Weird Al Yankovic to play The Limelight Belfast

February 17th, 2015 by

As part of his ‘Mandatory’ 2015 world tour, everybody’s favourite permed prankster Weird Al will play The Limelight 1, Belfast, on October 7th.  Expect renditions of Weird Al classics like ‘Eat It’, ‘Smells Like Nirvana’ and ‘Amish Paradise’ as well as his inane covers of some of 2014’s biggest hits: Pharell’s ‘Happy’ (‘Tacky’), Lorde’s ‘Royals’ […]


SOAK announces new Irish tour dates, album details and shares a new video

February 15th, 2015 by

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Bridie Monds-Watson, AKA SOAK, is going places.  Having created massive buzz throughout Ireland and the UK so far, SOAK has released details of her new album Before We Forgot How To Dream, which drops via Rough Trade this coming May 29th.  Lead single ‘Sea Creatures’, which you can watch […]


New Musical ‘Continental Fistfight’ by the Rubberbandits to get its Irish Premiere at The Abbey

February 15th, 2015 by

Our favourite bag-wearing, prank-caller misanthropes the Rubberbandits – having recently become purveyors of the dramatic arts –  are to hold the Irish Premiere of their hugely successful musical ‘Continental Fistfight’ in The Abbey Theatre this March 26th.  A guaranteed laugh, ‘Continental Fistfight’ has already felt the love from the London critics, as well as a very warm reception […]


Listen to new music from Saycet

February 15th, 2015 by

Ahead of the release of his third LP Mirage this April 6th, Pierre Lefeuvre, AKA Saycet, has made available the title track for your listening pleasure.  Synths, chunky bass-lines and a distinct percussive nature that punches incessantly yet delicately conforms to the tone of the track, ‘Mirage’ is a sunny beauty.  Phoene Somsavath ain’t half bad on vocal duties either. […]


Bestival announces preliminary lineup

February 12th, 2015 by

The annual treat that is Bestival has released details of the first wave of acts to play the Isle of Wight-based festival.  Curated by Josie and Rob Da Bank, this year sees the festival taking on the theme of ‘The Summer of Love’ and what a lovely lineup it is so far: Live performances include […]


GO WOLF

February 10th, 2015 by

Who are you and where are you from? Hiya, we’re GO WOLF.  Scott, Chris, Steve and Hannah. All based in Belfast.  Scott is answering the questions. Who are your favorite artists from home? More Than Conquerors and Alana Henderson. What’s it really like touring? Well we haven’t toured per se, but did spend some time […]


Tucan announce new album ‘Towers’

February 9th, 2015 by

Having largely spent the last six years fiddling in the lab with their sound and expanding their lineup to include a brass and strings section, Tucan are set to drop their second album Towers this coming March 27th, on Belfast label ‘Quiet Arch’.  Produced by God Is An Astronaut cohort Torsten Kinsella, Towers should be nothing less than […]


Portico set for Hidden Agenda at Whelans

February 5th, 2015 by

The artists formerly known as Prin…no, Portico Quartet actually, but who now go by Portico (nice ring to it we think) are to play Hidden Agenda at Whelans, Dublin this coming April 20th.  Fusing jazz, electronica and world music, Portico are one of Ninja Tune’s newest and most interesting outfits and this show will see […]


More acts announced for Forbidden Fruit

February 5th, 2015 by

Following on from the initial lineup announcement last week, nine more splendid acts have been added to the Forbidden Fruit bill, which runs from the 29th of May until the 31st at Dublin’s The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.  Richie Hawtin, Jamie XX and Groove Armada, all dance music legend in their own right, will be providing the […]


Hudson Taylor announce seven more Irish dates

February 3rd, 2015 by

Due to incredible demand (and why not, eh?), Hudson Taylor have added seven more dates to their upcoming tour of Ireland and the UK.  Having seen some much deserved love from the recent release of their debut LP Singing For Strangers, the Dublin pop-folk brothers have began an extensive touring schedule to bring their sweetly melodic […]


Edward F Butler – Bank Heist

February 2nd, 2015 by

In a State exclusive, we are delighted to bring to you the brand new video by electronic-soul maestro Edward F Butler.  ‘Bank Heist’ is exquisitely soulful, intelligently produced and with a combination of old, archive footage paired with contemporary animation, the video itself is more than cinematically satisfying.  Take a look and be hypnotised by Edward F Butler’s […]


New AVA electronic music festival set for Belfast

January 31st, 2015 by

This coming May 30th will see the the very first outing for Belfast’s newest music festival.  The AVA (audio visual arts) festival will feature the very best of Belfast’s and NI’s electronic music artists, producers, visual artists and contributors coming together with Up productions for a day-long event in the Titanic Quarter’s T13 warehouse.  Bicep, Ejeca, […]


CALEXICO announce new album; share new single

January 29th, 2015 by

To mark the announcement of their new album Edge Of The Sun, which drops on the 13th of April, CALEXICO have shared the first track to be released from the forthcoming LP.  ‘Cumbia De Donde’, which features Amparo Sanchez, is totally infectious, clanging, and manages to encapsulate the classic CALEXICO sound with a newer creative intent.  Have a […]


Electric Six to play Belfast’s Limelight

January 29th, 2015 by

Detroit shock-rock outfit Electric Six will play Belfast’s The Limelight 2 this coming November 26th.  Having played the venue pretty much every year for the last five years, Electric Six seem to be developing a tenure with The Limelight.  Not that we’re complaining, you can’t go wrong with a good ol’ sing-along to ‘Gay Bar’ […]