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.

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.