State Faces of 2015 launch – The Mercantile, Dublin

January 19th, 2015 by

Bitch Falcon at State Faces 2015 launch by Kieran Frost

With our magazine and mixtape attracting interest from readers around the world, our Faces of 2015 came alive on Friday. The night, as will the year to come, belonged to the four acts who helped make it so special and provided proof that the hype machine gets it right from time to time. Belfast’s Robocobra […]

Slipknot / Korn – 3Arena, Dublin

January 14th, 2015 by

Slipknot, 3Arena, Dublin by Strati Hovartos

“Imagine being irrelevant for 15 years, coming here and getting this reaction?” Not the knowing words of Korn frontman Jonathan Davis, but those of Overhead, The Albatross bassist Joe Panama, who State happily finds themselves planted next to for this evening’s entertainment. He’s not far wrong. Davis, still clutching his H.R. Giger-designed mic-stand, looks and […]

Stars – Limelight 2, Belfast

January 13th, 2015 by


Ten years ago Canada was the big thing in indie music. Arts & Crafts Productions was co-founded by Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew and therefore connected indubitably with everything the band did as a whole, as well as the individual members. Feist and Emily Haines were gaining popularity. Amy Millan bounced between Broken Social Scene […]

State Midnight Mass live report and photos

December 30th, 2014 by

Nanu Nanu at State Midnight Mass by Kieran Frost

In a year that has seen State expand our live shows to take in the Electric Picnic and Oxjam events, it was fitting that we returned home to the Mercantile for our last event of 2014. It was a night that brought together some familiar names with a couple of new ones, all giving their […]

Simi Crowns – Opium Rooms, Dublin

December 27th, 2014 by

Simi Crowns by Mark McGuinness

Starting the year as one of State’s Faces, Simi Crowns is a name that has grown more familiar as 2014 has progressed. After supporting Pusha T in May and playing Electric Picnic this summer, he went on to play with Kid Ink and Mos Def in the past couple of months, leaving a lasting impression […]

Run The Jewels – Opium Rooms, Dublin

December 23rd, 2014 by

Run The Jewels at The Opium Rooms

While Run the Jewels’ self titled debut album gained Killer Mike and El-P plenty of well deserved attention, it was with the release of Run the Jewels 2 in October that they were finally able to establish themselves as the best act in hip-hop right now. They have accepted this position with grace and humility […]

Sun Kil Moon – Button Factory, Dublin

December 15th, 2014 by


It must be a somewhat perplexing year to be a Mark Kozelek fan. With the relative success of this year’s extraordinary album Benji, the former Red House Painters frontman (going under the Sun Kil Moon moniker tonight) has gone from ‘criminally underrated’ status to a singer-songwriter who, at last, is getting his just rewards on […]

Elton John – 3Arena, Dublin

December 11th, 2014 by

Elton John performs at the 3Arena by Kieran Frost

Shuffling onstage like a Faberge teddy bear enrobed in a glitzy dressing gown, his sequence encrusted frock coat festively twinkling in the darkness- it’s time to step into a Sir Elt’s Christmas. With his piano stool firmly affixed to the floor to avoid any further legs akimbo escapades like last week’s tennis tumble he launches […]

Peter Gabriel — 3Arena, Dublin

December 11th, 2014 by

Peter Gabriel, 3Arena, Dublin

At 8pm tonight Pater Gabriel walks onto an otherwise unmanned stage looking like a roadie. Head bowed, he walks to the mic a the front of the stage and one person at a time the crowd realise that this is the man they’ve paid to see rather than a tech. Slowly and forcibly the applause […]

Swans — Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

December 10th, 2014 by


“The loudest band on earth”, we’re told. It could have been anything because the utterances from the punter making vague word-shaped faces as we leave the venue are nothing but images at this point. Not quite deafened, not entirely sure my hearing will ever return. Swans are, without doubt, the loudest assault you’ll ever pay […]

Sharon Van Etten – La Maroquinere, Paris

December 3rd, 2014 by

Haim @ le Trianon, Paris, 01/03/2014

Via a fast walk through relatively sketchy neighbourhood we find La Maroquinere on a crisp Parisienne evening. From the wonderful bar with its smoker-populated courtyard we descend in to the belly, to a small, dark, square, tiered room with a low ceiling supported by wide pillars. It’s an unusual space – a mini square amphitheatre […]

Morrissey — 3Arena, Dublin

December 2nd, 2014 by


Morrissey, playing the 3arena on a miserable, cold, wet, wintry Monday Evening. Some headlines write themselves… digression aside, Morrissey is standing right in front of us in what looks like a shell-suit top with a green stripe and a pair of jeans…Sporty Casual, but somehow carries it off. He is angry but also seems sad. Maybe […]

Little Dragon — Vicar Street, Dublin

November 27th, 2014 by

Little Dragon, Vicar St, Dublin by Olga Kuzmenko

The dirty, sleazy, soulful electro-funk of Little Dragon should probably come with a health warning; such is its relentless appeal. As Dublin once again provides the location, Yukimi Nagano and band provide the noise. The wonky rhythms and electronic textures of their music is effectively an airborne drug and as the tracks come and go […]

Jennifer Evans — Whelans, Dublin

November 25th, 2014 by


Friday night in Whelans and a small, but enthusiastic crowd have piled into the venue, fresh from battling the elements outside. Cold, wet and slightly miserable, many are in need of a suitable tonic to lift their spirits ahead of the weekend. A cozy performance from Galway folk singer Saileog ní Cheannabháin takes the edge […]