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 […]

Word Up Collective

April 7th, 2016 by

Tonight sees the launch of the Word Up Collective – a gathering of hip-hop, soul, pop, RnB and rap artists all working to a common aim. Featuring the likes of AikJ, Sam Ojo and Damola (pictured), the gig takes place at Dublin’s Bello Bar and kicks off at 7pm. We asked some of the collective […]

Joseph Panama – Overhead, The Albatross

March 15th, 2016 by

We have a lot of time for Overhead, The Albatross here at State. Their particularly intricate brand of instrumental post-rock, after all, has served them (and us) pretty well over the past few months. The six-piece Dublin outfit last year supported the incendiary God Is An Astronaut at the O2 Islington in London, tore up the Other […]

Tom Robinson

December 7th, 2015 by

This week sees the return to Ireland of Tom Robinson, with two solo acoustic shows in Dublin (Whelans, Wed 9th) and Cork (Cyprus Avenue, Thurs 10th). Back making music after a twenty year break (during which he became one of the leading lights in British radio), his new album Only The Now features the likes […]

Loop Culture

May 21st, 2015 by

Hailing from Dublin, Loop Culture have been building both an audience and sound since their formation in 2011. That process has produced the impressive debut single ‘How Does It Feel?’, which now comes with a stylish video clip. The band play the Leixlip Festival with Delorentos, Raglans and Vann Music on May 29th. We asked […]

Cian Ó Cíobháin

May 1st, 2015 by

Tonight marks the 16th anniversary of An Taobh Tuathail, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s specialist underground show and to celebrate presenter Cian Ó Cíobháin will be spinning both his and the listeners’ favourite Italo disco records of all time. Kicking off at 10pm, it’s sure to be a joyous affair for a Friday night. As part […]

Kate’s Party

April 28th, 2015 by

The run-up to next month’s Marriage Equality referendum has politicised the Irish music scene in a way that we’ve certainly never seen in our seven year existence, with artists from across the genres coming together to support the Yes campaign. Kate’s Party are no exception, organising this Thursday’s Yes Fest at the Bello Bar. We […]

September Girls

April 24th, 2015 by

There’s been an awful lot of activity in the September Girls camp of late, with a string of UK and Irish dates alongside A Place To Bury Strangers to follow their late 2014 Veneer EP. The band support the Cribs in Belfast and Dublin next month but first comes an appearance at the Yes Fest […]

Simi Crowns

April 8th, 2015 by

Fresh from yet another high profile guest slot (this time with Young Fathers), Simi Crowns launches his monthly A Tribe of Nomads gathering this Friday in the Vintage Room at the Workman’s Club. An intimate, invite only event – get your name on the guest list by emailing – it’ll be more than just […]

Dan Hegarty

March 23rd, 2015 by

One of the great heroes of Irish radio (as well as one time State columnist), Dan Hegarty is now moving into the world of books with his debut publication Buried Treasures, exploring the world of overlooked, forgotten and uncrowned classic albums. Published on Thursday, the book features an array of reviews, stories and reccommendations from […]


March 9th, 2015 by

Responsible for one of last year’s most outstanding Irish albums, GodKnows and producer mynameisjOhn have laid their duo to rest for now, bringing fellow rapper MuRli into the fold to form Rusangano Family. The trio play the Workman’s Club in Dublin on March 20th, with support from Deviant & Naive Ted. We asked the MC […]


February 24th, 2015 by

It should come as no surprise that Tucan’s five track State playlist covers many bases in a short space of time. Starting life as a guitar duo, the band expanded to achieve notoriety through acoustic covers of the likes of Daft Punk. Second album Towers, produced by God Is An Astronaut’s Torsten Kinsella, sees them […]

Vann Music

February 5th, 2015 by

Purveyors of energetic synth pop, Irish quartet Vann Music spent much of 2014 taking to stages across the country, building a substantial following in the process. With a new, Stephen Hague produced release on the way, we asked them to compile us a mini-playlist of their current listening pleasure… m83 – ‘Midnight City’ This is […]