State Faces of Oxjam – Live Report and Video

September 8th, 2016 by


If only everyday at this year’s Electric Picnic had been like Sunday. As before, we had carefully considered which acts to invite to join us in the Oxjam tent and – as ever – none of them let us down. With the tent once again in a prime spot between Body & Soul and the […]

Come All Ye’ Faithful

September 7th, 2016 by

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“and now the end is near…” It’s our last week here at Sin E’s open-mic Monday. In six weeks we’ve seen it all, bands so young their mother sits in the front row waiting to take them home, a husband and wife combo, beatboxers, comedians, a Chilean garage band, drunks in dribs and drabs and […]

LCD Soundsystem, SFA, Bat For Lashes & More

September 2nd, 2016 by


“Going to Picnic?” There are a few things that really irritate me beyond believe. One of the annoyances at the top of my list is being asked in March whether or not I plan to polish off my wellies (that I don’t own) and head down to Electric Picnic. Shockingly, I’ve never been to the […]


August 31st, 2016 by


They’ve been behind some of the most idiosyncratic, and yet rewarding, music for over two decades, and Plaid don’t seem to be slowing down. Recent LP The Digging Remedy saw the duo of Andy Turner and Ed Handley looking back to some of their earlier work, while pairing up with multimedia artist Cabbibo propelled it feverishly into future territory. […]

Amidships – Let’s Get Lost

August 31st, 2016 by


Set to play as part of State’s Sunday takeover of the Oxjam stage at Electric Picnic, Amidships have shared this exclusive first listen of ‘Let’s Get Lost’. A rambunctious introduction to the Dublin/Belfast alt-rockers if you’re thus far unfamiliar, ‘Let’s Get Lost’ is explicit in extending its gruff guitars and puncturing rhythm section to the listener. Moving […]

Ailbhe Reddy

August 30th, 2016 by


Ahead of a performance at Electric Picnic’s Body & Soul stage this Saturday, State caught up with fast-rising singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy to discuss the musical ground she’s treading, how she goes about tying together her idiosyncratic style in the studio, and debut EP Hollowed Out Sea – which you can listen to below. Hollowed Out Sea was your […]

Electric Picnic 2016

August 30th, 2016 by


State have been regulars at Electric Picnic since the beginning, and while we always hold out hope for the marquee acts, it’s often in far-flung corners of the festival that you’ll find the most interesting spectacles. As is usually the case too, the expansion of the site has allowed for a more jam-packed schedule of […]

State Faces of Oxjam Preview

August 29th, 2016 by

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Of all the stages at this weekend’s Electric Picnic, it’s not false modesty to say that the one we’re most looking forward to is Oxjam – especially our turn programming the acts on Sunday. We’ve a tough act to follow in Abner Browns (Friday) and Homebeat (Saturday), but we like to think our line-up of […]

The Avalanches, DJ Shadow, Angel Olsen & more

August 28th, 2016 by


Growing up, I used to get really excited about a few certain annual occurrences. Naturally, my birthday was the one thing I enjoyed and anticipated more than anything but because that falls in February I would be left with a void and excruciating wait to Christmas. However, once I had blown out my candles the […]

Come All Ye’ Faithful

August 26th, 2016 by

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It’s our penultimate week here in Sin E and for once it’s a wee bit quiet. The feature act has cancelled at late notice and a couple of the regulars are absent. Tumbleweed-phobia is setting in; rumours of a mysterious Englishman with some sort of guitar/harp hybrid promote intrigue if not comfort. The show rolls […]

White Denim’s James Petralli

August 25th, 2016 by

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As the main man in Texan fusion rockers White Denim, James Petralli carries quite a lot of pressure on his denim-clad shoulders. Main songwriter, front man and generally the stitching on the garment, Petralli’s naturally affable nature shines through; even in the face of ostensibly relentless obstacles. It very clearly hasn’t always been easy, nor […]

New Portals – Cage

August 23rd, 2016 by

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Following on from ‘Stay Here Tonight’ and ‘Groove Boy’, New Portals have shared the video for their latest single ‘Cage’ and it’s a doozy. Featuring a “lonely” (creepy) man soliciting a woman walking the streets, they drive through empty roads before parking up and seemingly getting down to business in a deserted area. The horror. BUT WAIT, are..are..they dancing? Whatever they’re […]

Beauty Sleep – Living Right

August 22nd, 2016 by

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Belfast’s Beauty Sleep have been steadily building an impressive repertoire and fan-base over the past year, and given the quality of latest single ‘Living Right’, it’s easy to see why. Hazy, saturated in chorus and good vibes, ‘Living Right’ marks something of a departure in atmosphere from the trio’s most recent offerings, but doesn’t falter […]

Frank Ocean, Lisa Hannigan, Will Butler & More

August 21st, 2016 by


Frank Ocean generated a lot of headlines and conversation surrounding the details of the inevitable release of his second album. The release date was pushed back at least fifteen times, he announced a date for fans to expect Boys Don’t Cry, which was then renamed Blonde, and nothing arrived. Fans were devastated and furious with […]