State’s gigs of the week, 23rd-29th December

December 23rd, 2013 by

Belfast Monday Robyn G Shiels | 8pm, Black Box | £7 | Belfast man pulls out all the stops. Sunday And So I Watch You from Afar, Axis Of | 8pm, Limelight | £14 | The globetrotting post-rockers come home. Cavan Friday, Saturday and Suday The Strypes | 7:30pm, Cavan Town Hall | €17.15 | […]

George Ezra set for Sugar Club with SOAK

December 20th, 2013 by

Bristolian singer-songwriter George Ezra has announced a European tour for the new year. Ezra will stop at Dublin’s Sugar Club (19th February) and Belfast’s My Hugh’s Basement Bar (20th February) with support from the inevitable Bridie Monds-Watson, otherwise known as SOAK. Tickets on sale from Ticketmaster now for €14.50 (Dublin) and €10.75 (Belfast).

Video: Halves at the Button Factory

December 19th, 2013 by

Halves have been on the road since July supporting their second album, Boa Howl. Now, as the look back on a successful year, the band have released two new videos from where it all began. Bold Puppy filmed the clips for ‘Hug the Blood’ and ‘Drip Pools’ at the album’s launch at the Button Factory, […]

Beyoncé sells out O2, adds fourth date

December 17th, 2013 by

Pop superstar Beyoncé will perform at the O2, Dublin on 12th March after selling out her previously announced shows on the 8th, 9th and 11th this morning. Demand has been stoked by the spontaneous release of the singer’s fifth, self-titled album over the weekend. Tickets (€74-94) go on sale tomorrow from

Prodigy set for first Cork gig in five years

December 17th, 2013 by

The Prodigy are the latest act to be confirmed for 2014’s Live at the Marquee slate. The Essex mob will be performing in Cork for the first time in five years. Tickets go on sale on this Thursday (19th December) via, costing €60.

Cork and Dublin dates for Biffy Clyro

December 17th, 2013 by

Biffy Clyro have announced their biggest Irish gigs to date. The Scottish rockers will perform Live at the Marquee, Cork and at the Irish Museum of Modern Art on 27th and 28th June. The band released their latest album, Opposites, earlier in the year. Tickets for both dates go on sale tomorrow from, priced […]

State’s gigs of the week, 16th-22nd December

December 16th, 2013 by

If you want your gig featured in Showtime, email Belfast Wednesday Calvin Harris, Tiesto | 6:30pm, Odyssey | £27-38 | Superstar DJs join forces. James Walsh | 8pm, McHugh’s | £14| Former Starsailor frontman turned acoustic troubadour. Thursday The Beat | 9pm, Limelight 2 |  £17 | Revived Ska/2 Tone group now crossing the generational divide. Cork […]

Son Lux – Lanterns

December 16th, 2013 by

Listening to ‘Enough of Our Machines’, the seventh track on the latest Son Lux album, Lanterns, is a discombobulating experience. The song defies categorisation: starting off as a threatening piano standard, progressing through skittish folktronica with an orchestral tinge, and then throwing it all out in favour of a harsh bondage of percussion and bleeps, […]

Other Voices Dingle – Sunday

December 11th, 2013 by

Last night must have been a rough one, as Dingle is empty on this Sunday afternoon. Not a soul to pass on the walk up the Main Street, but Curran’s front door does its best to stay closed when State enters. It’s a very small room but one Maud in Cahoots have packed out with […]

Other Voices Dingle – Saturday

December 10th, 2013 by

The lights are beginning to twinkle, the pubs are brimming with people and noise; there are even Christmas songs coming from the village’s PA systems – Other Voices is in full swing. It’s 4pm and a great deal of Saturday’s Music Trail has been tread before State has even arrived in Dingle, but there’s still […]

State’s gigs of the week, 10th-15th December

December 9th, 2013 by

David Gray | An Glór Theatre, Ennis, Co. Clare (10th December)/Seapoint Ballroom, Galway (11th December) | SOLD OUT White Ladder man continues this tour of Ireland’s intimate venues post-Other Voices. Josh Ritter | Vicar St, Dublin (8pm, 10th December) | €50/€30 Final date on this mammoth Irish tour of his. Hudson Taylor | Mandela Hall, […]

Tandem Felix single launch next week

December 3rd, 2013 by

Tandem Felix are set to launch their latest single next week. The lush indie outfit from Dublin will perform at Button Factory on 11th December in support of the ‘Ryan Hoguet/How Strange, the Weather’ 7″. Tickets are €5 and can be bought here. Filling out the bill are Other Creatures. The songs themselves are typically […]

Miles Kane set for the Academy

December 3rd, 2013 by

Miles Kane will descend on the Academy next April, his first Irish date since Electric Picnic. The Liverpudlian indie singer-songwriter will play the Dublin venue on 3rd April in support of his second solo LP, Don’t Forget Who You Are. Tickets are €26.40. The news comes after the announcement of Kane’s Belfast gig at the […]