Bon Iver, Vega, Copenhagen

September 26th, 2008 by

State hasn’t personally felt such a warm surge of anticipation for an evening since Santa was last expected at our house, oh, about 25 years ago. For Emma, Forever Ago started with a few whispers, a bit of Myspace listening then finally a download, and over the last three months it has elevated itself to […]


Fujiya and Miyagi, Fringe Festival, Dublin

September 22nd, 2008 by

This year the Hennessy Spiegeltent made the move from the financial environs of the IFSC to the more palaitial surroundings of the Iveagh Gardens and on Saturday’s night thanks to the An Evening with Fujiya and Miyagi show, we finally made it down for the first time to check it out having already missed out […]


Hard Working Class Heroes – Day Three

September 17th, 2008 by

On Sunday, the heavens opened. Now, this may not be a muddy-fielded squelchfest but rain in the city brings its own hardships. Especially as it’s that relentless, miserable rain that attacks your jeans, your boots and turns crossing the road between venues into wading across small lakes. However, State is very happy for the Scottish […]


Hard Working Class Heroes – Day Two

September 16th, 2008 by

State begins Saturday by doing its bit at the morning’s Mentor Speed-Sessions; we’re all chatting, suggesting, emoting, whingeing and enthusing about this beautiful music business we all, to one extent or another, adore. These sessions are a great idea for bands and their managers – and not just those showcasing at HWCH either. Every discussion […]


Hard Working Class Heroes – Day One

September 16th, 2008 by

Dublin’s Hard Working Class Heroes festival, now in its sixth year, is one of the highlights of the nation’s musical calendar. Not only is it a country-wide Battle of the Bands competition to get on the bill in the first place, for the new generation of Irish -next big things’, it’s a possible springboard to […]


Cois Fharraige Festival

September 9th, 2008 by

Sun, sand, surf and music. The concept of a joint music and surfing festival fills us with dose of healthy skepticism. While not exactly a dichotomy, MCD and Sony Ericsson’s second annual joint festival venture to marry the two requires a lot of attention to detail to make room for itself in an already over-saturated […]


Electric Picnic Photos #2

September 4th, 2008 by

Some more photographic goodness from James Goulden from the weekend’s festivities at Electric Picnic. Marvel at the amount if stuff there was to do in Stradbally last weekend.


Electric Picnic Diary: Sunday [Niall Byrne]

September 3rd, 2008 by

Sunday started early with another stroll around Body and Soul. There was plenty of really good acts on in the first four hours of the day so we were up and at ’em early (ahem, having not slept in the first place of course). First up was English singer-songwriter JOHNNY FLYNN who has a golden […]


Electric Picnic Diary: Saturday [Niall Byrne]

September 3rd, 2008 by

Saturday begins early with a decent fry-up courtesy of the artist area. The reason for the early rising is to catch SUPER EXTRA BONUS PARTY open the Electric Arena at 1pm. Last year’s late addition produced a stunning opener at the Bodytonic Stage at the ridiculously early slot at noon so this year, it was up to them once again to attract an audience to the main area along with THE FLAWS.


Electric Picnic Diary: Saturday [Simon Roche]

September 3rd, 2008 by

Jayzus’¦ that Paulaner beer (nice to have a choice of three types of beer though) has given us a real bastard behind the eyes but following a cab ride from the hotel with a girl who claims to have 30,000 rolls of toilet paper to get rid of, we’re back on site to see LA […]


Electric Picnic Diary: Friday [Phil Udell]

September 3rd, 2008 by

So after all the fuss about the line-up, the gossip about ticket sales and the stress about the weather, the Electric Picnic was just fine. More than fine even. The vibe has survived, the site looked great and the weather – particularly Sunday – did us all a favour. Yet there was no denying that this was a slightly different Picnic, in terms of bands anyway.


Electric Picnic Diary: Friday [Simon Roche]

September 2nd, 2008 by

Probably the most cheery aspect of the Electric Picnic over all other festivals is the small things. The attention to detail that is skipped over on nearly all the big weekends really makes this place special. You notice the campsites are named Andy Warhol, Oscar Wilde and the like. The ticket booth is like your […]


Electric Picnic Diary: Friday [Niall Byrne]

September 2nd, 2008 by

If there was any weekend in the entire year you could bank your house on to produce minimal amount of rain, it would be the weekend that Electric Picnic takes places in late August/early September. Happily coinciding with the return of schools, many a former school-goer will remember the blazing sunny skies which heralded the return…


Photos: Electric Picnic ’08

September 2nd, 2008 by

THAT’S how you do a festival. Electric Picnic ’08 was one of the most unique festivals we’ve ever been to. So much more photos and reviews to come but while we scrape our brains off the Stradbally ground please enjoy some wonderful photos by James Goulden and Eddie Ryan.