State’s Faces of February show details

February 3rd, 2016 by

Following the splendid weekend that was Whelan’s Ones To Watch and our Faces of 2016 launch last month, we’re back in the Wexford Street next week for the first of our monthly shows. Two of our guests – AE Mak and Katie Laffan – were part of that list of twenty for the year ahead […]

Wyvern Lingo – Letter To Willow

January 28th, 2016 by

Wyvern Lingo’s new single has been lodged in our subconscious for a couple of weeks now, a sure fire indication that their side step into bright and breezy pop music has been a success. Now we’re humming it all over again after watching the video, a single shot excursion directed by Simon Eustace – complete […]

Dublin TradFest…State’s 5 to see

January 27th, 2016 by

Now in it’s 11th year, the Dublin TradFest has grown to become an essential feature – not only on the Irish circuit – but also with international acts. This year’s event is no different, offering a plethora of impressive acts working within the folk and roots genre. Here’s the five that have caught our imagination: […]

Isy Suttie….”I’d write serious songs and people would laugh”

January 27th, 2016 by

Trying to sum up Isy Suttie’s career in a handy nutshell is a tricky, if not impossible, task. She’s been a film, TV and stage actress, script writer, stand-up comedian and now an author following the publication of The Actual One, her new book on the perils of life in your late twenties and the […]

202s – Oh My My

January 26th, 2016 by

It’s been a long time coming (they released their debut album in 2009), but the 202s are finally back with some new music and we think it was worth the wait. Taken from a record due in the Autumn, ‘Oh My My’ is a glorious excursion in tough synth pop and we for one are […]

Hear the new Wyvern Lingo single

January 20th, 2016 by

With their biggest headline show to date just around the corner, Wyvern Lingo are streaming their new single ‘Letter To Willow’ ahead of its release on March 4th as part of a four track EP. The trio have jumped about a bit stylewise in their short career but this seems to be their most successful […]


January 20th, 2016 by

With yesterday’s news that HareSquead have signed a major deal with Columbia Records in the UK, it seems that the resurgence in homegrown hip-hop that State has been predicting for some time now is well underway. Especially when we have the likes of NeoMadics popping up. We know little about the Dublin duo apart from […]

Whelan’s Ones To Watch stage times

January 14th, 2016 by

It all kicks off in a few hours, so here’s the full list of acts playing Whelan’s over the next four nights, including our Faces of 2016 launch Upstairs tomorrow night. All Faces acts taking part are marked with [s]. Thursday 14th Whelan’s: 20:15-20:45 NAOISE ROO 21:00-21:30 NIAMH CROWTHER 21:45-22:15 HALF OF ME 22:30-23:00 THIRD […]

027 – Talking Tarantino

January 13th, 2016 by

Just two films short of his declared retirement point of ten, Quentin Tarantino still remains one of the most unique – if not loved – names in world cinema. With The Hateful Eight, yet another bloody epic, dividing opinion once more our film editor Dave Higgins was joined by pod regulars Rory Cashin and Stacy […]

August Wells – A Little Too Real

January 12th, 2016 by

The duo behind one of last year’s most beautiful moments (‘Come On In Out Of That Night’), August Wells return with a new single on January 29th. Listen to the equally lovely ‘A Little Too Real’ below and also check out their upcoming Irish dates. Thurs 28th Jan – Roisin Dubh, Galway Fri 29th Jan […]

Ange MC – I Don’t Really Know

January 12th, 2016 by

As we’ve been telling you for a while now, some of the most inventive work taking place right now is coming out of the Irish hip-hop and R&B scenes – and in particular the Dublin rap collective BackShed Inc. Following on from impressive releases from Damola and Sam Ojo comes Ange MC, with a smoother […]

David Bowie RIP

January 11th, 2016 by

Terrible news has emerged on this Monday morning, with a spokesman confirming that “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief”.

State joins with Whelan’s for Ones To Watch

January 8th, 2016 by

Next week is going to be a good one for anyone interested in new music from these shores, with the publication of our annual Faces digital magazine and mixtape – featuring the twenty acts that we believe will make an impact in the year ahead…and beyond. For 2016, however, we’ve something special planned – a […]

Abner Browns launch women in music series

January 8th, 2016 by

One of Dublin’s most unusual and unsung music venues, Abner Browns Barbershop are to host a celebration of female musicians working on the Irish scene at the moment. As well as live performances, the gigs will feature the likes of Cait O Riordan, TXFMs Claire Beck and promoter/manager Una Molloy talking of their experiences and […]