Hozier – From Eden (live at Electric Picnic)

September 19th, 2014 by

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This week is all about one man, with the release of Hozier’s much anticipated debut album. Having brought you the premieres of both his ‘Take Me To Church’ track and subsequent video, we can’t help but feel a little proud. So when we were offered the chance to spend the day with the man at […]

Face of the Week: Anna Mitchell

September 19th, 2014 by


While the relationship between Irish and country music hasn’t always produced the most enticing of results, some artists are walking the right line. Part of Cork’s thriving acoustic and folk scene, Anna Mitchell owes more to the ghostly sounds of Patsy Cline and Cowboy Junkies than the Nashville hit machine. New EP Fall Like That […]


September 17th, 2014 by

Hozier, Electric Picnic 2014

As rising stars go, Ireland hasn’t had a solo male vocalist with the potential of Andrew Hozier Byrne in decades. In fact, as solo male vocalists go, Ireland possibly hasn’t ever had anything even approximating Andrew Hozier Byrne. The Wicklow native is on the brink of something remarkable and rather than build a career around […]

State’s New Music Mixtape #24

September 15th, 2014 by


Twenty new tracks for your Monday morning – featuring the lovely new single from little xs for eyes, punk-charged pop trio Waltzer, the fiery return of The Radio Dept, a sweet M83 remix, Matt Bolger and Richie Egan’s Dimman project, the Dublin bound Gruff Rhys and Flight Facilities, the title track from Damien Rice‘s forthcoming […]


September 14th, 2014 by


Lucius are making serious waves on both sides of the Atlantic. Described by the Guardian recently as “the missing link between Arcade Fire and Haim”, heralded as the saviours of indie-pop, and with a heavy weight of expectation adorning their slender shoulders, State.ie meets up with guitarist and vocalist Pete Lalish as he starts to […]

Electric Picnic 2014, Sunday

September 12th, 2014 by

Neneh Cherry, Electric Picnic 2014

A meaty album to give you a solid overview of all the magic corners of Electric Picnic 2014’s final day. Tents are now rolled up and wellies hosed down for another year. What a triple decker this year was. Till Stradbally same time next year, here’s Sunday’s parade of highlights photographed for State by Olga […]

Bestival 2014, Isle of Wight – in words and pictures

September 12th, 2014 by

Temples, Bestival

There seems to be a leaning towards dance music at the Desert Island Disco themed Bestival 2014. There’s plenty of bands too, but it’s interesting to see how Bestival puts on a massive, fancy-dress disco (read dance) party in a year when Ireland’s own chart and dance party doesn’t take place due to ‘a lack […]

Face of the Week: SlowPlaceLikeHome

September 10th, 2014 by

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The work of Donegal native Keith Mannion, SlowPlaceLikeHome’s journey to the release of debut album Romola has been a measured one – combining a series of EPs with live work across the country. Working from his forest base in the North West, Mannion’s phsychedelictronica natterings are as organic as they are machine based. He plays […]

Electric Picnic 2014, Saturday

September 9th, 2014 by

Hozier, Electric Picnic 2014

Friday was a few mere stretching exercises when compared with the behemoth of Saturday’s line-up. Chasing the stages for State, dragging her cameras about and all with one eye on her clashfinder was Olga Kuzmenko.

Listen to Soak’s new single

September 9th, 2014 by


Our Faces of 2013 cover star Soak has been largely absent from Ireland this year, preferring to concentrate on international and recording duties. She’s back with her second release of 2014 though in the shape of ‘B a noBody’. Continuing with the fuller sound that she used on ‘Blud’, we think it’s her strongest track […]

State’s New Music Mixtape #22

September 8th, 2014 by


Twenty more new tracks for the beginning of your week – including Hilary Woods (pictured and soon to be seen at the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival), gothic rockers These Reigning Days, live music from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, some all star hip-hop from Busdriver, Buck 65 spin-off Aqua Alta and more gorgeousness from […]

State Faces for Oxjam @ Electric Picnic 2014

September 5th, 2014 by

Simi Crowns - Oxjam @ Electric Picnic by Olga Kuzmenko

It was quite the night (and afternoon and early morning) when we took over the Oxjam stage at last weekend’s Electric Picnic. Olga Kuzmeko provides a pictorial record of four of our guests – Beach, Bitch Falcon, Hare Squead and Simi Crowns.  

Face of the Week: Rebecca Collins

September 4th, 2014 by


Familiar to many for her role in Danish band The Unusual History of Ether, Rebecca Collins has been pursuing a solo career that is soon to produce her third album Solar, released on her own Mutineer label. Moving from an acoustic guise to a louder, band orientated sound, Collins is never less than intriguing and […]