers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have announced a return to Ireland later this year. They’ll take in the Academy, Dublin, on October 23rd, and Belfast’s Limelight on October 24th. Set to release a new LP later this year, their back […]


Mons Olympus – Incognito

May 4th, 2017 by

Launching Vampyroteuthis, their new album, tonight at Belfast’s Empire Music Hall, Northern Irish ‘Space Neo Prog’ (really, listen to their stuff, it’s a fitting description) outfit Mons Olympus have shared a new video for ‘Incognito’. Suitably fuzzed out, the accompanying visual treatment was shot in the Burren and its B-movie feel only adds to the […]


Other Voices reveal preliminary Electric Picnic lineup

May 3rd, 2017 by

Come 1-3 September, Other Voices will set up shop once more in Electric Picnic’s woodland area with a lineup that so far includes Saint Sister, Odetta Hartman, Loah, Charlie Cunningham, Katie Laffan, Soulé, and Jafaris. Expect a colorful and vibrant series of intimate performances from these homegrown talents, and keep an eye on State for […]


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 […]


SKYMAS – BubbleDub

April 26th, 2017 by

Just seven months on from the weird and abrasive techno-punk of ‘No Easy Way Out’, Belfast duo Skymas have returned with a glitchier, more refined cut in ‘BubbleDub’ – an idiosyncratic slice of aggro-electro with an explicitly Belfastian bent. The duo, comprised of ex Alloy Mental-ist Martin Corrigan, and Nick Todd, have harnessed the axe tactics of Stephen Leacock […]


The Avalanches to play two Irish shows in June

April 26th, 2017 by

Longtime masters of the sample track, and bonafide State favourites, the Avalanches have confirmed two Irish dates for June. Having recently released a fairly masterful sophomoric effort in Wildflower – the follow-up to 2000’s Since I Left You – the Australian outfit, founded by Robbie and Tony Di Blasi, will take their latest record (and hopefully their record bag) […]


Happy Mondays to round off Bulmers Live at Leopardstown 2017

April 25th, 2017 by

Rounding off the annual series of shows at Leopardstown Racecourse, the inimitable Happy Mondays will close this year’s Bulmers Live at Leopardstown, having last played the popular concert series in 2013. Frontman Shaun Ryder has said, “I am really looking forward to the Mondays’ shows leading up to Christmas 2017. We’re performing better than ever and […]


Tori Amos confirms Irish dates

April 24th, 2017 by

Tori Amos will kick off her European tour this September with a double stop in Ireland. The esteemed singer-songwriter – who’ll release her new album new album Native Invader via Decca Records on 8th September – will take in Cork’s Opera House on the 6th of September, and Dublin’s Bord Gais Energy Theatre on the […]


Kid Karate – ‘Redbone’ (Childish Gambino)

April 21st, 2017 by

In what feels like a further leap towards a new full-length release, Kid Karate have been back in the studio recording a rendition of Childish Gambino’s sonic treasure ‘Redbone’ and it’s a bit great. Following on from the release of  ‘No Way’ in February, the trio originally recorded this cover as part of a live […]