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 […]


Colours of Ostrava 2017

August 4th, 2017 by

If we knew the world was about to end, there’d be a hell of a party, right? Nothing would matter anymore: we’d blast our music, spend time with our loved ones, and drink whatever was left in the cabinet ‘for a special occasion’. Then we’d do ‘that thing we love’ one more time, and rampage […]


Forbidden Fruit – Monday – Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin

June 9th, 2017 by

It’s a tale as old as time, presuming that revellers existed back at the dawn of civilisation. If so, did inclement weather dampen their spirits, thus providing the first arts journalists the chance to mould and shape cringe-worthy headlines? This admittedly tortured intro exists to underline the unfortunate fact that the vast majority of festivals […]


Forbidden Fruit – Sunday – Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin

June 9th, 2017 by

In terms of footfall, Forbidden Fruit 2017 immediately extends to us a bizarre dichotomy between its size and patronage. Entering the grounds of the RHK, there’s a noticeable swell in brightly-garbed, gurning youths peacocking around under rays of sunshine; far more so than the ‘too-much-of-a-good-thing’ crowd straggling outside the gates would suggest has landed here […]


Forbidden Fruit – Saturday – Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin

June 9th, 2017 by

The main thing that has been recurring in my mind since attending this year’s Forbidden Fruit is the level of pressure involved in contrast to other festivals of its scope. Though thousands of people pass through the Kilmainham site each year, it’s never hard to get a good spot for a particular artist, with no […]


Iceland Airwaves 2016

December 2nd, 2016 by

After a number of years Airwaves becomes a calling rather than a trip. As each year goes by you meet more and more returnees, people on the trail back up for that musical long weekend. Paul from Scotland and his mates, who we met in the pools last year, are back. So too is Rolling […]


Metropolis – Friday – RDS, Dublin

November 10th, 2016 by

After the initial ten minutes wandering around Mother City trying to gather one’s bearings with the maze that is the RDS, in the Main Hall White Collar Boy warms up the late afternoon audience. The duo are joined by vocalist Sean Reilly, who will feature on the Dublin duo’s forthcoming album. It’s really quite unfortunate that […]


Metropolis – Thursday – RDS, Dublin

November 9th, 2016 by

In just its second year of existence Metropolis at the RDS still holds an air of mystique for Dublin’s festival goers. Being an indoor event it also shelters revellers from the unforgiving Irish weather that so often dampens the mood of even our summer festivals. Thursday night’s proceedings are technically classed as an opening party […]


Sound of Belfast 2015 Program

October 11th, 2015 by

The program of events for the Sound of Belfast 2015 festival, which takes place from the 6th of November until the 14th, has now been revealed. With a mixture of music, film, arts and exhibitions taking place, this year’s incarnation will kick off with a performance from Bronagh Gallagher at the Oh Yeah Centre and over […]


HWCH ’15 – State’s 21 to see

September 30th, 2015 by

This year’s HWCH Festival is nearly upon us and, given that the domestic scene is in such rude health, any event that brings 100 of its acts together has got to be worth your time. A new development for 2015 means you can pay into and stay at individual shows but to be honest that’s […]


IndieCork Music Program

September 23rd, 2015 by

Having launched during Cork’s Culture Night ’15 festivities, the program for the IndieCork Music Program is looking particularly healthy. Taking place at the Crane Lane Theatre over eight nights from October 4th to 11th and programmed by IndieCork committee members Tony Langlois and Eileen Hogan, this independent music showcase “aims to be the mini South by Southwest […]


State’s Faces for Oxjam live report & photos

September 12th, 2015 by

It was quite the night. And afternoon. And evening. State’s curation of the Oxjam tent at this year’s Electric Picnic took in a mighty twelve acts – all of whom could have graced any stage at the festival. Put together in once place, though, we like to think they contributed to one of the most […]


Electric Picnic ’15 – Sunday

September 10th, 2015 by

We have an admission. Despite what we claimed in our review, our Saturday night didn’t actually end in Despacio. We found what we were looking for in the Together Disco again and then afterwards, with the most amount of people in the smallest space of Juke Joint, we saw the night down and the sun […]