State 2008 – 2018

March 6th, 2018 by

The date is March 2008 and the launch of, soon to be followed by our print magazine, and both followed by 10 years of fun, adventure, really great people and so, SO much great music that all – in one way or another – crossed the State threshold. From the first days when Phil […]

Listen: Rebekah Fitch – ‘Broken Mind’

March 5th, 2018 by

An absorbing, short, sharp collection of songs mired in melancholy and wrought with emotion, Rebekah Fitch’s latest effort – the Broken Mind EP – marks a promising, if not dark, new beginning for the NI singer-songwriter. A four-track offering, the EP delves into serious introspection, with lyrical themes that are often muddied by the singer’s […]

State at 10 Years: The Best Films

March 4th, 2018 by

A decade later, it’s interesting to look back on 2008, something of a banner year for studios and independent filmmakers (as well as for Irish music magazines, of course), and to see the fruit borne by the seeds planted that year. In many respects, 2008 saw many notable beginnings, or breakthroughs, in popular cinema. Iron […]

State at 10 Years: The Best Albums – The Top Ten

February 28th, 2018 by

The final part of our 10th anniversary run down brings you the ten albums that, according to our writers, have defined the past decade. Welcome to the records that have soundtracked the State story so far…. 10. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (2010) “The problem with The Suburbs is that the fine songs are themselves […]

State at 10 Years: The Best Albums – Part Two

February 27th, 2018 by

The second instalment of the albums that have most impressed our writers old and new over the ten years since State was launched. Join us tomorrow for the top ten… 25. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell (2015) Grief and loss have never sounded so beautiful. 24. Jamie xx – In Colour (2015) The quietest […]

State at 10 Years: The Best Albums – Part One

February 26th, 2018 by

Ten years ago, we were in the middle of the first production schedule for a new Irish music magazine. In advance of this, we were about to hit publish on the first article on the accompanying website and see where it took us… and here we are 10 years later! The print magazine ran into […]

Mount Palomar

February 9th, 2018 by

In something of a tasty twist on our usual editorial routine, we’ve handed the reigns over to NI’s premier party-throwers, Twitch, to get contextual with Belfast analog fancier Neil Kerr. Neil, under the guise of his creatively poignant and sonically stirring Mount Palomar project, will support Or:la tomorrow night, Saturday 10th March, in the Menagerie. […]

State’s Faces of 2018

January 17th, 2018 by

It’s early on a Wednesday morning and we’re heading down memory lane, looking back over the past nine years of State’s Faces – our annual pick of what we feel are the best acts in the country at that moment in time. It began in 2009, not too shabbily if we do say so ourselves, […]

State’s Films of 2017

December 22nd, 2017 by

2017 was a better-than-average year for cinema – but, just about. It’s fair to say that, across the board, genre films exceeded expectations. The oft-eulogised romantic comedy was reinvigorated by The Big Sick; the MCU was refreshed by the new talent behind Spider-Man Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok; It managed to be both a successful horror […]

State’s Gigs of 2017

December 20th, 2017 by

It’s been a golden year for live music across Ireland, and we’ve been lucky enough to have see some heavy hitters reunited, as well as a fertile landscape of blossoming, homegrown talent. Thankfully, we’ve been well placed to attend and review the majority of those listed below, and as we approach 2018 under a slew […]

State’s Tracks of 2017

December 19th, 2017 by

By now we trust you’ve had time to digest our list of State’s Albums of 2017, lovingly compiled by our editorial team. The selection of their favourite tracks of the year inevitably acts as a companion piece but, weighing in at a mighty 100 songs, there’s much to discover here from the best singles, remixes […]

State’s Albums of 2017

December 19th, 2017 by

And so this is Christmas and what have we done this year? Well, we like to think we’ve brought you another twelve months of excellent music from across the globe – as well as taking to task those who fell short of what was required. We’ll leave those to one side for the moment, however, […]

Get festive with the new single from Wyvern Lingo

December 3rd, 2017 by

Partly written as a response to Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘I Am A Rock’, the latest single from trio Wyvern Lingo – ‘Snow II’ – is a delectable taste of what to expect from the band’s forthcoming full-length due out in early 2018. A fitting title given the time of year, ‘Snow II’ is a lilting, […]

Hannah Peel

December 2nd, 2017 by

Who are you and where are you from? Hannah Mary Peel. I was born in Craigavon and we lived near Lurgan… but somehow ended up in Barnsley, South Yorkshire for school… My family live back in Fermanagh now! I have a strange accent. Who are your favourite artists from home? SOAK / The Darkling Air […]