More names for Optimus Primavera Sound Porto

February 15th, 2012 by

More details of the lineup for Optimus Primavera Sound which takes place in Porto, the week after Primavera in Barcelona from June 7th until the 10th. The Flaming Lips, The Rapture, Yann Tiersen and Rufus Wainright have been added to the bill which already includes Björk, Jeff Tweedy, Wilco, Death Cab For Cutie, Explosions In […]


Coachella 2012 line-up

January 10th, 2012 by

In a bought to address ticket demand the Coachella Music Festival, held in the California Desert near the city of Indio, will this year be hosted over two consecutive weekends with the exact same line-up playing each. The 2012 line-up has been announced and The Black Keys, Radiohead and Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg are […]


Iceland Airwaves 2012 early-bird tickets on sale

December 2nd, 2011 by

With exactly eleven months to go to Iceland Airwaves 2012, a limited number of early-bird tickets and packages for the festival have gone on sale. One of State’s favourite weekends of the year as you can read here, next year’s event takes place later than normal, running from October 31 till November 4. This year’s […]


Rolling Stone Weekender, Weissenhäuser Strand, Germany

November 23rd, 2011 by

In the chill of early November at the seaside resort of Weissenhäuser Strand, North Germany the odd little Rolling Stone Weekender festival takes place. For the third year running this German Butlins pitches a big tent and takes over various cabaret halls and clubs in the beach resort structure and has an embarrassment of riches […]



Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, Texas

November 10th, 2011 by

Austin, Texas has dubbed itself the live music capital of the world for the good reason they have more live music venues than anywhere else. SXSW festival takes place in March of each year, and in early autumn, the massive Austin City Limits (ACL) festival takes place in the central Texan city. And for the […]


Slayer, Mudhoney, Mogwai for ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror

November 10th, 2011 by

All Tomorrow’s Parties have announced I’ll Be Your Mirror for May 25th to 27th in Alexandra Palace in London. Mogwai will be curating again and have already lined up a headline set from themselves, Slayer performing Reign In Blood, Guided By Voices, Mudhoney, Codeine, Melvins, Sleep and Yuck with more to be confirmed. Tickets Friday-Sunday […]


Other Voices 10 – details announced

November 8th, 2011 by

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Other Voices returns to Dingle, Co. Kerry for a festival of music with performances from homegrown and international talent in St. James’ Church – taking place from Thursday December 1st to Sunday December 4th 2011. This year’s event will be presented by acclaimed Irish actor Aidan Gillen who takes over from […]


Iceland Airwaves 2011 – Around-the-town photos and free album downloads

October 27th, 2011 by

Here’s a collection of photos from around Reykjavik during the Airwaves weekend including the hangover party at the Blue Lagoon. FatCat Records had a large amount of artists playing up in Iceland at the festival this year including Mazes, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Maps & Atlases and also artists from their fascinating post-classical imprint 130701 […]


Iceland Airwaves 2011 – Saturday

October 24th, 2011 by

Knowing full well that Friday will be a late one, the festival lays on the best possible thing to do with a hangover on Saturday morning – the now habitual trip to the Blue Lagoon thermal pools. For the damaged Airwave heads there’s a mellow DJ, a local band and a bar (serving a maximum […]


Iceland Airwaves 2011 – Friday

October 19th, 2011 by

Beginning Friday with something we would only do once this weekend – namely making it down for the hotel breakfast – we’re fresh and ready to check out some of the vast off-venue gigs that take place from early afternoon up till around the time the main venues kick off. In the gorgeous and spacious […]


Iceland Airwaves 2011 – Thursday

October 17th, 2011 by

There’s more of a feeling of adventure arriving at Iceland Airwaves than at any other festival with the dramatic weather and landscape, and it’s fitting enough that we seem to drive through a neon-bright rainbow on the coach in from the airport. The high levels of organisation mean that it’s so easy to get your […]


Rhythm Weekender: A State preview

October 12th, 2011 by

Split between the cities of Cork and Dublin, the Rhythm Weekender is host to over 30 acts in nine different venues, some of which are entirely free. The festival will commence on Thursday the 18th of this month and finish on Sunday, four days later. During that time the two cities will be graced with […]