CMJ Music Marathon – NYC

November 18th, 2015 by

It’s taken a while to recover from CMJ Music Marathon, which really is just that – it’s a test of stamina and patience keeping yourself going for the five days. Due to the disparate nature of the festival it started off a bit slowly, but momentum built up over the week. As with any festival […]


Electric Picnic 2014

September 3rd, 2014 by

It’s certainly bigger, but is the Electric Picnic getting better? Standing alone on the Irish festival circuit, you sense that those behind the Stradbally gathering could rest on their laurels but the 2014 edition suggested that this isn’t the case. Still very much an event of two halves (Main Stage and the various big tops […]


Longitude 2014 – Marlay Park

July 21st, 2014 by

The ostensible sister to renowned Suffolk festival Latitude, Longitude returned to Marlay Park for its second edition at the weekend last. Apart from the perpendicular naming, the two share very little in common. Latitude headliners Damon Albarn and the Black Keys avoided the south co. Dublin festival, while Longitude organisers MCD eschewed much of Latitude’s […]


Hard Working Class Heroes 2013

October 9th, 2013 by

Last weekend saw the annual celebration of homegrown musical talent that is Hard Working Class Heroes. As ever the State team where out and about, keeping an eye on new talent and some old favourites…. Affleck – Twisted Pepper, Thursday Before you ask, yes, Affleck believe their namesake will make a serviceable Batman. Now that’s […]