Electric Picnic ’12: 5 to see….dance acts

August 30th, 2012 by

The Gardai have been chastising so-called ‘electric music’ this summer – but Stradbally is no Phoenix Park, and thankfully the Picnic is free of numbskull stadium house. As always, the Picnic dance line-up is a proper jumble sale, taking in all manner of beats and bleeps over the three days. Here’s a list of Friends […]


Electric Picnic ’12: 5 to see….post rock

August 30th, 2012 by

With Oxegen off the festival schedule for at least one summer, there was a danger the Electric Picnic line-up would lose some of its more heavy and experimental acts in favour of the usual stadium fodder. Thankfully, that appears not to be the case, with Texan post rock juggernaut Explosions in the Sky leading a […]


Electric Picnic ’12: Metronomy

August 28th, 2012 by

Imagine the marketing pitch – “It’s a concept album that tries to make Torquay sound as glamorous as Saint Tropez”. Not the sort of thing that spells mainstream success, but here Metronomy are world tours and 150,000 copies later. It’s only fitting then that frontman Joe Mount should talk to State from “the motherland” of […]


Electric Picnic ’12: 5 to see….acoustic and roots

August 28th, 2012 by

The bleep bleep and bang bang brigades will once again be out in force at this year’s Electric Picnic, yet the great thing about the festival is that no one tribe dominate proceedings. There are plenty of more organic acts appearing over the Stradbally weekend, including these five: Bellowhead Ireland tends to be a tough […]


Electric Picnic ’12: 5 to see….pop

August 27th, 2012 by

Although you wouldn’t automatically associate it with the world of pop, the Electric Picnic is always home to more than the odd sunny moment. This year is no exception, with a variety of left of centre but still uplifting types making an appearance. Here’s State’s pick of the bunch: Azealia Banks She’s the saviour of […]


Liss Ard festival in photos

August 16th, 2012 by

A taste of the Liss Ard festival 2012 – photos from Saturday’s events by Debbie Hickey. [nggallery id=626 template=carousel]


Electric Picnic – Final acts announced

August 9th, 2012 by

As Ireland’s only major festival this year, expectation is high and it looks as if Electric Picnic may just be about to rise to the challenge. With a fairly impressive lineup already confirmed, more acts have just been added to Stradbally for 2012. Along with some of popular music’s biggest names we now have some […]


G! Festival, Faroe Islands

August 8th, 2012 by

Emmett Mullaney takes the trip to the Faroe Islands, a constituent country of Denmark, north of Scotland for an intimate festival experience. THURSDAY Landing in Vagar Airport on the Faroe Islands on an unusually sunny Thursday afternoon a taxi whisks us through the magnificent lush green countryside dotted with towering mountains, islands and fjords, to […]


Knockanstockan Festival – A glorious waft of aimlessness

August 7th, 2012 by

Upon our first quick look around, festival site at Blessington Lakes, it’s clear that Knockanstockan has grown in popularity over the last few years. What was once a tight little bundle of stages is now a sprawling circuit of teepees and cheeky venues. In addition to the four main stages (Sun, Moon, Circus, and Faerie […]


Win Indiependence camping tickets

July 23rd, 2012 by

Next weekend being the August bank holiday (yes, already), there are plenty of events taking advantage of the long weekend. One of our favourites has to be the Indiependence Festival, a beautifully run gathering that has grown from a small start into a major player on the circuit. This year’s line-up features the likes of […]


Cambridge Folk Festival preview

July 20th, 2012 by

Next weekend will see State venture to the UK for the Cambridge Folk Festival, now in its forty-seventh year. Despite the title, the four day event has a history of mixing traditional with contemporary artists – with the likes of Joe Strummer, Chumbawamba, Mumford & Sons, Frank Turner, Idlewild and Laura Marling all having appeared […]



Hard Working Class Heroes details and band call

June 27th, 2012 by

Celebrating ten years of discovering new Irish music, the HWCH festival has launched its search for acts to play this year’s event. Taking place in Dublin on 4th – 6th October, interested performers can register now via the festival website. Closing date for applications is July 26th. The judging panel for applications will be made […]


New festival launches off Kerry coast

June 25th, 2012 by

There’s a new event on the Irish calender this September, as the island of Valentia off the south west Kerry coast plays host to what’s being described as Europe’s first ‘music and mingling’ festival. Taking place from 14th to 16th of the month, acts confirmed so far include The Rubber Bandits, Jerry Fish, Donal Dineen […]