Future Islands set for Iveagh Gardens

January 20th, 2017 by

Having been absent from Dublin since 2014, synth-pop crooners Future Islands have announced that they’ll headline the Iveagh Gardens on Thursday, July 6th. The Baltimore outfit made a strong comeback with ‘Seasons’, and the subsequent Singles LP, and rekindled much fanfare across the globe with a startlingly idiosyncratic performance on David Letterman’s late night show. Tickets for […]

Submissions open for new Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival

January 19th, 2017 by

A brand new science fiction film festival will take over Dublin’s city centre from April 28th – 30th, comprised of screenings of new features, documentaries and short films, along with classic science fiction and fantastic features from the vaults. Heading up the new venture, Dave Desmond, who has been involved with both the Cork Film Festival and […]

Run The Jewels announce Irish shows

January 16th, 2017 by

Having made a serious impact yet again with their latest LP RTJ3, Run The Jewels have announced shows for both Dublin and Belfast as they hit the road to tour the new record. Belfast’s Limelight will first play host to Killer Mike and El-P on the 28th of March before Dublin’s Olympia Theatre sees the innovative duo […]

Output Belfast reveal stellar lineup

January 16th, 2017 by

Set to completely ravage Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, in the best possible sense, for its third year in a row on the 16th of February, Output Belfast have revealed a monster of a lineup. Featuring the likes of Hot Cops, Jealous Of The Birds, Beauty Sleep, Ryan Vail, Gross Net, Touts, Malojian, Robyn G Shiels, The Wood […]

State Faces ’17 launch gig tonight

January 13th, 2017 by

By now you’ll have hopefully seen our beautiful Faces of ’17 site, capturing our twenty artists for the year ahead in a series of stunning images from State’s team of photographers. We didn’t want to miss the opportunity to celebrate the fact so once again we’re hosting the Upstair’s venue as part of Whelan’s Ones […]

Dance For Choice @ District 8

January 12th, 2017 by

Tomorrow, the evening of Friday, January 13th will see Dance for Choice take over District 8 in an effort to raise much-needed funding for the essential campaign to fight for women’s rights in Ireland. Set to be the campaign’s biggest fundraiser yet, the lineup is a weighty one – with DJ sets and performances from the likes […]

Choice Music Prize Shortlist Announced

January 11th, 2017 by

If anybody ever asks you to explain the Irish music scene in three words you could do much worse than use ‘Choice’, ‘Music’ and ‘Prize. Preferably in that order. Leaving the winners aside for now, the extensive list of nominees is possibly the best snapshot of how diverse the musical landscape here has been since […]

British Sea Power announce new album; share first single

January 9th, 2017 by

Back with new music after four years, British Sea Power have announced a new album,  Let The Dancers Inherit The Party, for release on the 31st of March, and have shared the first single to be taken from it – ‘Bad Bohemian’. Adorned with the kind of unusual, bittersweet indie-rock the Brighton band have mastered since 2002, […]

U2 announce Croke Park Joshua Tree anniversary show

January 9th, 2017 by

Love them or loathe them, it’s difficult to argue against U2’s The Joshua Tree standing as one of the greatest Irish contributions to rock music worldwide. Today, it’s been announced that U2 will tour stadiums around the globe to celebrate the album’s 30th anniversary, and a return to Croke Park has been confirmed for the 22nd of July […]

Watch: SILLK – ‘Switchblades Don’t Sleep’

January 5th, 2017 by

Theatrical, baroque, and really quite engaging, SILLK‘s latest effort ‘Switchblades Don’t Sleep’ comes accompanied by a video that’s a bit nightmarish, though works well in communicating the macabre quality brought to the the table by the four-piece Cork outfit. Taken from their debut Time is a Clock EP, the band describe the single as a “murder ballad”. Fitting really, […]

Listen: David Kitt’s new album Yous

January 4th, 2017 by

Last month, State was fortunate enough to head along to experience the launch of David Kitt‘s latest album Yous, at The Sugar Club. Live, the record proved a collection of “beautifully arranged, genre-straddling, well written songs. Each one strong enough to stand individually.” Now, you can listen to Yous via Bandcamp, gratis, until the 8th of January, before it […]

Coachella 2017 reveals hefty lineup

January 3rd, 2017 by

With Primavera Sound recently dominating the festival news circuit (rightly so there, rightly so), Coachella have revealed a 2017 lineup to rival the Barcelona-based jamboree. Beyonce, Radiohead, and Kendrick Lamar are set to headline a day each, and with a roster featuring the likes of the XX, Bon Iver, Glass Animals, Roisin Murphy, Hans Zimmer, […]

Watch: Ep.1 of Donal Dineen’s new online series This Ain’t No Disco

January 3rd, 2017 by

What an incredible treat to begin the year with (we may have been asleep when this was released a week or so ago..ahem). Donal Dineen and Miles O’Reilley (Arbitus Yarns) have turned their couple of pairs of mits to a new audio-visual venture, and just one episode in, it’s shaping up to be something special indeed. This […]

Output Belfast set for 2017 return

December 19th, 2016 by

Having showcased a tremendous selection of emerging and evolving talent across the Irish music industry at the beginning of 2016, Output Belfast will once again take over Belfast’s Cathedral Qtr to offer music fans and industry heads the opportunity to catch new music, talks, seminars and much more in February 2017. Belfast City Council, along with Generator […]