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.


Lisa Hannigan @ Festival of World Cultures

August 28th, 2008 by

The sun cast a golden glow on the sea on the final evening of the Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures. After navigating the cacophony of food smells at the world food village, State shuffled, one of a flock of sheep fed mercilessly through the strange pinball machine system that festival security employed to block […]


Hercules & Love Affair, Lille Vega, Copenhagen

August 14th, 2008 by

Take eight random B-movies, pick one character from each, put them on stage with brass, and mixers and what not, call them Hercules & Love Affair and let them play some fresh disco/pop/house to a sweaty little Copenhagen room and sweet Jesus you have a party. The collective Danes here are jigglng about at just the sight of them walk on stage which is a good start for a band who have long expressed a desire to simply get people dancing.


Mercury Rev / Sigur Rós @ Beatday, Copenhagen

August 13th, 2008 by

Mercury Rev / Sigur Rós Beatday 08 Festival, Copenhagen. 9/10 August -08 You know that Mercury Rev’s front man, Jonathan Donahue, has lost none of his graceful magnetism after their three-year sojourn when Ms. State turns to us after two minutes and declares: ‘well I’d ride him’. After 2005’s very dissappointing The Secret Migration one […]


Lollapalooza, Grant Park, Chicago

August 12th, 2008 by

Dave Donnelly reports from Chicago’s Lollapalooza where Radiohead fan apathy attempted to hamper enjoyment of acts such as Nine Inch Nails, Kanye West, Gogol Bordello, Saul Williams, The Ting Tings, Bang Camaro, Butch Walker, Duffy, Wilco and Flogging Molly.


Friday @ All Points West, New Jersey

August 11th, 2008 by

Given the throngs of determined Radiohead acolytes who came by ferry and light rail to genuflect before the quintet at Friday’s All Points West Music & Arts festival in New Jersey, a more fitting name for the event would have been All Points To That Oxfordshire Band. For this three day, 47-band extravaganza, Radiohead headlined on Friday and Saturday while Sunday’s mainstage draw was Jack Johnson….


Photos: Analog Festival – Liars, Efterklang, Tortoise

July 25th, 2008 by

The Analog Festival took place last weekend in Grand Canal Square with some unusual musical events. Friday saw Hal Willner’s Rogues Gallery where famous voice and faces sang pirate ballads, sea songs and chanteys. It was surreal and at one point, Lou Reed, Shane McGowan and Tim Robbins (Yes – the actor Tim Robbins) were leading the masses in song.