Arcade Fire, Pixies, Ham Sandwich – Marlay Park, Dublin

July 1st, 2014 by

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Place Arcade Fire, Pixies and an exuberant Ham Sandwich (plus the openers Tvvins) to a field in South Dublin. Slowly add sunshine, a pinch of beer and good, good people and watch pure joy rise over eight gorgeous hours. Photographed for State by Olga Kuzmenko.

Peter Hook….sounds of future past

July 1st, 2014 by

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Ever since party ways with New Order, Peter Hook been revisiting his past in the company of his new band The Light, touring the entire Joy Division catalogue and the first couple of NO records to rave reviews from all over the world. He returns to Ireland next week for a show as part of […]

Camden Crawl ’14…What State Saw

June 26th, 2014 by


Camden, Camden. So much to answer for. While it’s place at the centre of hipster life in the UK capital may have been relinquished in favour of the East End, the area still has an atmosphere all of its own. The Camden Crawl festival has borne witness to many of the comings and goings in […]

Faces of the Week: Lace Weeper

June 25th, 2014 by


Next week sees ex-Nirvana drummer Chad Canning play a couple of Irish shows with his new band Before Cars, joined by Wicklow quartet Lace Weeper. It’s a fitting combination, as the Irish band have always found inspiration in the US alternative scene that produced Canning’s former colleagues – recording a version of Mother Love Bone’s […]

Body and Soul 2014…What State Saw

June 25th, 2014 by


How time flies. Body and Soul reaches its fifth year and as each summer passes so too does the chance to see it in its chrysalis stage. Once a small, relatively niche festival, Ballinlough Castle’s annual clarion call to party goers has grown louder, further reaching and less likely to be drowned out by the […]

Win Indiependence weekend passes

June 24th, 2014 by

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Summer is properly with us and with it the usual run of high quality festivals taking place around the country. One of the undisputed highlights is always Indiependence, taking place in Mitchelstown from 1st – 3rd August. This year’s bill includes White Lies, Public Enemy, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, We Were Evergreen (pictured), […]

State’s Albums of the Year…So Far

June 23rd, 2014 by


The summer solstice was upon us at the weekend, meaning that we’ve reached the half point of 2014 – not only in astral terms but also in music. As is custom, our writing team have looked back over the past six months and nominated their favourite album releases of the year to date. Not all […]

State’s Mixtape # 19 – Cian Ó Cíobháin midsummer special

June 20th, 2014 by


The only way the weather we’re experiencing now could possibly get better is by the introduction of another very special, beautifully curated playlist for us here at State. Cian Ó Cíobháin, whose essential An Taobh Tuathail radio show is 15 amazing years-old this year, has gone down the rabbit-hole of glorious summers and emerged with a mix that […]

Ten to Watch at Body & Soul 2014

June 19th, 2014 by

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Body & Soul cuts a singular figure. At a time when big names are drawn to city-dwelling day festivals and countless grassroot events continue to pop with eye-catching gimmicks, the Westmeath bash has carved its own very particular niche. Under no threat from hostile corporate takeover, it remains a glorious oddity on the Irish festival […]

New Sinead O’Connor: ‘Take Me To Church’

June 18th, 2014 by


While the stream of ‘doesn’t she look amazing’ reactions to her new cover art seems to be missing the point somewhat, it certainly has raised the interest for the upcoming Sinead O’Connor album I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss. Now we have the lead single ‘Take Me To Church’, a musical suggestion that this could […]

State’s New Music Mixtape # 18 – Brazil special

June 17th, 2014 by


There lives in São Paulo an Irishman called David McLoughlin who has been working in the music industry there for 20 years, helping to bring Brazilian acts to an international audience through Brasil Music Exchange. With World Cup excitement pinging around we asked David to put together a mixtape for us of his favourite current Brazilian […]

Wonder Villains for State’s Faces of July gig

June 16th, 2014 by

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We’re breaking our own rules for next month’s Faces of 2014 gig by inviting one of our successful alumni to join us at the Mercantile. The Wonder Villains will be releasing their marvellous debut album Rocky this weekend so what better excuse to get one of our Faces of 2012 down the M1 to give […]