UPDATE: The Vaccines change December date

November 30th, 2015 by


Originally destined to play on the 8th of December at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin, The Vaccines have announced that due to a scheduling conflict they’re now playing the same venue on the 14th of December. All tickets remain valid and Belfast’s Pleasure Beach will support.

Foy Vance signs to Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records

November 30th, 2015 by

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That ripple in the force? That’s the preemptive murmurings of Foy Vance‘s career about to go HUGE. Or, at least that’s what we hope for the NI singer-songwriter. A talented fellow, Vance has been a stalwart of the Irish and UK music scene for over a decade now, and has had some success further afield, […]

Other Voices music trail details

November 27th, 2015 by


This year’s Other Voices is just around the corner and with it the ever expanding Music Trail, a series of free shows throughout Dingle. Schedules will be available for collection from Thursday 3rd, but in the meantime the line-up looks like this…

New music from Here To Help You Out

November 27th, 2015 by


Dubliners Here To Help You Out play a hometown headline show at the Bello Bar next week (Friday 4th to be exact) and to celebrate they’ve released some new music in the shape of ‘Runway Lights’. It’s lovely stuff, a little less upbeat than State favourite ‘Damn You Sunshine’ but still a wonderful showcase for […]

Adele announces Irish dates

November 26th, 2015 by


With her 25 album doing the business around the world, Adele has announced a European tour for 2016 – kicking off in Belfast. She’ll play the SSE Arena on February 29th and March 1st, followed by two nights at the 3Arena in Dublin on 4th and 5th. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday […]

Watch Myles O’Reilly’s Ye Vagabonds short

November 25th, 2015 by

We’ve been big fans of Myles O’Reilly at State ever since he filmed Tegan & Sara for us back in 2010, and so are always delighted when a new project of his comes our way. This time he’s back working with folk duo Ye Vagabonds, taking footage of their European support your with Glen Hansard […]

Belfast’s Pleasure Beach to support Jape @ Vicar Street

November 24th, 2015 by


This is all a bit lovely; Belfast five-piece Pleasure Beach will bring their Westcoast-edged blend of anthemic/indie-rock to Vicar Street on December 12th in support of State favourite Jape. Richie Egan and co. announced the headline show back in October, but the support duties have only just been revealed. We’re forecasting a splendid evening; tickets for […]

Rihanna & The Weeknd for Aviva Stadium

November 23rd, 2015 by

Rihanna, Roskilde 2013 by Martin Rosenauer

With rumours abounding that her new album is about to appear, Rihanna has announced a tour – including a Dublin date at the Aviva on June 21st. Support for the European leg of the Anti World Tour will be The Weeknd and Big Sean. The full list of dates on this side of the Atlantic […]

Foo Fighters release new free EP

November 23rd, 2015 by


If there was any band that you could count on to react to recent events it would probably be the Foo Fighters, a group of musicians who have continually shown a grasp of life outside their own rock star bubble. As such they’ve just released a new EP via their website titled Saint Cecilia, recorded […]

Sleep Thieves & Bitch Falcon announce double headliner show

November 20th, 2015 by

Bitch Falcon, Sugar Club, Dublin by Olga Kuzmenko

Isn’t this something of an early Xmas pressie? Sleep Thieves and Bitch Falcon have teamed up to present Bitch Thieves – a double headliner show at The Workman’s on December 18th.  Having shared a rehearsal room for the past year Sleep Thieves and Bitch Falcon began planning the gig together after the latter’s Hard Working Class Heroes show. […]

Dropkick Murphys set for Live at the Marquee, Cork 2016

November 19th, 2015 by


Massachusetts punk legends the Dropkick Murphys have announced a show for Live at the Marquee, Cork on June 7th, 2016. Having been making noise for nearly twenty years, the Quincy band are arguably one of the most well-recognised and critically acclaimed acts of the genre, putting out no less than eight albums since ’96. Tickets […]

Watch Raglans’ ‘True North’ video

November 19th, 2015 by


With great anticipation building around their second album, Raglans are heading off on a European tour to give their new material an airing. ‘True North’ is a taste of what to come and it sounds pretty good to us, especially the whirling mandolin, and is the first of four tracks that the band recorded live […]

New Bowie album in January

November 19th, 2015 by


Now there’s a surprise. Just when it looked as though he might be retiring, David Bowie has announced a new album. ★ (pronounced Blackstar) will be released on January 8, 2016 on Iso/Columbia Records in formats including digital, CD, and die-cut vinyl LP package. A short film for the title track will emerge later today.

Popical Island all-dayer for next month

November 19th, 2015 by


If anyone can throw a good party it’s the crew at Popical Island and they’re at it again on December 19th when they stage their latest all day gig Upstair’s At Whelans. As ever, it’ll feature a number of bands from the collective – Squarehead (pictured), Skelocrats, Lie Ins, Ginnels, No Monster Club, Owensie, Walpurgis […]