François Missonnier..”It’s about the bands who play”

June 1st, 2016 by

After losing his job as a marketing executive in 2001, François Missonnier bought a car and set out on a road trip across France while he considered his next move. Now he’s responsible for creating two of the country’s biggest music festivals – Rock en Seine and Europavox. François Missonnier looks remarkably calm for a […]

Enya drawn into controversy over Lithuanian concert

December 13th, 2013 by

Grammy Award-winning singer Enya has found herself at the centre of controversy surrounding a concert billed as the ‘Enya Christmas Show’ which is scheduled to take place in Lithuania’s capital city, Vilnius, this Saturday. However, Enya, who is famously reluctant to perform before live audiences, has no connection to the event. The show is in […]

Junip – Junip

May 2nd, 2013 by

It’s three years since Junip‘s last full-length record. When the trio released Fields back in 2010, the limelight was still very much on frontman José González. At that time, he was still riding on the crest of a wave with his solo LPs, Veneer and In Our Nature, which courted both critical and commercial success, […]

Eels – Dublin

March 22nd, 2013 by

Eels live

“Where are we? Oh, we’re in Ireland!” Mark Oliver Everett appears to be experiencing the ol’ Mid-Tour Blur, where every venue in every country on the itinerary melds into one. But that’s OK, because the outpouring of bro-love between him and his bandmates tonight should see him through. In fact, there’s even a ceremony conducted […]

Europavox 2012 Preview

May 24th, 2012 by

This weekend State is heading to the French town of Clermont-Ferrand for Europavox 2012. It’s now seven years since the festival was unveiled for the first time and, while it has made some subtle changes to its format since then, it retains a pan-European theme at its core. The focus is very much centred on […]

Low Sea set to release new album

March 8th, 2012 by

Experimental dream-pop duo Low Sea will make their return in June with the release of their new album, Remote Viewing. The 11-song record will feature the track ‘Starlight’, which was co-produced by Stephen Hague – famous for his work on classics by New Order, The Petshop Boys and Siouxie And The Banshees. In the meantime, […]

First Europavox 2012 acts revealed

March 5th, 2012 by

Europavox, the French music festival and industry convention, has named the first acts set to appear at this year’s edition. The line-up so far: The Hives, Dionysos, Shaka Ponk, Amadou & Mariam, Agoria, 1995, Imany, Mirel Wagner, Django Django, Benga, Baloji, Ewert And The Two Dragons, Woodkid. More acts will be announced over the coming […]

Rammstein – Dublin

February 29th, 2012 by

There are no less than ten trucks crammed into The O2’s loading bay tonight; the German hauliers’ details emblazoned on their sides leaving little doubt as to whose cargo they’ve transported here. Around them, a swarm of meticulously turned-out crew members – complete with hard hats and hi-vis vests – are hard at work in […]

At The Drive-In are back!

January 9th, 2012 by

Post-hardcore legends At The Drive-In have announced they are to make a come-back in a simple message posted to the band’s website and Twitter account: ¡ATTENTION! To whom it may concern: AT THE DRIVE-IN will be breaking their 11 year silence THIS STATION IS …NOW…OPERATIONAL The group recorded three albums between 1993 and their disbandment […]

Sacred Animals and Owensie collaborate on ‘Cat & Mouse’

October 25th, 2011 by

Dublin-based acts Sacred Animals and Owensie have teamed up to work on a track entitled ‘Cat & Mouse’, inspired by the story of a family of Russian asylum-seekers who jumped to their deaths from a Glasgow tower block last year. The song is available to download now from Sacred Animals’ Bandcamp page. The accompanying video was directed […]

The Rapture – In The Grace Of Your Love

September 26th, 2011 by

A lot of water has passed under the bridge in the five years since The Rapture‘s last release; Matt Safer parted ways with the band, who’ve opted to continue as a three-piece, and they’ve returned to the DFA fold after their brief stint with Universal. Inevitably, the musical landscape has changed somewhat in that time, […]

RIP DJ Mehdi

September 13th, 2011 by

Following reports circulated on Twitter earlier today by his labelmates, it has now been confirmed that French electro artist DJ Mehdi has been killed in a tragic accident at his home in Paris. Mehdi had four albums to his name, the most notable possibly being Lucky Boy, and also collaborated with several well-known figures in the electro and […]

YACHT – Shangri-La

August 16th, 2011 by

It must be a daunting task for any band to piece together the follow-up to an album as excellent and as critically praised as YACHT’s See Mystery Lights. There’s definite expectation; standards to be maintained and sonic progression to be explored – listeners demand it. It’s a delicate balance and one that can tip over […]

The Riot Tapes – Dublin

August 3rd, 2011 by

Headline gigs during a band’s early days can be difficult to fathom. Friends and family inevitably infiltrate the audience so when the conclusion of a song is met with enthusiastic whoops and cheers, it’s hard to know if it’s being done out of a sense of duty or genuine delight at what’s just been witnessed. […]