Electric Picnic 2017

August 30th, 2017 by

As the summer draws to a close, this means one thing for Ireland’s live music industry – Electric Picnic. The biggest music festival of the summer, Electric Picnic will draw over 50,000 culture hungry punters to Stradbally for the annual end of summer hooley. The event brands itself as a ‘music and arts festival’ and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Robert Curgenven @ Cork Midsummer Festival

June 22nd, 2017 by

The Cork Midsummer Festival has been a staple of the city’s art scene for the past decade. Though primarily focused on theatre and literary events, the festival often throws up some musical surprises. This year the undoubted musical highlight of the festival looks to be the new piece by Australian sound artist and Cork resident […]

Forbidden Fruit ’17

June 1st, 2017 by

With a lineup that seems to get weightier year by year, this weekend’s 2017 edition of Forbidden Fruit has been at the forefront of State’s collective editorial brain for some time now. Boasting a healthy supply of urban, indie, and electronic acts – some homegrown, some internationally and critically renowned – the three day city festival, which […]

Vantastival ’17

May 30th, 2017 by

With the June bank holiday just under a week away, the return of Louth’s annual flagship event Vantastival is almost upon us. Now in its eighth year running, the small, van-oriented festival is sticking with the formula it introduced last year; a downsizing in capacity and duration. The event takes place over two days – […]

2017 Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

April 24th, 2017 by

The annual difficulty with the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival is pretty much the definition of a ‘First World Problem’ – how does one choose from the myriad acts on offer? 2017’s programme shows no clemency either. It’s a mix of comedy, poetry and readings, theatre, family events, music, film, and visual arts over a ten day period from 27th April to […]

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 2016

October 26th, 2016 by

Justin Kauflin (The Everyman Theatre, 8pm, Friday 28th) Having lost his sight at the age of eleven to a retinal disease, music took on new depths and meaning for this gifted young pianist. His compositions infuse the traditional trio set up with a modern twist, with heartfelt and melodic passages woven subtly into the fabric […]

HWCH ’16

October 5th, 2016 by

It’s almost time for the annual three day celebration of Irish music that is Hard Working Class Heroes and once again State has scoured the schedule to bring you our pick of the 100 acts playing across eight venues. The likes of Bitch Falcon, Rusangano Family, Wyvern Lingo, The Blizzards and Talos you’ll already know, […]

We Shall Overcome 2016 show details

September 26th, 2016 by

One of 259 events taking place to offer practical support to those suffering the human costs of austerity policies, Sunday October 9th is the date for State’s contribution to We Shall Overcome 2016 with an all ages show at the Workman’s Club running from 4pm to 9pm. As with last year, we’re teaming up with […]

Electric Picnic 2016

August 30th, 2016 by

State have been regulars at Electric Picnic since the beginning, and while we always hold out hope for the marquee acts, it’s often in far-flung corners of the festival that you’ll find the most interesting spectacles. As is usually the case too, the expansion of the site has allowed for a more jam-packed schedule of […]

State’s Faces of Oxjam Electric Picnic line-up

August 4th, 2016 by

For the third year running, State is delighted to be teaming up with our friends Abner Browns Barbershop, HomeBeat, RTÉ 2fm and the King Kong Club to host the Oxjam Ireland stage at the Electric Picnic. Sunday is our day this time around and we hope we’re bringing you the best bill yet, all playing […]

KnockanStockan ’16

July 20th, 2016 by

This weekend sees the return of KnockanStockan, the festival that has grown from its rough and ready roots into one of the most essential dates on the Irish calendar – especially if the state of the domestic music scene is of keen interest. Suitably, given it’ll be celebrating its tenth anniversary and taking a break […]