YouBloom at Bloom ’17

May 29th, 2017 by

The bank holiday weekend is nearly upon us and with it the usual number of events across the country. There’s only one where you’ll find horticulture and music crossing over, however, as the annual Bloom Festival in Dublin’s Phoenix Park once more plays host to a selection of artists who’ll be appearing at the YouBloom […]


BARE In The Woods festival cancelled

May 24th, 2017 by

Despite – or perhaps because – appearing to grow rapidly in a short space of time, the organisers of the BARE In The Woods festival have postponed the event, due to take place next month and set to feature the likes of Ham Sandwich (pictured). “It is with great regret that we wish to inform […]


The Fontaines – Liberty Belle (State exclusive)

May 22nd, 2017 by

The perfect meeting point of attitude, arrogance and musical talent, The Fontaines have been State favourites since we caught them in a dingy basement last year. The band release their new single ‘Liberty Belle’ this Friday and we’re delighted to bring you an exclusive look at the video, a clip that captures the band both […]


Listen to new music from Beauty Sleep

May 19th, 2017 by

No doubt wowing the industry hordes at the Great Escape right now, Beauty Sleep haven’t put a foot wrong so far and keep up the good work with new track ‘All In’. The single is released today, with the band set to play Castlepalooza later in the summer.


Come On Live Long – In The Still

May 19th, 2017 by

Making album can be testing for a band at the best of times, especially when it’s self-funded and released. Add in a four year gap since your well received debut and the pressure of keeping up that all important ‘momentum’ and things are getting a bit more tricky. Of course, all this would be surmountable […]


Take That – 3Arena, Dublin

May 17th, 2017 by

If Take That once thought they weren’t invincible, the events of the last few years might beg to differ. Having taken what was surely a massive gamble by returning in 2005, they launched themselves on a commercial and creative path that managed to eclipse that first run of boyband success – peaking with the success […]


Sim Simma launch new festival

May 15th, 2017 by

Having spent the past three years hosting parties across the country, Sim Simma are taking what is probably the natural step and launching their own one day festival Simma Down. Taking place in Grangecon, Co. Wicklow on July 8th and a fully family friendly event promoting music, workshops, art, food, spoken word and sustainability., the […]


The Winter Passing – Whelan’s, Dublin

May 2nd, 2017 by

Given how keen the Irish music industry is to shout about those bands from home doing great things overseas, you’d think that The Winter Passing – signed to a US label and frequent touring visitors both there and in the UK, as well receiving love from some pretty heavyweight media outlets – would be a […]


Ed Sheeran – 3Arena, Dublin

April 14th, 2017 by

If there were those who thought, or even hoped, that the wheels would come off the Ed Sheeran juggernaut following his rapid rise to stadium status will clearly have to wait a little longer. It seems that nothing – million dollar court cases, the distractions of a celebrity lifestyle, a fairly rubbish third album – […]


Touts – Sold Out

April 4th, 2017 by

“A singer that can’t sing, a mod that can’t play bass and a drummer that can’t see” is how Touts modestly describe themselves and, while they’re certainly still a bit rough around the edges, the Derry trio more than make up for it with passion and energy. New single ‘Sold Out’ is as punk as […]


Come On Live Long – Bones To Break

February 16th, 2017 by

The second Come On Live Long album has been a long time coming but the wait is nearly over, with the release of In The Still imminent. The band have just posted the first single from the record, available for free download via Bandcamp. When we say that Come On Live Long have the ability […]


Sea Sessions and Castlepalooza line-up announcements

February 15th, 2017 by

We’re only just into February but already the summer is starting to take shape for a number of the season’s key events. Sea Sessions, taking place June 23rd to 25th, has weighed in with an impressive bill so far of The Coronas, Primal Scream, Sigma, Foy Vance, All Tvvins (pictured), Badly Drawn Boy, Mr Scruff, […]


State Faces ’17 launch gig tonight

January 13th, 2017 by

By now you’ll have hopefully seen our beautiful Faces of ’17 site, capturing our twenty artists for the year ahead in a series of stunning images from State’s team of photographers. We didn’t want to miss the opportunity to celebrate the fact so once again we’re hosting the Upstair’s venue as part of Whelan’s Ones […]


Fight Like Apes – Whelan’s, Dublin

December 15th, 2016 by

2006 was a different country when it came to Irish music. Noteworthy albums came from Cathy Davey, The Frames, Adrian Crowley, Dry County, Director, Snow Patrol, Humanzi and Royseven. Turn and JJ72 split up. And Fight Like Apes were born. Ten years later and it’s become the norm for homegrown bands who step outside of […]