by / August 26th, 2013 /

Showtime: State’s gigs of the week, 26th August – 1st September

Bullet for My Valentine | Custom House Square, Belfast (8pm, 26th August) | £31.50

Pretty boy metallers are the latest to hit Belsonic.

Alkaline Trio | Academy, Dublin (7:30pm, 26th August)/Limelight, Belfast (7pm, 27th August) | €24/£22.50

The punk-pop veterans make a couple of stops.

Just No, Libero, Philharmongrel | Whelan’s (upstairs), Dublin (8pm, 27th August) | €5

Dublin indie youngsters and friends.

Steve Vai | Nerve Centre, Derry (7pm, 28th August)/Mandela Hall, Belfast (8pm, 28th August) | £22/£29

Guitar hero plays a couple of northern dates.

Joe Henry | Whelan’s, Dublin (8pm, 28th August) | €16.50

Proximity to Lisa Hannigan makes most people look distinguished. Hey, Damien Rice.

Swords, Tara | Whelan’s (upstairs), Dublin (11:30pm, 29th August) | FREE before 10:30pm

A free Swords gig, everyone!

Billy Bragg | Nerve Centre, Derry (8pm, 30th August) | £14.50

The troubadour forever dreaming of a new England.

Corinna Jaye | Whelan’s (upstairs), Dublin (8pm, 30th August)  | €8

Singer-songwriter plays the upstairs room.

Cabin Collective | Campbell’s, Galway (8:30pm, 31st August) | €13

The Tuam country act head into town.

Levon Vincent | Bunatee, Belfast (10pm, 31st August) |  £11.25

Deep house man hits Belfast after last week’s Twisted Pepper stop.

Hoodie Allen | Academy, Dublin (10pm, 1st September) |  €25

The non-Gambino hipster rapper of choice returns.

Festivals

Harvest Festival | Greyabbey Estate, Greyabbey, Ards (2pm, 31st August) | £20

Villagers top the line-up; a festival for those not heading to Stradbally.

Electric Picnic | Stradbally Estate, Stradbally, Co. Laois (30th August – 1st September) | SOLD OUT

The big one: MBV, Björk, Arctic Monkeys, the Knife, Warpaint, Wu-Tang, and the return of Franz Ferdinand. Oh, and a lot, LOT more.