Speech Debelle wins Mercury Music Prize 2009

September 8th, 2009 by

Shock, gasp. Is anyone really surprised? The favourite never wins even if Florence and the Machine deserved to this year. Also, State pick Friendly Fires left empty-handed. A clearly chuffed Speech Debelle was the surprise winner for her Speech Therapy album. She even brought her granny along. How cute. Well done to her and her […]

Fight Like Apes unplug for Once A Month Club

September 8th, 2009 by

It’s been away for a while but this Thursday 10th September sees the Once A Month Club come back with a very special offering, namely Fight Like Apes playing an ultra-rare acoustic performance (what will Jamie do we wonder?). The Apes top a bill that also features Bitches With Wolves, The Brilliant Things and The […]

Delorentos new video

September 8th, 2009 by

Directed by Eoghan Kidney (fast becoming our very favourite Irish video maker) ‘S.E.C.R.E.T.’ is the first single from the Delorentos‘ second album You Can Make Sound. If this track is anything to go by, their decision not to call in quits looks like being a very wise one. We like. A lot. Get the single […]

Shred Yr Face 3 Tour comes to Dublin

September 7th, 2009 by

Following last year’s triple bill of Los Campesinos!, No Age and Times New Viking, the third Shred Yr Face tour brings its annual revolving bill of the latest in indie talent to Crawdaddy this November. Calling at Crawdaddy on November 11th, this year’s tour features Seattle indie-folk trio The Cave Singers; Greg Weeks’ neo-psych-folk outfit […]

More gigs – Julie Feeney, Lisa Hannigan, Mundy, Damien Dempsey

September 7th, 2009 by

Following on from the announcement of some pretty major gigs this morning, we have some more dates for your diaries – this time from a series of homegrown acts: Following sold out dates across the country over the summer, including turns at The Galway Arts Festival and Electric Picnic, Julie Feeney has announced a date […]

State.ie teams up with Love Music Hate Racism Ireland

September 2nd, 2009 by


We at State are delighted and proud to announce the start of our involvement with Love Music Hate Racism Ireland. Launched earlier this year, the LMHR campaign has the aim to promote education and understanding of other cultures through musical events. Love Music Hate Racism Ireland is a movement FOR the people, BY the people, […]

Mad Decent at Antics tonight

September 2nd, 2009 by


Tonight sees a proper warmup to the Picnic with two Mad Decent artists playing Antics in Crawdaddy, Dublin. The latest signing to Mad Decent Maluca and Paul Devro (who writes the influential Mad Decent blog) will be in the building for some good tunage. Support comes from 3marias. Doors at 11pm and entry is €5.

Interpol Frontman’s Academy Gig

September 2nd, 2009 by


Interpol frontman Paul Banks will play The Academy on December 1st under his Julian Plenti monkier. Banks played this venue, HQ at the time, back in 2001 with Interpol just before they became indie-rock heavyweights. Julian Plenti Is…Skyscraper was releasead August 4th, it’s an experimental album featuring contributions from guests like Ratatat’s Mike Stroud, Interpol’s […]

Delorentos tour and album release date

September 1st, 2009 by


Delorentos take to the road this October. The national tour will promote their upcoming album You Can Make Sound which is released on their own DeloRecords label through ADA Global on October 9th in Ireland followed by a European relase in 2010. The first single from the album will be ‘Secret’ and will be released […]

Ian Brown Irish tour dates

September 1st, 2009 by

With a new studio album My Way due at the end of September, Ian Brown has announced a pleasingly extensive Irish tour for November, details and ticket info as follows: St. George’s Market, Belfast Sunday 22 November Tickets £27.00 including booking fee www.geturticket.com Telephone: (028) 9032 7007 The Olympia Theatre Monday 23 November Tickets from […]

R.E.M. ‘Live At Olympia’ videos online

August 31st, 2009 by

With the release of their Live At The Olympia double album fast approaching, a Vincent Moon directed videos of ‘Drive’ and ‘Living Well Is The Best Revenge’ recorded at their series of ‘working rehearsals’ has been posted online. The deluxe edition of the album will feature a full documentary on the shows shot by Vincent […]

Extra Fleetwood Mac date added

August 31st, 2009 by

Fleetwood Mac have confirmed an extra concert date at The 02, Dublin on Sunday 25 October, after their show the previous night sold out. Tickets for the extra date will go on sale this Friday 04 September at 9.00am.