Roskilde Festival 2015 – Day 2, Thursday

July 4th, 2015 by


We kept a lid on it the previous night so our heads are good but our legs are already feeling the effects of a walking/standing routine. Yet today is a marathon of good things. We spend the morning sitting, sipping some Danish fizzy orange and watch our friends drink their newly invented cold press iced […]

Roskilde Festival 2015 – Day 1, Wednesday

July 3rd, 2015 by


The corner of Europe’s heatwave is perfectly timed to brush off the west side of Denmark, throwing perfect blue skies over the festival site as we approach. A lucky weekend, the festival is now synonymous with good weather but you won’t beat mid-20’s and cloudless. This year, the festival has been been pulled back to […]

Northside Festival – Aarhus, Denmark

July 2nd, 2015 by

The Black Keys - ©Thorsten Iversen - 4

It’s Friday, the first day of State’s third year at Northside and we’re blessed with sun, no wind and 20 degrees. And, the music program isn’t bad either.  With circles around names like José Gonzales, Death Cab for Cutie, Mø, FKA Twigs, Alt-J and Grace Jones for tonight, the final piece of this puzzle is […]

Taylor Swift – 3Arena, Dublin

July 1st, 2015 by

Taylor Swift, 3Arena By Olga Kuzmenko-18

“You are watching the greatest living pop star on the planet”. Taylor Swift doesn’t actually utter those words tonight, as a second night in Dublin brings the European leg of her 1989 World Tour to a close, but you would forgive her for any feelings of satisfaction. Six years after her big night at the […]

Manu Chao — The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham

June 29th, 2015 by

Manu Chao, Kilmainham, By Leah Carroll_8

Quite where to begin with Manu Chao is a mystery. For the thousands of manic, boisterous fans in the grounds of IMMA on Saturday night you can only start and end with his music. At no point do the hardcore at the front of the crowd stop jumping and and at no point does he […]

Tony Visconti & Woody Woodmansey – The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

June 28th, 2015 by


Firstly, for the uninitiated, Tony Visconti is not a nut laden biscuit that you might take with your espresso during some down-time in Rome and Woody Woodmansey is not an alliteratively named mascot for one of Ireland’s largest chain of DIY stores.  Rather, Visconti is a producer of legendary, near mythic status. He has guided […]

The Who – 3Arena, Dublin

June 27th, 2015 by


If only every legendary act from the 60s and 70s – I’m speaking about you Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin – appeased their fans in the same way The Who are doing with their Hits 50! tour. Imagine Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason letting bygones be bygones and heading out for one last […]

Body & Soul 2015

June 26th, 2015 by

Leftfield, Body & Soul, Day 3, By Leah Carroll_18

If last year’s Body & Soul was a high watermark for Irish festivals, this year’s event surely wasn’t too far behind. Perhaps a little unfairly losing ‘points’ for intermittent showers between the scorching sun, the organisers would be doing well to do anything about it but what they do control is the setting up of […]

And So I Watch You From Afar – Mandela Hall, Belfast

June 24th, 2015 by


It’s always pleasing when a firm State favourite has found success with so much ease, and with And So I Watch You From Afar, this is most certainly the case and deservedly so.  Having embarked on an extensive and exhaustive tour that included U.S. and European appearances, the North Coast noiseniks have made their triumphant return […]

Mogwai – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

June 22nd, 2015 by

Mogwai, Olympia by Olga Kuzmenko

As his off-stage persona and interview candour suggests, Stuart Braithwaite doesn’t waste his words – indeed, tonight under the roof of the Olympia Theatre, he will barely acknowledge his band’s 20th anniversary and instead offer sincere thanks after almost every song. He is as economical with his words as Mogwai are with their time. Though […]

Beck – Kilmainham, Dublin

June 18th, 2015 by

Beck, RHK, Dublin by Leah Carroll_4

On evenings like this it’s easy to be an outdoors music lover. Warm weather, mud free and firm footings, civilized and discerning punters, queue free bars and loos, plus two stellar names of the rock music hierarchy on the bill to entertain us in Kilmainham’s colonial splendour. That brewer of Danish dishwater doesn’t do music […]

Amanda Palmer – Limelight 1, Belfast

June 17th, 2015 by


Much like public perception of Amanda Palmer herself, her return to Belfast is a mixture of sophisticated and brash from the start – the neatly lined chairs at odds with the voice from the merchandise area loudly proclaiming “if anyone has a question for Amanda we have a box here”. Questions are for later though, […]

Television — The Academy, Dublin

June 15th, 2015 by

Television, The Academy, Dublin by Leah Carroll_40

Patti Smith and Television in the space of 10 days, plus Blondie at last year’s Electric Picnic, ostensibly we’re having some kind of CBGB revival. Maybe we’re not, but we’ll take the legendary venue’s most famous acts any time they want to play here regardless. Tom Verlaine and co. are the latest of the ’70s […]

Ash – Whelans, Dublin

June 9th, 2015 by

Ash, Whelans by Kieran Frost

You can almost smell the Strongbow. Laden with a blend of teenage angst and happy recollections, for those of us currently creeping reluctantly towards middle age Ash will always hold a certain place in our lives. ‘Girl From Mars’ was the soundtrack to summers discovering cider and music, parties and chemistry. They might still be […]