Irish Music Magazines Prepare to Face-Off

Posted: February 19, 2008 in Music
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Hotpress will have a new competitor when State Magazine launches in March

State magazine, which describes itself as ‘Ireland’s New Music Payload’, is due to hit the newstands in early March and looks set to end the virtual monopoly enjoyed by Hot Press on the Irish market. The new periodical, whose founders include photographer Roger Woolman and ex-Hotpress contributors Phil Udell and John Walsh, will be published on a monthly basis. It is claimed that State will have a style similar to UK publications such as Mojo and Uncut.

Debate has raged over whether there is place for two seperate music publications, with some voices writing-off State before it has even gone to print. This may be premature, however, as there will be a noticeable difference between the magazine and its rival: Hotpress divides its content between music, cinema, politics, current affairs and culture; State will be almost exclusively music-based. They have also recruited a bunch of talented and respected Irish music writers, including Stephen Robinson, Sinead Gleeson, Tanya Sweeney, and renowned blogger Nialler9. The editors have even drafted in Rolling Stone journalist Kara Manning to write State’s first cover story.

Meanwhile Hot Press has undergone a facelift in anticipation of the forthcoming competition. For the most part the content remains unchanged but the physical appearance has been transformed and now features a new logo, a glossy A4 format, and an improved typeface. One complaint about Hot Press in recent years is that it has become somewhat jaded, so it will be interesting to see if its writers up their game now that there’s a new kid in town.

Whatever way you look at it, it’s going to be an interesting year for music journalism in Ireland as this story pans out.

 

 

State: www.state.ie
Hot Press: www.hotpress.com

Podcast: Phantom’s Nadine O’Regan talks to Phil Udell from State Magazine and Hot Press journalist Peter Murphy.

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