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.


Oxegen 08 – Band of Horses, The Raconteurs, Rage Against The Machine

July 14th, 2008 by

BAND OF HORSES have the unenviable task of coming on after MGMT, but the South Carolina-based six-piece seem totally unfazed by the experience. Sauntering on stage with minimal fuss, Ben Bridwell & Co. could easily be appearing on a Texas bar-room in 1978, such is the timeless, old school nature of what they do: but they do it so well.


Oxegen 08 – MGMT, Roísín Murphy, Los Campesinos!

July 14th, 2008 by

Our arrival at Oxegen on day three is greeted by an unfortunate but rather hilarious queue of 300 people for the ATM near the Red Bull skate ramp. After three days of booze, food and more booze, it’s obviously taken its toll on wallets as well as bodies too.





Oxegen 08 – The Ting Tings, Amy Winehouse, Alphabeat, Prodigy, The Verve

July 13th, 2008 by

Day two of Oxegen and the overwhelming feeling is of greyness. Not just in terms of the weather – only broken by the odd, ferocious shower – but also in terms of the music. The early hours are a blur of workaday rock (Powderfinger, Newton Faulkner, One Night Only), indie by numbers (Scouting For Girls, The Music, Delays) and the odd curve ball (Camile O’Sullivan).


Oxegen 08 – Yeasayer, Black Kids, Hot Chip, Manics

July 13th, 2008 by

YEASAYER ARE awesome. Put them in a small tent after midnight and you have proper party full of people whooping and hollering that but playing at teatime on the second grey-ish day at Oxegen doesn’t show them in the best light.




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.