DJ Format & Abdominal

October 16th, 2017 by

Who are you and where are you from? DJF: DJ Format from Brighton, England. ABS: Abdominal from Toronto, Canada. Who are your favourite artists from home? DJF: Err…Craig David? I’m originally from Southampton so I still think of that as home…and there aren’t too many musicians/artists of note from my town so I always feel […]


Black Bones

October 12th, 2017 by

There is always so much debate when it comes to the past and the present. No matter what the art form, a nostalgic battle between the two remains ever present. Time is littered with comments such as, “aye, but it’s not as good as the original.” A concept exists within the urban landscape of Belfast […]


The State Film Forecast: October 2017

October 7th, 2017 by

It’s October! Daylight savings time kicks in at the end of the month, making the days shorter and the shadows much, much longer. Whether the change in seasons means you need an outlet to scream out your end-of-summer grief, or you’re now at the stage where you’re accepting the seasonal change by seeking heat, comfort […]


Lisa O’Neill

October 6th, 2017 by

A stalwart of the contemporary Irish singer-songwriter scene, Lisa O’Neill has wielded taut emotion, deft lyricism, and a methodical grasp of melody throughout her career. Latest album Pothole in the Sky affirms this with ease, and ahead of a show in Whelan’s tomorrow evening, we caught up with the Cavan native for a quick Q&A. I’ve seen few artists […]


Amber Run

October 5th, 2017 by

Who are you and where are you from? We are Amber Run (Joe, Will, Tom and Henry), and we are formed in Nottingham, but we’re from around London. Who are your favourite artists from home? There are some really exciting new bands that we’re all huge fans of – Flyte, Island, Seafret, FOURS. The list […]


patten..”It’s full 360. It’s everything we do”

October 4th, 2017 by

The threat of pigeonholing was after patten from the start – an idiosyncratic approach to club-primed sounds, cultivated by the same iconic label that gave the world Aphex Twin, Autechre and Boards of Canada, a fascination with arcane symbols, a refusal to never reveal too much of their personal lives beyond what’s absolutely necessary – […]


Five Gigs to See in October

October 3rd, 2017 by

This October is packed with great gigs to catch in the capital this month, so once again feast your eyes and ears on this wonderful selection of artists hitting the country’s best venues in the coming weeks for your aural pleasure. Grizzly Bear Where & When: Vicar Street, Dublin (04/10 & 05/10) Tickets: €32.00 Hot on […]




Charles Bradley: Thank You for Helping Us Through the Storm.

September 24th, 2017 by

Charles Bradley’s passing was announced through his social media on Saturday. The sixty-eight year old singer, fondly known to his fans as “The Screaming Eagle of Soul” had achieved a remarkable legacy in his autumn years, having faced difficulties for much of his life. The 2012 documentary “Charles Bradley: Soul of America” joins Bradley at […]


Session Motts

September 19th, 2017 by

Who are you and where are you from? Keeley Moss, singer/guitarist in SESSION MOTTS, blogger/investigator at The Keeley Chronicles. As for where I’m from, it’s not where you’re from its where you’re at. Who are your favourite artists from home? Favourite Irish band of all-time: Microdisney Favourite Irish solo artist: Mumblin Deaf Ro Favourite current […]


Electric Picnic 2017 – A photo essay

September 15th, 2017 by

State is blessed with Leah Carroll on our photo team. She took to Stradbally this year to capture the Electric Picnic allowing you to visually re-live the finest moments, or FOMO yourself towards a ticket for next year. From start to finish, this was your EP2017…  


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 […]


Foghorn Stringband..”I always loved Irish traditional music”

September 13th, 2017 by

The bar was bustling in Raheen House Hotel after Foghorn Stringband had finished playing. They were rubbing shoulders with people who had been singing along with them half an hour earlier. Gerry Lawless who runs Clonmel World Music was explaining why, after travelling the length and breadth of Ireland to catch bands and attend gigs, […]