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 […]

Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival reveals programme

April 21st, 2017 by

Taking place in Light House Cinema and the Generator Hostel from the 5th-7th May, Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival will blast off (sorry) on its maiden voyage (sorry, again). Featuring Irish premieres of The Winter Soldier (from Blue Valentine screenwriter, Joey Curtis), The Untamed (Winner of the Venice Film Festival Silver Lion) and Creature Designers: The Frankenstein Complex, […]

Participant shares new single ‘Next Year’

April 21st, 2017 by

Taken from his rather excellent Sampler cassette, ‘Next Year’ is the latest release from Stephen Tiernan’s Participant project – seemingly, the musical gift that keeps on giving. The follow up to ‘Your Better’, which saw a hauntingly beautiful visual accompaniment from Bob Gallagher, as well as an expansive remix by Conor O’Brien of Villagers, ‘Next Year’ finds Tiernan “exploring […]

Fiction Peaks..”The songs generally dictate the landscape of the recording”

April 21st, 2017 by

With a debut full-length in Citizen having landed today, we caught up with Joey Doyle, frontman and chief songwriter of alt-indie band Fiction Peaks. Charting their journey from solo effort to group outfit, the recording and writing process behind the new LP, and what’s on the cards for the rest of 2017, read the interview below, and have […]

Via: Barvikha – Chris Ryan

April 18th, 2017 by

Certainly ramping things up in terms of volume and presence since last we heard about his solo venture, Via: Barvikha, aka Chris Leckey, is breaking new sonic ground with his latest effort Chengdu. Formerly a member of Belfast hardcore outfit PigsAsPeople, Leckey’s step towards a more delicate harmonic balance with his output last year hasn’t diminished the urgency or jagged edge […]

Women’s Work 2017 Programme announced for Belfast

April 11th, 2017 by

Now in its second year, Women’s Work – the festival which celebrates the vibrancy of women’s contributions to the sonic arts – has revealed the details for its 2017 programme. First formed to raise the visibility of women who are generally in the minority in music – hosting a range of activities that are open […]

Belfast’s AVA Festival bolsters conference lineup

April 5th, 2017 by

AVA Festival‘s Conference portion has really taken shape. Joining the lineup for a series of workshops, panels and talks across the two days are Jeff Mills, Leftfield’s Neil Barnes, R&S Records founder Renaat Vandepapeliere, Native Instruments, Moxie, New Jackson and Resident Advisor. Four Four Magazine, as well as This Greedy Pig will also be joining the conference […]

Hit Parade – Shake of Hands (The Heart)

April 5th, 2017 by

When they reunited in 2016 to mark their 10 year anniversary, Hit Parade performed a charity gig at Dublin’s Workman’s Club, recorded a new song, and filmed an accompanying short film. Now seeing its release, State is delighted to present ‘Shake of Hands (The Heart)’, a cut of substantial 90s indie jangle that leans towards the […]


March 30th, 2017 by

Who are you and where are you from? I’m Frances and I’m from Newbury in Berkshire. Who are your favourite artists from home? Adele, Ed Sheeran, Jessie Ware. What’s it really like touring? Fun!! It’s one big holiday with your best friends. What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play? Dublin, obviously!! What’s your ideal festival line-up? […]