HWCH ’14 – Day Three

October 10th, 2014 by

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Having moved from a Friday to Sunday model to a Thursday start a few years back, HWCH has the benefit of not staging its final night before an early morning and, as such, Saturday has an energy and buzz about it. State is keen to make the most of it and, as anyone who has […]



HWCH ’14 – Day Two

October 6th, 2014 by

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And the rain came down. It’s a filthy second night for HWCH but the opportunity to shelter and enjoy the music is the beauty of an urban, indoor festival and thus a success is there for the acts’ taking. With so much on offer and everything so time reliant Somerville’s late start in the Button […]


HWCH ’14 – Day One

October 6th, 2014 by

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To pick one hundred acts for any festival is an undertaking, to pull them from a single national scene might strike some as madness. Yet this is what HWCH sets out to do on an annual basis – as well as engaging the paying public in the process. Sometimes the size of the task becomes […]


Alt-J, 3 Arena, Dublin

October 3rd, 2014 by

Alt-J, 3 Arena

Was it Miley Cyrus who brought the thousands of singalong-then-make-out teenagers to the 3 Arena to see Mercury winners Alt-J become a Coldplay before our eyes? We may never know, but we do have a photographic report from the concert here, shot for State by Olga Kuzmenko.








The National – Iveagh Gardens, Dublin – in photos

July 21st, 2014 by

The National, Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

It was a beautiful two evenings in Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens as The National took to the stage in the hollow with a perfectly pitched back catalogue set. One of the highlights being when Tom Berninger disappears without a mic into the crowd to conduct us all in a chorus of thousands for a ‘Vanderlyle Crybaby […]