Electric Picnic 2017

September 14th, 2017 by

Few festivals have the power to unite quite like Electric Picnic. While the rest of the Irish festival landscape is divided by its own particular cultural or geographical niches, EP is the one gathering where you will find representatives of every Irish archetype existing in perfect harmony. From the battle-ravaged hippies speaking with misty eyed […]


Electric Picnic 2017 Full Stage Times

August 30th, 2017 by

So here we are, once again drawing ever closer to Ireland’s most mammoth music and arts festival. Electric Picnic have pretty much knocked it out of the park in terms of lineup, as well as with their selection of non-music offerings taking place from 1-3 September in Stradbally. Read State’s preview here of our top picks […]


Tebi Rex x Elkin – She Hated Love Songs II

August 21st, 2017 by

The last in this year’s run of fine singles from our Faces of 2017 Tebi Rex, ‘She Hated Love Songs II’ is perhaps the duo’s most complete release yet, combining sweet pop melodies (courtesy of Elkin) and a hookier than hooky rap chorus. The video’s something special too, featuring Taylor Swift amongst others.


State’s Albums of 2017….so far

July 12th, 2017 by

The nights are drawing in, we’re deep into festival season and the kids are bored of being at home already – yes we’ve just passed the half way mark of the year and so it’s time to poll the State writing team as to what albums have floated their respective boats in the first six […]


Future Islands

July 10th, 2017 by

Black Box, Galway by David Molloy As one of Galway’s best venues is on track to be replaced with a larger, more upscale cultural hub by the time 2020 rolls around, the good people behind the Roisin Dubh must have sensed an opportunity to make the most of its last couple of years and get […]


Body & Soul ’17

June 30th, 2017 by

Music festivals at their core, are usually quite chaotic things when you really stop and think about it. You bring together a group of people, some young, some old and put together a line-up consisting of everything from hardcore trap rappers to seasoned DJs playing retro deep house for hours on end. Now, this isn’t […]


Arcade Fire

June 17th, 2017 by

Arcade Fire – Ormeau Park, Belfast – by Joseph Nawaz There was a rumour going around last Tuesday afternoon that a certain Ian Brown was in Belfast city centre handing out free Stone Roses tickets to anybody who’d take them. Like all the best rumours, there’s zero evidence to back this up (although King Monkey […]