Iceland Airwaves 2014 – part 2 – in photos

November 27th, 2014 by


The second beautiful half of Airwaves 2014 took in The Knife’s last ever concert, a feel-good Flaming Lips, Dublin’s Girl Band at Kex Hostel plus War on Drugs, Future Islands and Caribou. This embarrassment of riches was photographed for State by Jakob Bekker-Hansen.  

Mastodon – The Academy, Dublin – in photos

November 25th, 2014 by

Mastodon, The Academy, Dublin

Mastodon certainly don’t lack confidence or presence and on this night in Dublin’s Academy, with the mid-section of the set filled solidly with songs spanning most of their back catalogue, it all fits seamlessly together. At times prog, at times classic rock and at times fused noise, they are always entertaining – no dead air, and all laid down over a […]

MØ – The Academy, Dublin – in photos

November 5th, 2014 by

MØ, The Academy, Dublin

It took a couple of cancelled shows before she finally got here for a solo gig but Denmark’s MØ landed on the stage of The Academy this week and tore it up in a matter of minutes. Shooting at a high shutter-speed for State was Mark McGuinness.  

HWCH ’14 – Day Three

October 10th, 2014 by

Hare Squead - HWCH14

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

I have a tribe - HWCH14

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


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 […]