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 […]

Listen to the new Hare Squead track

November 18th, 2016 by

It’s only been a couple of weeks since Hare Squead released ‘Long Way To Go’, easily their best track to date but they’re already back with a new song ‘Herside Story’. To our ears it doesn’t quite match its predecessor in terms of sheer joyous energy but the trio are certainly ramping up for a […]

Watch Overhead, The Albatross cover Hans Zimmer

November 14th, 2016 by

Heading for Vicar Street next month, Overhead, The Albatross have just released a video of them covering ‘Time’, given extra stirring points – if they were needed – by the addition of the closing speech from The Great Dictator. It’s fabulous.

Roisin El Cherif

November 14th, 2016 by

It’s taken Roisin El Cherif a while to get to the release of her debut EP, due early next year, but it’s not been time wasted. Developing a sound that’s equal parts dramatic and mainstream friendly, the Galway based singer plays a late night show at Whelan’s this Friday 18th.

Not Monsters – Sharpshooter

November 7th, 2016 by

As you’ll be aware, there’s some sort of political event happening across the Atlantic tomorrow and to mark the occasion Not Monsters have decided to reimagine the Trump vs Clinton contest as a fight to the death on Dollymount beach. It’s all a bit ugly, but then again you couldn’t pick a better soundtrack.

Fight Like Apes call it a day

November 2nd, 2016 by

One of our favourite bands of the past decade, Fight Like Apes, have announced that they are splitting up with the following statement: “Stick a fork in us, we’re done.We’ve been quiet for a while now. We’ve had a lot of thinking and talking to do. We’d be here all year if we started listing […]

We Shall Overcome 2016 show details

September 26th, 2016 by

One of 259 events taking place to offer practical support to those suffering the human costs of austerity policies, Sunday October 9th is the date for State’s contribution to We Shall Overcome 2016 with an all ages show at the Workman’s Club running from 4pm to 9pm. As with last year, we’re teaming up with […]

Kate Tempest …”language is living, tangible…”

September 23rd, 2016 by

The press day can be a tough experience – both for an artist looking to highlight their work but also for a journalist looking to find them in engaging form. When we are introduced to Kate Tempest in a central Dublin hotel she is charm personified, yet we can’t help feel a little guilty that […]

Chance The Rapper date and venue changed

August 23rd, 2016 by

The much anticipated Chance The Rapper show at the Olympia on November 11th has been the subject of some major reorganisation, now taking place over two nights at the Helix on Wednesday 23rd and Friday 25th of the month. Current ticket holders will have first choice on exchanging their tickets for either of the new […]

Canalaphonic main stage details

August 16th, 2016 by

Promising to be the biggest free showcase of new music this year – with 29 venues – the Canalaphonic festival has announced details of its 5000 capacity Making Wave stage at Leinster Cricket Club in Rathmines: Friday 23rd Sept 5pm Mutefish 6pm Jem Mitchell Band 7pm Barq 8pm The Eskies Sat 24th Sept 2pm St […]

TradFest reveals first 2017 names

August 11th, 2016 by

Even though we’re still in the midst of this year’s festival season, we already have an announcement from one of 2017’s major events. Granted TradFest – now supported by Aer Lingus – takes place in January but this is still a pleasant taster of what to expect ahead of time. The first line-up is as […]

State’s Faces of Oxjam Electric Picnic line-up

August 4th, 2016 by

For the third year running, State is delighted to be teaming up with our friends Abner Browns Barbershop, HomeBeat, RTÉ 2fm and the King Kong Club to host the Oxjam Ireland stage at the Electric Picnic. Sunday is our day this time around and we hope we’re bringing you the best bill yet, all playing […]

Chewing On Tinfoil – Charlene

August 1st, 2016 by

One of the highlights of the recent Knockanstockan festival, Dublin punks Chewing On Tinfoil get ready for the release of new EP Moving The Goalposts with a video for lead track ‘Charlene’. Those in search of visual thrills and spills will need to look elsewhere but this is one of our very favourite bands doing […]

KnockanStockan ’16

July 20th, 2016 by

This weekend sees the return of KnockanStockan, the festival that has grown from its rough and ready roots into one of the most essential dates on the Irish calendar – especially if the state of the domestic music scene is of keen interest. Suitably, given it’ll be celebrating its tenth anniversary and taking a break […]