by / January 18th, 2017 /

State Live: Faces ’17 launch at Whelan’s Ones to Watch

Last week saw us launch our State Faces ’17 selection, with our twenty choices for the year ahead lovingly captured by our incredible photographic team. We were also delighted to have six of them – plus guests Sun.Set.Ships and Shrug Life – join us in Whelan’s on Friday night as part of their Ones To Watch festival to launch it in style.

Running the gamut of musical styles, it was living proof of the depth of talent on these shores at the moment (but you already know that, of course) and shined a light on some stars in the making. From the charming piano pop of Farah Elle and thrilling noise of Hiva Oa to Tebi Rex’s intelligent party hip-hop, Beauty Sleep’s exquisite groove and Ele’s quirky take on indie it was a wonderful night – topped off by The Optimists shaking the room to its foundations.

Here’s to the next twelve months.

State’s Faces of ’17 launch photographed by Leah Carroll.