Iceland Airwaves 2015 – Part 2

November 26th, 2015 by

It’s back in the pool to begin the Saturday. Friday went big and we closed Kaffinbarin because it seemed the right thing to do. Well, when in Reykjavik. After our dip we treat ourselves to some world-class Icelandic hotdogs from the kiosk next door and duly bump into some Irish with the local knowledge. They bring […]

U2 – 3Arena, Dublin

November 24th, 2015 by

We’re not quite prepared for the sense of occasion that gathers in the run up to the first U2 home-city show of a tour. Normally reticent people are spilling their love for the band, clubs sneak some old Perfecto remixes onto dance floors and a palpable sense of anticipation and excitement exists around the city. […]


November 23rd, 2015 by

In advance of U2’s Dublin residency this week, State’s longest serving U2 fan Simon Roche (he wore the headband at Croke Park on 28 June 1987) has created a playlist of his favourite oft-underrated and rare U2 songs.

Iceland Airwaves 2015 – Part 1

November 23rd, 2015 by

Beginning at the end might put some perspective on the Iceland Airwaves experience. It is SO hard to get yourself on that flight home. The tractor beam of both the festival experience, and the country itself, pulls at your heartstrings and does not want to let you go. Lost nights, fresh anecdotes and new pals […]

Beach House – Vicar St, Dublin

October 28th, 2015 by

Not just one, but two new albums under the belt this tour – it’s an embarrassment of riches for the Baltimore pair, and it’s a cheery bank holiday sell-out crowd to soak it up. Always an aura of detachment about them live, you can be mesmerised and lost at a Beach House concert, so a […]

Editors – The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

October 14th, 2015 by

Who’s got two thumbs and loves being in a band? Bassist Russell Leetch is who, but more about that later. Two superb albums, and two mediocre albums, yet Editors returned recently with a full-form stormer in their new fifth album ‘In Dream’. And a dream indeed to have one of the first shows of the […]

Roskilde 2015 – Day 4 in photos, plus a roundup

July 28th, 2015 by

It’s been a number of weeks since we came back from our adventures at the Roskilde Festival and while we were at first wondering would we switch it for another festival next year, the heart-bursting joy that kept us going through four long, hot days make it an almost unmissable stop in the early summer. The lack […]

Roskilde Festival 2015 – Day 4, Saturday

July 12th, 2015 by

It’s hard to know if the human is built for four days at this level of festival-going. Day and night after day and night, Roskilde served up some seriously good music and in such an atmosphere (and the fortunate great weather) that you don’t want any day to end. All other Roskilde festivals we’ve been […]

Roskilde Festival 2015 – Day 3, Friday

July 8th, 2015 by

It’s full daylight bright when we wake at 6am but the sandman allows us to drift off again ’til a more respectable hour; one which skips us past Kronos Quartet’s midday slot. It’s now over 48 hours since we have literally seen a cloud, the dusty site clean again after its nighttime overhaul. It’s not just […]

Roskilde Festival 2015 – Day 2, Thursday

July 4th, 2015 by

We kept a lid on it the previous night so our heads are good but our legs are already feeling the effects of a walking/standing routine. Yet today is a marathon of good things. We spend the morning sitting, sipping some Danish fizzy orange and watch our friends drink their newly invented cold press iced […]

Roskilde Festival 2015 – Day 1, Wednesday

July 3rd, 2015 by

The corner of Europe’s heatwave is perfectly timed to brush off the west side of Denmark, throwing perfect blue skies over the festival site as we approach. A lucky weekend, the festival is now synonymous with good weather but you won’t beat mid-20’s and cloudless. This year, the festival has been been pulled back to […]

State’s Mixtape # 26 – Cian Ó Cíobháin’s ‘Summer on Venus’

June 24th, 2015 by

We here at State could not be happier to introduce what is now a series. Cian Ó Cíobháin, the captain of the good ship An Taobh Tuathail, celebrates 16 years of the hugely progressive radio show on Raidio na Gaeltachta this year and has produced a midsummer mixtape especially for State to rival, if not surpass, last year’s […]