State’s Faces of March – The Mercantile, Dublin

March 13th, 2014 by

It’s the time of year when we start describing 11 degrees as ‘balmy’ and with spring returning our Faces monthly gigs just keep surprising us with the quality of live music in the country. Rocstrong opened the evening with a set befitting a proper showman – it had an intro, and outro, a meet-the-band moment […]

Win tickets to see DJ Koze 4hr DJ set this Saturday

March 7th, 2014 by

From 11pm this Saturday night (just perfect for continuing your night after State’s Faces of March gig in the Mercantile across the road) DJ Koze plays an epic four-hour DJ set in The Button Factory. Get yourself a pair of passes for the price of nothing via our Friday State giveaway. To be in with […]

Moonface – Dublin

February 11th, 2014 by

With all those January blues floating about Young Hearts Run Free have still brought a seizable helping of people to St Werberg’s church in Dublin, a little used but beautifully intimate space. Canada’s Spencer Krug aka Moonface is back just three weeks after his New Years gig here for Young Hearts but the crowd is swelling and […]

City and Colour

February 2nd, 2014 by

City and Colour, Olympia Theatre, Dublin photographed for State by Mark McGuinness.

Aoife McArdle

January 10th, 2014 by

A kid sets off on a skateboard in the early morning from an anonymous American suburban home. He rolls through the beautiful scorched wastelands, leafy estates and snowy ranges, crossing endless States in his one eight-minute day. You can feel the weather and practically smell an acrid burning tyre as he passes through this heartland […]


December 9th, 2013 by

In November one of world’s best documentary film festivals emerges in Copenhagen, CPH:DOX. Over the last number of years it has broadened it’s reach to encompass elements beyond its own remit, tying in one-off music performances as a sort of live documenting of things, and often bringing both film and performance together. There is a […]

London Grammar – Dublin

December 8th, 2013 by

There’s not so many gigs that you discuss various facets of in the bar afterwards for a few hours. It is fitting this December, however, as London Grammar are very much a band of 2013 and all discussion relates to their emergence in the last 12 months and now finally seeing them live as the […]

Inni-K offers pop-up Christmas Concert

December 1st, 2013 by

Kildare-based Inni-K, who is in the midst of a Fund-it campaign to realise her debut album, is putting a new twist on her celebrated House Concert concerts series. She has tailored her mini-concert for the season that’s in it and is offering a bespoke Christmas themed gig for the home or office as a fascinating […]

Iceland Airwaves 2013 Roundup

November 26th, 2013 by

In this most perfectly contained pressure-cooker of a festival, the good times and big picture can almost the over from the true gold of the event which is, in the main, discovering fresh-baked artists in a live setting where the crowd are already on a 5-day-long open-minded jolly. Even with the main days done the […]

Austra / Diana – Dublin

November 24th, 2013 by

Austra have a knack of picking nifty support acts for their tours. Grimes was one before she got as big as Eircom ads and now Diana are in place, still fresh in our ears from Iceland Airwaves. The majority of the crowd are in early enough to see them and the newer, smaller Button Factory […]

Iceland Airwaves 2013 – Saturday

November 22nd, 2013 by

Where the hell did the last three days go? Where indeed did the last three hours go as it really doesn’t seem that long ago since we went to bed. One of our favourite parts of Airwaves was the Blue Lagoon hangover party on the Saturday but alas this rave in the lagoon may have […]

Iceland Airwaves 2013 – Friday

November 21st, 2013 by

Friday daytime is to be savoured. An early night had been enforced on Thursday, and we have passed on an interesting press trip to Sigur Rós’ studio to wallow in Reykjavik itself and the many off-venue events as well as seeking out a winter hat, a good coffee and a bit of record shopping. We […]

Iceland Airwaves 2013 – Wednesday and Thursday

November 18th, 2013 by

The hotel was booked 360 days ago, the flights booked 6 months ago and the slush fund slowly grown until it all matures upon touchdown, once again, for one of the best festivals anywhere – Iceland Airwaves. State’s fourth return to this lava rock sees Ireland’s involvement grow. The Young Hearts Run Free team have […]