State’s Faces of April – The Mercantile, Dublin

April 12th, 2015 by

Third Smoke, Mercantile, Dublin by Leah Carroll_14’s Faces of April was another brief snapshot of the wealth of emerging talent this country has; namely punk, garage, hardcore and whatever genius binds Third Smoke. The Dundalk band (pictured) are deservedly on the rise and their combination of Fleet Foxes-esque harmonies, Beatles-inspired melodies and deft playing is enough to ensure smooth ride. Watch […]

Catfish and the Bottlemen — The Academy, Dublin

April 9th, 2015 by


Bear witness, the future of guitar music is here. Or so Steve Lamacq would have you believe. This is Catfish and the Bottlemen and based on tonight’s performance he’s as close to the mark as he has ever been. The Welsh four-piece arrive on stage amid a thunderstorm of strobe lights, dry ice, drama, theatrical […]

Ghostpoet — The Button Factory, Dublin

April 7th, 2015 by

Ghostpoet by Mark Earley for State

Despite the downtrodden nature of many of his tracks, Ghostpoet had no problem entertaining the Button Factory with vigour and enthusiasm while opening his current tour in Dublin. His past experiences of touring have paid off and gifted him with an obvious prowess for performing and for a set that runs well over 75 minutes, […]

Nicki Minaj — 3Arena, Dublin

April 7th, 2015 by


Nicki Minaj, having apparently abandoned all traces of garishness by way of discarding the pink wigs, is in rare form tonight. She slowly glides across the dry-iced floor of the stage looking elegant, almost regal in her black lace veil, as she surveys the crowd before her. Not a smile to be seen, like a […]

Young Fathers — The Academy, Dublin

March 31st, 2015 by

Young Fathers, The Academy, Dublin by Kieran Frost

One would think that the arrival of one of the most exciting alternative hip-hop acts to emerge in recent years would have created quite a stir in Dublin, yet a strangely subdued atmosphere awaits Mercury Award winners Young Fathers on their much heralded visit to the Academy. Given the band’s reputation, not to mention the […]

All Tvvins — Whelans, Dublin

March 31st, 2015 by

All Tvvins perform at Whelan's by Kieran Frost

Transatlantic flights, guzzling and gulping in London and now a headline show in Whelans, all in a matter of days. They may be hyped, handsome and so hot right now, but you none-the-less feel for All Tvvins and the momentum their juggernaut is starting to accumulate with only a sole single release to their name. […]

Sleater-Kinney – Vicar St, Dublin

March 27th, 2015 by

Sleater Kinney, Vicar St, Dublin by Shannon McClean

Despite what recent events might have you believe, it’s doubtful whether the world spent the years between 2007 and 2013 discussing the merits of Call The Doctor as opposed to The Hot Rock or One Beat. Yet the news that Sleater-Kinney were to restart their career (they never actually split up) created such a buzz […]

Rusangano Family – Workman’s Club, Dublin

March 24th, 2015 by


Last time State talked to Rusangano Family, they described their gigs in three words – ruckus, energy and family. This description proves to be incredibly apt as they put on a display that makes a claim for them having one of the best live shows in Ireland at the moment. Every aspect of the set […]

Fight Like Apes / Bitch Falcon – Sugar Club, Dublin

March 18th, 2015 by


You have to admire their dedication. In eight hours time, Fight Like Apes will be boarding a plane to Texas to make their first visit to SxSW in eight years. There’ll be a lot of that in 2015, making up for lost time. Instead of spending the night packing, however, the band are getting back […]

Glass Animals — The Academy, Dublin

March 16th, 2015 by

Glass Animals at The Academy by Kieran Frost

Oxford natives Glass Animals are slightly overwhelmed by the adoration shown to them by the Academy crowd tonight. Having only played in Ireland once before, they seem genuinely thrilled by the heaving, undulating sea of faces that stands before them; faces taking photographs of the band, of themselves, of themselves looking at the band, of […]

Royal Blood – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

March 10th, 2015 by

Royal Blood, Olympia, Dublin by Olga Kuzmenko

While most of us probably take it for granted, you have to admit that the Olympia Theatre is an impressive building. It’s probably quite intimidating for a band too, especially if you’re not used to playing places of such stature. Royal Blood don’t say an awful lot tonight, but do remark that it’s a “privilege […]

Ryan Adams – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

March 10th, 2015 by

Ryan Adams by Frosty

Ryan Adams is in good form tonight, perhaps too good a form.  During the first of two sold-out nights at Dublin’s Olympia, he spends an immoderate amount of time chatting to the audience.  Early in the set there’s the old de rigueur, “Dublin, you are amazing. I wish I could play here every damn night!” […]

State Faces of March – The Mercantile, Dublin

March 9th, 2015 by

Old Hannah at State Faces March by Kieran Frost

Over the years of State Faces – both on these pages and on stage – one of the aspects that we’re most proud of has been the range of musical styles that we have highlighted, proof of wide breadth of talent working in Ireland today. Tonight is no exception, with the three acts from our […]

Clean Bandit – Academy, Dublin

March 9th, 2015 by

Clean Bandit The Academy Dublin by Leah Carroll BD3A777b_2000

Apparently when they were starting out, many record labels refused to sign Clean Bandit because they were convinced that it was some kind of joke. Now, almost three years after the release of their first single, after being graced with a Grammy Award and a slew of chart-topping songs, people are taking Clean Bandit very […]