Moving Hearts – The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

February 3rd, 2016 by


Growing up in ’80s Ireland was shite. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either lying, wasn’t there or is suffering from rose-tinted, selective amnesia. Mass emigration, the brain-drain, never ending dole queues for those left behind. The gubu political shenanigans of Charlie Haughey and his ilk. Home owners were crippled with double digit interest rates; […]

Foals — Gasometer City, Vienna

February 1st, 2016 by


An otherwise nondescript gasworks convert is home to Foals in freezing cold Vienna tonight. As packed to the walls as the capacity crowd are, the weather outside causes endless chapped lips and reddening of ears but the heat and intensity from Foals feels as if it could banish the cutting wind as stoically as the walls do. The […]

State’s Faces of 2016 @ Whelan’s Ones To Watch

January 19th, 2016 by


Such is the expansive nature of this year’s State Faces that our normal launch gig was just never going to be enough. Instead we’ve moved up the street from the Mercantile to Whelan’s and joined forces with their annual Ones To Watch festival, where the majority of our twenty acts will be playing over the […]

State’s Midnight Mass – live report and photos

December 24th, 2015 by

September Girls, State Midnight Mass, By Leah Carroll_23

Taking in place in our brand new home Upstairs At Whelan’s, State’s annual Midnight Mass begins as the clock struck 12, with the night and the festive season at fever pitch. Confidence is rightly high in the September Girls camp after a fantastic year and they well and truly slam it. This incarnation of the […]

Gaz Coombes – Whelan’s, Dublin

December 7th, 2015 by

Gaz Coombes, Whelans, Dublin, By Leah Carroll_4

As the front-man of one of the most underrated bands to come out of Britain in the last 30 years Gaz Coombes was always a bit different. Funny lyrics (admittedly, not all written by him – some of the best lines came from Danny Goffey), a solid pack of band-mates, fans, liggers, etc., a veritable […]

Lianne La Havas – The Olympia, Dublin

December 6th, 2015 by

Lianne La Havas, The Olympia Dublin, By Leah Carroll_8

Possessing a voice like she does, Lianne La Havas can barely put a foot wrong tonight as she picks her way through two albums worth of soulful and rarely anything less than electrifying material. Rallying off ‘Green & Gold’, ‘Is Your Love Big Enough’ and ‘Au Cinema’ without breaking a sweat, the only time we see beneath […]

Simple Minds – 3Arena, Dublin

December 3rd, 2015 by

Simple Minds 31 copy

It’s Sunday, it’s wet’n’windy and by the time I drag my tardy ass into the 3Arena The Stranglers are already in full flow commanding me ‘To Get a Grip on Yourself’. Three classics follow, the smacked-out bliss of their louche paean to opiates ‘Golden Brown’ gives way to the perfect guitar pop of ‘Always the Sun’ […]

Iceland Airwaves 2015 – Part 2

November 26th, 2015 by


It’s back in the pool to begin the Saturday. Friday went big and we closed Kaffinbarin because it seemed the right thing to do. Well, when in Reykjavik. After our dip we treat ourselves to some world-class Icelandic hotdogs from the kiosk next door and duly bump into some Irish with the local knowledge. They bring […]

The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock – Hangar, Dublin

November 25th, 2015 by


It’s a hard sell, a musical retelling of an event that happened 102 years ago. The centenary missed, what ever hoopla and interest that was drummed up over the Lockout in 2013 has long since dissipated, surely 1916 is now the prize. There are obvious connections between the struggles of the early union movement and […]

U2 – 3Arena, Dublin

November 24th, 2015 by

U2 by Mark Earley

We’re not quite prepared for the sense of occasion that gathers in the run up to the first U2 home-city show of a tour. Normally reticent people are spilling their love for the band, clubs sneak some old Perfecto remixes onto dance floors and a palpable sense of anticipation and excitement exists around the city. […]

All Tvvins – The Academy, Dublin

November 24th, 2015 by


Since the release of their first song two years ago, Conor Adams and Lar Kaye’s collaboration All Tvvins has attracted a lot of attention. With both of their previous band’s winding down (Kaye’s Adebisi Shank and Adams’ Cast Of Cheers) the duo experimented with an electronic, alternative sound that somehow also stayed grounded to poppy […]

The Man from Moogaga – Cobblestone, Dublin

November 23rd, 2015 by

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It’s a cold hoor of a night in the Capital as I navigate past the post-hurricane Barney flotsam and debris blowing around Smithfield; brushing past the late evening commuters, the early Friday night revellers, the homeless and the hopeless as I make for the warm maternal embrace of the Cobblestone to catch Aindrias de Staic’s […]

Iceland Airwaves 2015 – Part 1

November 23rd, 2015 by


Beginning at the end might put some perspective on the Iceland Airwaves experience. It is SO hard to get yourself on that flight home. The tractor beam of both the festival experience, and the country itself, pulls at your heartstrings and does not want to let you go. Lost nights, fresh anecdotes and new pals […]

Paul Weller — The Olympia, Dublin

November 20th, 2015 by

Paul Weller live at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on 13 March 2015 presenting the new album Saturn Patterns - Taken form the artist's website

With a back catalogue stretching back as far as the 70’s you can always depend on Paul Weller to be innovative with his set. Sharply dressed as ever, his grey hair held back behind his ears, looking trim and tanned and seemingly unable to smile, tonight we get a thorough cross-section of his career but […]