The Answer – Solas

November 16th, 2016 by

While much maligned (perhaps unfairly so) over the years for their against-the-grain chosen path of classic, cock-rock, there’s no denying that The Answer have been reliable in producing records that, while tongue-in-cheek in their self-indulgence, have contained enough clout to keep their tight fanbase hooked. Solas, the latest effort from Cormac Neeson and crew, sees the Co. Down outfit […]


Listen to the final single from Enemies

November 16th, 2016 by

As the release date draws nearer for Valuables, the final album from melodic, polyrhythmic rockers Enemies, the band have shared the final single to be taken from it. ‘Glow’, which features Louise Gaffney of Come On Live Long on guest vocals, is a treatise on a long line of accomplished and essential offerings from the four-piece, and as the […]


Elephant receives HWCH Conor Walsh Memorial Bursary

November 16th, 2016 by

Hard Working Class Heroes have named Dundalk’s Elephant (Shane Clarke) as the winner of their Conor Walsh Memorial bursary. An alumni and friend of the festival, Walsh unexpectedly passed away in March.  At this year’s HWCH, all 100 bands participating were asked to vote for the act who most embodies Conor’s talent and bravery among their number. […]


Atlantic Sessions draws near

November 15th, 2016 by

Showcasing over 50 artists in over 30 venues throughout four days, NI’s Atlantic Sessions returns for its eighth year from the 17th – 20th of November. Cafes, restaurants, hotels, pubs, coffee shops, music venues and the Town Halls across Portrush, Portstewart and Portballintrae will be lit up with gigs from some of the finest performers across Northern […]


UPDATE: Dana Masters show rescheduled until February @ The Sugar Club

November 14th, 2016 by

Originally set to play this Thursday, 17th November at The Sugar Club, Dublin, Dana Masters has had to reschedule the show until the 9th of February 2017. Masters, a contemporary jazz and soul singer with an astonishing voice, moved from the US to Northern Ireland in 2008 and has since become a regular performer with […]


Aerosmith to play Dublin as part of Farewell Tour

November 14th, 2016 by

Just announced today, the exceptionally mighty Aerosmith will embark on the European leg of their ‘Farewell Tour’ next year, with a performance scheduled for Dublin’s 3Arena on June 14th. The legendary Boston rockers have had an illustrious career spanning more than four decades, with a massive back-catalogue of greats (and a few misses, too, mind) […]


Billy Ocean announces Irish dates for 2017

November 14th, 2016 by

Legendary soul-pop sensation Billy Ocean has announced that he’ll be performing two Irish shows as part of his upcoming tour. The singer, known for songs like ‘When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going’ and ‘Get Outta My Dreams’, will play Dublin’s Vicar Street on Friday, 12th May 2017, and Belfast’s Waterfront on Saturday, […]


Warpaint announce Vicar Street show for March

November 9th, 2016 by

Having made a triumphant outing at the NCH in August, Warpaint have announced they’ll play Dublin’s Vicar St on the 26th of March, 2017. Following on from the release of their third album, Heads Up, which was released in September, the Californian alt/indie outfit are hitting the road again, and you can catch them for the princely sum […]


Listen: Nathan Fake – ‘DEGREELESSNESS’

November 9th, 2016 by

Set for a 12″ release on the 2nd of December, ‘DEGREELESSNESS’ featuring Prurient, is the debut Ninja Tune release from British electronica veteran Nathan Fake. Taken from a forthcoming album, of which details have not yet been disclosed, the track is a frenzied, rhythmic jam, as adventurous as you’d expect from such a collaboration. Speaking […]


Damola & Max Zanga – ‘An Abundance of Lucy’

November 9th, 2016 by

Inspired by John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines, two of Ireland’s most promising hip hop artists, Damola and Max Zanga (Tebi Rex) have teamed up to create ‘An Abundance of Lucy’, billed as “an alternative vision of the trap sound currently sweeping the global music scene”. Representing the evolving eclecticism of Word Up Collective, ‘An Abundance […]


65daysofstatic set to play the Button Factory in February

November 9th, 2016 by

Having released a whopping soundtrack to a pretty banal game in No Man’s Sky back in August, 65daysofstatic are hitting the road in 2017 and have revealed they’ll be stopping by the Button Factory, Dublin, on Saturday the 4th of February. Catch the instrumental math-rockers for the princely sum of €17, here, when tickets go on sale […]


Rejjie Snow, Girl Band, Bonobo

November 8th, 2016 by

Once again, we’ve been blessed to see the State inbox chock-full of high calibre gig announcements, and rather than bombard you, our dear readers, with a series of promotional-heavy news-bites, we’ve rounded up the best of the best, all in one place, to give you all the important details. Plan with abandon, gig-goers. Girl Band – […]


Vantastival seeks applications for 2017

November 7th, 2016 by

Returning in 2017 at Beaulieu House & Garden on June 3rd and 4th, Vantastival festival are now seeking submissions from bands and artists to perform. Priding themselves on showcasing the very best of up-and-coming Irish acts, apply now for your chance to nab a slot on the line up for 2017. They’re accepting line-up applications from all acts […]


Little Green Cars – Ephemera

November 7th, 2016 by

In an exclusive first look, Little Green Cars have shared with State their latest audio-visual project in the form of a new short film called Ephemera. Narrated by Irish novelist and poet Colm Tóibín, Ephemera is a uniquely beautiful tribute to W.B. Yeats and follows on from the release of the critically acclaimed album of the same name in March. […]