Final lineup announcement as Electric Picnic 2017 nears ever closer

August 20th, 2017 by

With just over a week to go, Electric Picnic have revealed the last lineup announcement ahead of those all-important stage times, site maps, and last minute spectacles set for Stradbally. Joining the ranks of Ireland’s biggest music festival are Giggs, Le Galaxie, All Tvvins, Clark, Tiga, King King Company, Rusangano Family, Talos, The Riptide Movement, Otherkin, […]


Brand New set for Olympia show in November

August 17th, 2017 by

Currently working their way through a new LP (yay), Brand New have announced that they’ll play Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on Thursday the 16th of November (yay). The NY band’s grasp of the darker elements of pop-punk, and eventual leanings toward emo, have seen them become something of a cult-favourite, and with a considerably quiet period […]


Listen: Rory Nellis – ‘Gas & Air’

August 15th, 2017 by

The Belfast singer-songwriter who increasingly needs little introduction here on State.ie, Rory Nellis has released a strikingly poignant and beautifully arranged new track in the form of ‘Gas & Air’. The follow up to ‘All I Ever Wanted Was A Chance’, and taken from his forthcoming LP There Are Enough Songs In The World (due […]


Jerry Fish’s Electric Sideshow reveals Electric Picnic ’17 lineup and festivities

August 13th, 2017 by

An ever popular addition to the main Electric Picnic festivities, and now in its fifth (!) year, Jerry Fish’s “majestic, magnificent and at moments chilling” Electric Sideshow is returning to Stradbally for more madness. Of course, music is the core focus, but joining acts such as Kormac, The Strypes, Bantum, R.S.A.G., Waldorf & Cannon, Columbia Mills, […]


Watch: This Ain’t No Disco Episode III

August 1st, 2017 by

A constantly surprising and enriching audio-visual experience, This Ain’t No Disco from messrs Donal Dineen and Myles O’Reilly once more ups the ante in terms of quality and style. Following on from episodes featuring the likes of Villagers’ Conor O’Brien, as well as Nico Muhly, Katie Kim, and Sunken Foal, Episode III brings together  Rusangano […]


Body & Soul, Other Voices line-ups for Electric Picnic

July 31st, 2017 by

This year’s Electric Picnic is just around the corner and details of the some of our favourite areas of the festival have appeared. Spread across four music stages, the Body and Soul line-up is as follows: Body&Soul Stage Public Service Broadcasting / Moses Sumney / Aldous Harding / Nick Hakim / HMLTD / New Jackson […]


Chester Bennington RIP

July 20th, 2017 by

Reports are coming in that Chester Bennington of Linkin Park has committed suicide. The 41 year old singer, who had six children, was found hanged in Los Angeles.


Simma Down festival postponed

July 5th, 2017 by

It’s not been a good few weeks for the smaller events on the Irish festival circuit, with BARE In The Woods cancelled last month – followed recently by the Killarney Folk Festival. Now this weekend’s Simma Down one dayer, hosted by party crew Sim Simma and due to feature the likes of mynameisjOhn, Super Silly […]


TLC, Leftfield and more for Metropolis

June 29th, 2017 by

The initial line-up for this year’s Metropolis Festival is out, and it’s a whopper already. Taking place in the RDS over the October bank holiday weekend (Saturday, October 28th and Sunday, October 29th), the weekend will once more feature art, live music, conversation, DJs and more. On the music front, so far we know that […]



Win a pair of passes to Castlepalooza 2017

June 26th, 2017 by

With a lineup boasting the likes of Le Galaxie, Wild Beasts, David Kitt, Shit Robot, Bitch Falcon, I Have A Tribe, Daithi, Le Boom, Aik J, and many more homegrown talents, Castlepalooza 2017 should make for a grand one. Taking place 4-6 August in the grounds of Charleville Castle, Tullamore, State has a pair of […]


Ghostpoet to headline the Button Factory in October

June 26th, 2017 by

With the news of new album Dark Days + Canapés due for release on the 18th of August via Play It Again Sam, London’s experimental spoken word king Ghostpoet (Obaro Ejimiwe) has announced a headline show for the Button Factory on the 24th of October. Of the new LP, Obaro says; “there’s a sort of […]


Win a pair of tickets to St Vincent in the Olympia

June 21st, 2017 by

St Vincent, aka the eminently talented Annie Clark, has announced a Dublin show for the Olympia Theatre on October 20th, as part of her wider Fear The Future tour which is set to take in dates across the UK, Europe, and the US. While global fan pre-sale begins on June 27th and general on-sale for the […]


Nils Frahm set for Irish shows

June 21st, 2017 by

Berlin-based pianist and composer Nils Frahm has announced two upcoming Irish shows. The influential electronica and contemporary music maestro will play Dublin’s NCH on the 26th of February 2018, and Belfast’s Mandela Hall on the 27th. Having taken something of a hiatus in this year, Frahm’s return to the live stage promises to feature new material, […]