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, […]


State’s Tracks of 2016

December 24th, 2016 by

Having listed our top films, albums and gigs of 2016, it’s time for the Christmas Party Playlist – State’s Tracks of 2016. We’ve had amazing new music from homegrown artists, absolute bangers from breakout acts, and a heap of emotive new offerings from long time favourites. All that’s really left to do now is just press play, […]


State’s Gigs of 2016

December 23rd, 2016 by

Between festival main stages and dark, sweaty back rooms, it’s been a fairly lucrative year for the Irish gig goer. Homegrown acts have been propelled to lofty new live heights, while our shores were graced by many longtime favourites and international breakout acts. Luckily, State’s team of writers and photographers are an exceptionally talented bunch and were […]


State’s Albums of 2016

December 18th, 2016 by

What makes an album special and exceptional? There are a few things that immediately set some records apart from the rest. Songwriting, feeling, originality, synergy between the songs. It has been said repeatedly that 2016 was an astounding twelve months for music across the genres. We saw the return of artists and bands who have excited […]


State’s Films of 2016

December 16th, 2016 by

Talk to anyone in casual conversation and the consensus was that 2016 was a pretty dud year for film. While music flourished with the return of Frank Ocean and farewells from David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, cinema at times failed to excite, buoyed by the bloated excess of increasingly grim franchises, tie-ins and spin-offs. But outside […]


State’s Albums of 2016….so far

July 1st, 2016 by

It’s the beginning of July and so the first six months of 2016 are done and dusted. If you wanted an idea of the varied nature of what the State writing team have been listening too, the poll of their favourite albums of the year to date is as wide ranging and eclectic as ever. […]


State’s Year in Review

December 31st, 2015 by

For our final push into the new year, we tasked ourselves to have a think about what it was that summed up 2015. Whether it was a memorable gig, a festival, an album, or a moment in time that has been committed to memory (and now to the digital ephemera), the broad spectrum of heartfelt musings and […]


State’s Best Bits of 2015

December 29th, 2015 by

It’s always a pleasure looking back over the year as we begin to prepare for the new one ahead of us. We’ve had the albums, gigs and tracks of 2015, as voted by our community of amazing contributors, but State wouldn’t be what it is without that community, and it’s arguably this list of the finest […]


State’s Gigs of 2015

December 18th, 2015 by

As we approach the culmination of another year here at State Towers, we’ve had plenty to reflect on. There’s still the ‘Year In Review’ to come, but that by no means detracts from the significance of a year well spent surfing sonic waves in venues, fields and sweat-drenched halls across the globe; taking in some of our […]


State’s Albums of 2015

December 17th, 2015 by

Following our writers’ film and track selections earlier this week, we move onto the State team’s favourite albums of 2015. It’s the perfect snapshot of the year gone by, from the immense return of Godspeed You! Black Emperor to the clearest winner we’ve ever had. All musical life is here so read on and see […]


State’s Tracks of 2015

December 16th, 2015 by

We’ve listened to a lot of music at State over the past twelve months – from debuts and demos to singles, albums and some of the biggest names on the world stage. Thankfully it’s something we never grow tired of, as demonstrated by our annual playlist of the fifty tracks that have made the State […]