Oxegen 08 – Ben Folds, Go! Team, Groove Armada

July 12th, 2008 by

With only his two customary cohorts huddled around him, BEN FOLDS looks rather small on the large O2 stage. The crowd here to see him are of a similar nature, but Folds manages to turn the open air space into something intimate.


Oxegen 08 – FKOS, BellX1, White Denim

July 12th, 2008 by

After a ridiculously easy entry to the Punchestown site from State mansions in downtown Dublin we arrive with one minute to go to launch and manage to wind our way through strange cocktail stalls and Europop-blaring amusements over to the O2 stage to catch local openers FUTURE KINGS OF SPAIN.


Interpol, Ã…rhus, Denmark

July 9th, 2008 by

Ahead of Friday night’s much anticipated set at Oxegen, State managed to get a ticket for the first date of the tour in Ã…rhus, Denmark along with roughly 800 others. Here’s how it went down.


State @ Roskilde ’08 – Day Four

July 7th, 2008 by

It is with considerable difficulty at this stage that we have to drag ourselves out of bed and get on-site on the fourth warm and sunny day of this festival. Surviving solely on gourmet burgers and beer for the last three days has us craving a nice salad, a cup of tea and a lie down, but once more into the breach for you, dear State.ie reader.


State @ Roskilde ’08 – Day Three

July 6th, 2008 by

Well we’re still alive, despite a little liver damage, and the good ol’ sun keeps shining down on us. Just getting to site in time for Jose Gonzalez’ rather early slot, we encounter – well, everyone. Hordes are off to see the Swede play in Odeon, one of the smaller tents.


State @ Roskilde ’08 – Day Two

July 5th, 2008 by

How good is life when on a Friday afternoon with a cold beer in hand you can walk through a sunkissed field and enter a packed tent to hear the leader of a Band Of Horses, announce “This is the greatest day of my life. Thanks for being here to share it” ?


State @ Roskilde ’08 – Day One

July 4th, 2008 by

Mother Nature is firm, but she is also fair. After last year spent pissing all over Roskilde’s festival – relentlessly – she makes amends by bathing us in a cloudless sky and temperatures in the high 20s. Wellies have been replaced by roman sandal-type footwear and rain jackets have been replaced by, well, golden Scandinavian skin everywhere you look. Spirits are high and with good cause.


Erykah Badu, Vicar Street

July 2nd, 2008 by

Arriving on stage to the sound of Lil Wayne’s ‘A Milli’ and her band’s warm-up soul jam, Erykah Badu is fitted in a billowing black dress and a bouffant head-wrap. Her band is 10 strong with keyboards, guitar, percussion, drums, DJ, flute and backing singers in the mix.


Glastonbury: Diamonds, Punchups and Hip-Hop

June 30th, 2008 by

A roundup with videos of the most “controversial” Glastonbury in recent years starring Jay-Z, Amy Winehouse, Kings of Leon, The Verve and a fan on the receiving end of a dig from Ms. Winehouse.



Download Festival Day Three: Sunday

June 20th, 2008 by

David McLaughlin reports from the last day at UK’s ultimate rawk festival, Download at Donington Park, in Leicestershire, England. Airbourne, Voodoo Six, Haunts, August Burns Red and Valient Thorr close the festival with a bang.


Download Festival Day Two: Saturday

June 19th, 2008 by

David McLaughlin reports from the UK’s ultimate rawk festival, Download at Donington Park, in Leicestershire, England. Him, The Offspring, Ace Frehley and a host of well dodgy bands made up the lineup.


Download Festival Day One: Friday

June 17th, 2008 by

David McLaughlin reports from the UK’s ultimate rawk festival, Download at Donington Park, in Leicestershire, England. Kiss, Seether, Motorhead, Beat Union and Disturbed make up some of Friday’s line-up.