Video: Daithí – In Flight

July 1st, 2014 by

Daithi, Button Factory, Dublin

Currently tearing it up on the festival circuit, Daithí releases the title track from his debut album In Flight as his new single, the fourth from the record. Lead vocals come courtesy of The Coronas’ Danny O’Reilly.

Carriages and Homebeat Irish tour

July 1st, 2014 by

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Just one of a number of fine DIY promoters in Ireland, Homebeat are stretching their wings to take State Faces of 2014 Carriages on a nationwide tour – all in support of the duo’s new ‘Roots/Significant Landscape’ single. The dates – all featuring special guests – are as follows: July 4th **Tour Launch & Carriages […]

Win Tickets to see Avi Buffalo in Whelan’s

June 30th, 2014 by


MCD and are offering two tickets to see Avi Buffalo in Whelan’s on October 5th. All you have to do is answer the frankly absurdly easy question; What is the name of Avi Buffalo’s upcoming new album? Send your answers to and we’ll announce the winners in due course. In the meantime, have […]

Win Ham Sandwich Live at Leopardstown tickets

June 30th, 2014 by

HamsandwicH Pic2 2014 - Credit Dara Munnis

Having just yesterday turned in a spectacular performance supporting Arcade Fire at Marlay Park, Ham Sandwich are in action again this week as part of the Bulmers Live at Leopardstown series. A unique mix of music and horse racing, the likes of Johnny Marr and Peter Hook are still to come but we have four […]

Electric Picnic Trenchtown line-up announced

June 25th, 2014 by

Capitol 1212 Promo Shot.

Just one of the many festivals within a festival at the Electric Picnic, the bill for this year’s Trenchtown Village reads as follows: Solo Banton Capitol 1212 & M.A.D (pictured) Jah Lex Mr Williamz Dirty Dubsters Cian Finn Rí Rá Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble Arubdub Johnny Pluse & The Storm Troopers Of Love After The Ibis […]

Hozier album details

June 24th, 2014 by


There can be few more anticipated debut albums this year than that from Hozier, our Faces of 2014 cover star who has become a genuine global success story in the short space of time since we premiered his ‘Take Me To Church’ track last year. Hozier is released through Rubyworks / Island Records on 19th […]

Ham Sandwich & Tvvins join Arcade Fire bill

June 20th, 2014 by

Ham Sandwich, The Olympia, Dublin

There’ll be a strong Irish contingent at one this summer’s biggest shows following the news that Ham Sandwich and State Faces of 2014 Tvvins will support Arcade Fire and Pixies at Marlay Park next weekend. Tickets for the June 29th show are on sale priced €61.50 including booking fee. Photo: Paulo Gonçalves

Rock Against Racism Belfast show this Friday

June 18th, 2014 by


Following the recent increase in racist attacks across Northern Ireland, the community’s musicians have come together to stage a fundraiser for Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities. Taking place at the Limelight on Friday night, the bill features And So I Watch You From Afar, The Answer [Acoustic], Mojo Fury, General Fiasco [Acoustic], Kasper Rosa […]

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 […]

Chad Channing’s Before Cars Irish dates

June 16th, 2014 by


The percussive power behind Nirvana’s Bleach record, Chad Channing brings his latest band Before Cars to these shores for a handful of dates next month. The four piece play Kenny’s Bar in Lahinch (2nd), Cork’s Cyprus Avenue (3rd) and the Sugar Club (6th). Support on all shows comes from Wicklow based alternative rock outfit Lace […]

Chic lead Belsonic bill

June 16th, 2014 by


The initial line-up for this year’s run of Belsonic shows in Custom House Square in Belfast has been announced, featuring the usual selection of big hitters. Friday August 15th: EXAMPLE & SPECIAL GUESTS Sunday August 17th: BIFFY CLYRO + TWIN ATLANTIC & LITTLE MATADOR Monday August 18th: KODALINE + TOM ODELL, BLACK RIVERS & DANIEL […]

Chet Faker gig giveaway

June 12th, 2014 by


Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning for Chet Faker’s Dublin show at the Academy on 18th November, coming on the back of the release of his debut album Built On Glass. The gig will cost you a very reasonable €16.50, unless of course you manage to win a pair of passes here on State. To […]

YouBloom stage times announced

June 11th, 2014 by


This weekend sees the second YouBloom Dublin festival, a combination of live music and industry conference. The former takes place in the Dame District, with a series of free shows hosted by a number of Irish bands and features the following: Friday 13th June 4 Dame Lane / Music Maker Stage Hosts: Punch Face Champions […]

New additions to Castlepalooza bill

June 11th, 2014 by


French hip-hop beatmaker Onra (pictured) leads the latest list of names for the Castlepalooza Festival, taking place as ever in the grounds of Charleville Castle over the weekend of 1st – 3rd August. Also newly announced are Synaesthete, Leni Morrison, Dear Desert, Sam Evans & The Jammerz and Alphabetical. The full bill, as it stands, […]