State Faces of September live report & photos

September 11th, 2014 by

Rebecca Collins at State Faces by Kieran Frost

Just a week after we took over the Oxjam Stage at the Electric Picnic we were back at the Mercantile for the latest in our series of Faces shows, bringing you three fine new acts for the price of none. If we had expected Rebecca Collins to arrive in her acoustic guise we were in […]

Steve Earle – Dublin

August 30th, 2014 by


In one of the most elegant venues in Dublin, the setting is modest. A small Persian rug, a plain wooden table and a blue velvet backdrop punctured with white fairy lights. It’s just Steve Earle and his guitar as he begins the set with tracks from his début album, the suitably titled Guitar Town. By […]

Queens Of The Stone Age – Belfast

August 22nd, 2014 by


Tonight, as the penultimate Belsonic event graces Belfast city, Custom House Square is hosting the inimitable Queens of the Stone Age, one of the biggest bands to have ever been involved with the annual mini-festival. Approaching the open air venue which is nestled between the city’s Cathedral and Titanic quarters, the atmosphere surrounding the square […]

Somerville – Galway

August 20th, 2014 by

Maria Somerville

Strange Brew has always been a bastion of the new, the interesting and the should-be established. Tonight is no different with three acts that all can lay claim to one, or maybe all, of those labels. As the summers dwindling light cools the streets of Galway, the punters shuffling into Roisin Dubh are safe in […]

Johnny Marr – Dublin

August 12th, 2014 by

Marr 3 state

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. There’s a rift developing in the space time continuum. Somebodies been back to the future, slept with their mother, becoming their own father in the process and thereby putting the past’s future on a course that deviates from the one that we inhabit today. Well they’re the […]

Mountain Dew Festival – Macroom

August 5th, 2014 by

Mountain Dew Festival

The summer sun beats down on the two dozen or so of us gathered by the river in the countryside outside Macroom, Co. Cork while in the tall grass musicians take turns to serenade us with only acoustic guitars and the lapping water as accompaniment. Welcome to The River Sessions, a sort of off venue […]

Soul & Funk Weekender – Cork

August 5th, 2014 by


A new event on the summer calendar, the inaugural Soul & Funk weekender sees DJs and bands curated by both the venue the Sextant Bar and Cork’s Soul Funktion crew. Friday night has Sonny Emerald, Mister Fork and Aidan Quigley on the decks with Stevie G also playing a DJ set with special guests Christiana […]

Immortal Technique – Dublin

August 1st, 2014 by


There’s an elephant in the room. Immortal Technique walks out and begins his set by explaining the title of the tour, State Terrorism, “to get it out of the way”. He explains how the worst terrorism we can encounter is the one projected on us by our own state and government. Something like this is […]

Tycho & Ulrich Schnauss – The Button Factory, Dublin

July 28th, 2014 by


It’s a Wednesday night in Dublin and, man, it sure is hot. There’s no chance of cooling down however as we delve into the sauna-like conditions of The Button Factory to catch American musician Scott Hansen aka Tycho showcasing some tracks from his latest album Awake. Support tonight comes from German electronic legend Ulrich Schnauss […]

The National – Iveagh Gardens

July 24th, 2014 by

The National, Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

There’s no real mystery to how The National can sell out the Iveagh Gardens with relative ease on two successive nights. The US band’s trajectory in this country from The Cobblestone to Whelans to the Olympia and on to the O2 and various festival slots in-between makes sense when you consider how the band’s stock-in-trade […]

Longitude 2014 – Marlay Park

July 21st, 2014 by

Ben Howard, Longitude, Marlay Park, Dublin

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 […]

Neil Young – Cork

July 21st, 2014 by


Tentative pre-show murmurs about which Neil Young is going to take to stage are quickly dampened by a savage, tenacious performance by the guitar legend, backed by an in-form Crazy Horse. Given the mixed reaction to last year’s Dublin show, it is unsurprising that there were some questions, however the prolonged standing ovation that the […]

Lana Del Rey – Cork

July 21st, 2014 by

Lana Del Rey

There are screams and then there are true girl screams. Those hair pulling, face clawing, hormone curdling cries, which are almost solely reserved for Harry Styles’ simpering moppet face appearing on a jumbo screen. These piercing arrows of delirium are offered up to the slice of tangerine tearing through the darkness, Lana Del Rey stands […]

State’s Faces of July – Mercantile, Dublin

July 17th, 2014 by

Wonder Villains, State's Faces of July gig

As’s monthly free gigs build a head of steam the performances just keep on impressing. July’s outing brought together the golden trio of harmony-fueled folk, breakneck indie pop and ever infectious electro-pop. Handsome Handsome, surely Dublin’s burgeoning answer to Fleet Foxes, were first to the mic and as ever, Niall Murray’s songwriting ability shone […]