by / December 29th, 2015 /

Lists: State’s Best Bits of 2015

It’s always a pleasure looking back over the year as we begin to prepare for the new one ahead of us. We’ve had the albums, gigs and tracks of 2015, as voted by our community of amazing contributors, but State wouldn’t be what it is without that community, and it’s arguably this list of the finest work submitted that, in some respects, we look forward to compiling the most.

Whether it was features, reviews, interviews or playlists, we’ve had the distinct pleasure of publishing a stunning variety of strong and compelling pieces throughout 2015 that both moved us and reminded us why we do what we do here at State. So, without much further ado, and in no particular order, here are some the best examples of work submitted by our hardworking writers and photographers.

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Opinion: Brit Awards 2015 by Jennifer Gannon

“This bland, circle-jerk of nothingness had everyone pining for the days when a Spice Girl offered Liam Gallagher out for a scrap or when Sarah from Girls Aloud was too drunk to speak….”


Interview: Jose Gonzalez by Steven Dunne

“I have expectations of myself when it comes to lyrics….”


Photo Gallery: Taylor Swift – 3Arena, Dublin, by Olga Kuzmenko

Tay Tay sent Dublin cray cray, and Olga Kuzmenko was their to capture the glorious madness…

Taylor Swift, 3Arena By Olga Kuzmenko-14

Live Review: Brand New – Vicar Street, Dublin, by Dave Hanratty

“There’s a curious atmosphere amid the worship, the sense that something got in the way and left a bruise….”

Brand New by Mark McGuinness-5

Podcast: 006 – Simon Maher (8Radio/Phantom 105.2) by State Staff

“The state of Irish radio is a constantly recurring topic of discussion so, for our sixth podcast, we thought we’d go to someone who knows more than most about the subject…”


Interview: Villagers by Hilary A. White

“I think when I’m working I can’t help but go into a bubble of ‘I know that I’m on a particular journey creatively and I’m going to see it through and I don’t really have an outside’. And then other times I feel really weak about that and I get writer’s block and I just think, ‘what am I even doing, what is this?..”

Villagers, Olympia Theatre by Kieran Frost

Album Review: Disclosure – Caracal, by Rory Cashin

“Can we blame them for wanting to switch things up? Of course not, but they haven’t stuck the landing because they’re still keeping one foot Settle’d, while trying to see what it is they want to do next…”


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