Forbidden Fruit – Dublin

June 8th, 2012 by

Expectations are appropriately higher for the Forbidden Fruit festival’s second time around the block: its debut was not without teething problems, but this year’s event is happily a smoother-running affair, with no repeat of the epic bar queues of 2011. The ‘no re-entry’ policy is, however, still present and correct and the cause of many […]

Primavera 2012: State’s Top 20

June 7th, 2012 by

Last weekend was a busy one for the State team, taking in festivals in Dublin, London and Barcelona. Our coverage starts at Primavera and the twenty acts that caught the eye of our correspondents Ian Maleney and Conor McCaffrey… A$AP Rocky (Pitchfork stage, Thursday) The next young Harlem big thing is the consummate rap chancer […]

Europavox 2012 Preview

May 24th, 2012 by

This weekend State is heading to the French town of Clermont-Ferrand for Europavox 2012. It’s now seven years since the festival was unveiled for the first time and, while it has made some subtle changes to its format since then, it retains a pan-European theme at its core. The focus is very much centred on […]

Camden Crawl Dublin interview: Dutch Uncles

April 27th, 2012 by

A quirky quintet with a penchant for atypical time signatures and jerky pop tunes, Dutch Uncles are carving a name for themselves amongst the current wash of Manchester bands. Following the release of their second album, 2011’s Cadenza, the band started to get more attention, as they toured extensively, mainly in the UK but including […]

Camden Crawl Dublin Interview: D/R/U/G/S

April 25th, 2012 by

No stranger to showcase festivals, Callum Wright’s D/R/U/G/S went some way to making their name with a set at 2010’s In The City festival in his hometown of Manchester, while their appearance at this year’s inaugural Camden Crawl Dublin follows their set at last year’s actually-in-Camden version. Wright is a relatively recent convert to electronic […]

Patti Smith, Grandaddy, Richard Hawley, The Maccabees and more added to Electric Picnic Festival line-up

April 19th, 2012 by

Electric Picnic, which takes place at Strasbally Hall, Co. Laois 31st August to 2nd September, just announced no less than 14 new acts. Joining the current line-up are Patti Smith, The Maccabees, Grandaddy, Richard Hawley, Squarepusher, Crystal Castles, Gavin Friday, SBTRKT, Van Dyke Parks, Michael Kinawuka, The Jezabels, Dublin Gospel Choir, Eagle and the Worm, […]

Camden Crawl Dublin interview: Mystery Jets

April 18th, 2012 by

It’s been quite a year for Mystery Jets. Having moved to Austin to record their fourth studio album last October, they returned to the UK earlier this year with the realisation that bassist Kai Fish had taken more than a step back from the band (he was later to depart). Over the past seven years […]

The Killers, Grimes, Friends, Junior Boys and more added to Berlin Festival line up

April 17th, 2012 by

The Killers headline Berlin Festival, taking place at Tempelhof Airport and the Arena Berlin on September 7th-8th. Other new musical acts announced include Kate Nash, Junior Boys, We Have Band, The Magician, Grimes, Michael Kinawuka, Sizarr, Friends, I Heart Sharks, and Etnik. These names are joining Sigur Ros, Metronomy, Little Dragon and many more on […]

Happy Mondays, Kaiser Chiefs and Rev Run head Sea Sessions line-up

March 29th, 2012 by

There’s a heavyweight bill on the cards for this year’s Sea Sessions festival – taking place in Bundoran on June 29th, 30th & July 1st. Aside from the non-musical surfing and sporting events, the line-up so far reads as follows: Billy Scurry, Bitches With Wolves, Crazy P, Delorentos, Dom Servini, Fujiya & Miyagi, Ham Sandwich, […]

M83, Villagers & Little Dragon for Body & Soul

March 20th, 2012 by

The initial line-up for this year’s Body & Soul festival has been announced and sees the event definitely move up a level on previous years. Villagers M83 St Vincent Little Dragon Shangaan Electro Gold Panda John Talabot Redinho Emika The Herbaliser Tieranniesaur Kormac’s Big Band The festival takes place in the grounds of Ballinlough Castle, […]