Dekmantel 2017

August 15th, 2017 by

Walking onto the wrong travelator at Schiphol and booking accommodation without realising it was in the Red Light District notwithstanding, my experience at this year’s Dekmantel festival in Amsterdam was marked by its smoothness. Short queues, barely noticeable security, an easily navigable site unburdened by sound bleeding from one stage to the next, the fifth […]



Wyvern Lingo….”we definitely don’t have the answers”

August 9th, 2017 by

The difference between art, and the ever so elusive “ART”, is the ability to orchestrate one’s composure as they traverse that fine line between creating something for the self, as well as the masses. It should, or perhaps need to, strike that balance between crafting a personal narrative that can also be directly reflected into […]


The State Film Forecast: August 2017

August 4th, 2017 by

Did you know that the ‘Dog Days’ of summer are so-called because they mark the return of the brightest star in the night sky, a Canis Majorus, colloquially called ‘Sirius’ or the ‘Dog Star’? Well, now you do. We’re well into the Dog Days now; a period commonly thought to be the hottest, sultriest time […]


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 […]


Help Musicians launch new Northern Ireland funding initiative

August 3rd, 2017 by

Help Musicians, the leading independent UK music charity, has increased its investment in Northern Irish musicians’ careers as the charity launches its new Help Musicians Develop funding scheme. The Fusion Fund, commencing in NI, and the UK-wide Transmission Fund will offer NI-based musicians the opportunity to gain funding and assistance in career development, cross disciplinary, collaborative, and research and development projects. The funds will see a £270,000 investment […]



SunflowerFest 2017

July 26th, 2017 by

One of Ireland’s finest local arts and music festivals returns to the enchanting, rural surroundings of Tubby’s Farm this weekend in the form of SunflowerFest 2017. There are few concepts in Ireland that can match the Sunflower gang for diversity. The blend of comedy, music, art, poetry and all round family fun results in a strange […]


Talos – Colliding

July 24th, 2017 by

Having impressed us greatly with their live show already this summer, Talos return to the business of promoting debut album Wild Alee with a new single from the record. ‘Colliding’ comes with a suitably epic video, directed by Brendan Canty and shot in the Burren on the west coast.



Chuck Prophet…”I choose my battles”

July 21st, 2017 by

“I think Chuck’s talent is only superseded by his taste, without that he would just be another great guitar player.” (Dan Stuart) That’s Charles William “Chuck” Prophet to you and I. The Californian singer songwriter, guitarist and producer who first grabbed the music world’s attention way back in the 80s when he joined American rock […]


WASPS – Which Way Did He Go?

July 18th, 2017 by

Already on their third release since their December debut ‘Godzilla Is Dead’, Belfast duo WASPS make it a hat trick with the short and snappy ‘Which Way Did He Go?’. Combining a sparse math rock sound with a surprisingly nimble way around a melody, it is – in the words of Neil Diamond – a […]


Dekmantel 2017

July 18th, 2017 by

Though Ireland’s selection of great, lovingly assembled festivals is nothing to sniff at, the pilgrimage to the continent to take in slightly more leftfield or uniquely regional events is an important part of considering the summer calendar for any music obsessive. For those who like their music repetitive and bleepy, the main draw has long […]


Music at Galway International Arts Festival

July 17th, 2017 by

July brings with it countless festivals and events in all corners of the country to spend your weekends discovering new music and hearing your favourite acts. It is hard to come by a festival to compete with Galway International Arts Festival in terms of programming, diversity and size however. The fortnight-long celebration of Irish and […]