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 […]


BD Festival, Wicklow

April 20th, 2017 by

Barn Dance festival was dirty. And not the preemptive kind of dirty you expect at most festivals that force you to harness your inner ‘cuclhie’ and shamelessly wear a pair of bright, ornate welly boots. Nor is it even the kind of contained dirty wherein you calmly make peace with the fact that every item […]


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 […]