Heathers – Call Home

June 30th, 2016 by

Having made a giant leap from DIY debut album Here, Not Here to the majestic Kingdom, we were probably expect Heathers’ forthcoming third album to mark another step. New single ‘Call Home’ certainly suggests as much, marrying a very polished sound to the standard of songwriting that has been there from the start.


June 30th, 2016 by

The name Divan may be a new one to us here at State but there are familiar faces in the photo above. A new incarnation of the Ambience Affair, debut single ‘Sale Of Lakes’ proves that the name change hasn’t had an effect on their musical ambition, indeed breathing new life into their sound. Album […]

State Faces of July – Slow Riot & Sam Ojo

June 30th, 2016 by

Following a short early summer break, the State Faces shows return next Friday 8th July with a real humdinger featuring one of our tips for 2016 and name who we’ll surely be hearing a lot more next year. Limerick trio Slow Riot were one of our Faces of 2016 and have continued to impress with […]

Full Knockanstockan bill announced

June 30th, 2016 by

With its tenth anniversary event just around the corner on July 22nd – 24th, the full list of 150 acts playing this year’s Knockanstockan Festival (including Farah Elle, pictured) has been announced. Get your tickets here. Ciaran Lavery | Overhead, The Albatross | Æ MAK | Sample Answer | Feather | TooFools | Mixtapes From […]

Super Silly – No Pressure

June 28th, 2016 by

The subject of much anticipation, the debut track from Super Silly is finally with us and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Having plied their trade with the likes of Hare Squead, Stay Gold, Farah Elle, Soulé and more there’s a huge amount of experience amongst the four members – something that clearly comes across on the […]

Body & Soul stage times

June 13th, 2016 by

We’ll be picking our acts to watch later in the week, but today you can start making your own plans with the release of the full stage times for this weekend’s Body & Soul Festival: Friday Body&Soul Stage 00.30-1.30 Girl Band 23.45-00.00 Solstice Celebration 22.30-23.45 The Gloaming 20.45-21.45 BadBadNotGood 19.00-19.45 Basciville Midnight Circus 0.00-02.00 Optimo […]

Warpaint and Roots Manuva for Dublin’s NCH

June 3rd, 2016 by

In what has to go down as a bit of a coup, the National Concert Hall is to host Warpaint’s only Irish show this year when the band play on 23rd August. Also keeping it classy will be Roots Manuva, who visits the capital on 10th August. Get tickets for both shows here.

Watch Sam Ojo’s amazing freestyle session

June 2nd, 2016 by

Tipped by those in the know as a sure fire future major player, Sam Ojo has cemented his status with a new freestyle video for Tír na nÓg Media. Recorded live in Temple Bar, it showcases a talent that is already at a staggering level. See him play on June 11th at the next Word […]

Honey Beard

June 2nd, 2016 by

The similarities between the Irish and Canadian music scenes have often been pointed out. Electronic duo Honey Beard represent that special relationship, based in Toronto and made up of a representative from each nation. The band play their debut Irish shows this week, headlining a late show Upstairs in Whelans tonight (Thursday) and supporting Ham […]

KnockanStockan, KFest and Townlands Carnival line-up news

May 27th, 2016 by

The sun is shining and the festival season is about to kick off in earnest and three of our favourite events are bringing us some exciting news on the line-up front. KFest in Killorglin, Co Kerry takes place next weekend and features a number of shows, all on a pay what you want basis – […]

Kojey Radical

May 27th, 2016 by

There we were, just coasting to the weekend when something arrived that truly stopped us in our tracks. A spoken word emcee from London, Kojey Radical’s ‘Footsteps’ is an astonishing combination of music, visuals, dance and conscious lyrics – “you think I give a fuck about a genre? I’m still trying to send my parents […]

Watch: Not Monsters – On Tilt

May 26th, 2016 by

We brought new an exclusive on ‘On Tilt’, the debut single from Not Monsters a while back and now the track has been complimented by a wonderfully inventive video from director Penny-Merelle Gray. See them launch it at the Grand Social on Saturday.

Young Phantom – In The Moment

May 23rd, 2016 by

One of our Faces of 2016, Cork’s Young Phantom has continued to establish himself as one of the domestic hip-hop scene’s most exciting names. A fan of dropping surprise mixtapes, his latest four tracker features collaborations with a number of fellow Leesiders and is unmissable stuff.

Simi Crowns – Ones To Watch

May 19th, 2016 by

It feels like a while since we’ve heard from Simi Crowns but in reality the rapper has been splitting his time between hosting his own Nomads night in Dublin and wondering the globe. Those two experiences come together in his latest video, a harder track than 2014’s ‘Pressure’ single and one that reflects an artist […]