Time & Location
15 Oct, 19:40 – 23:00
The Grand Social, 35 Liffey St. Lower, North City, Dublin 1, D01 C3N0, Ireland
About The Event
Dutch rock band De Staat have announced a headline show at The Grand Social on Saturday 15th October 2022. Tickets €20.90 including booking fee are on sale now at Ticketmaster.ie With their spectacular viral video Witch Doctor and support slots for Muse and the Rolling Stones, De Staat remain joyfully uncategorisable. Under the wing of frontman Torre Florim, whose big voice works like a call-to-arms, they flirt with funk and tribal rhythms, introspection and wild humour, owing more to David Byrne or Prince in their musical attitude than any ordinary rock band. And fourteen years into their career, they’re about to launch their new project: Red, Yellow, Blue. First envisioned by Torre in 2006 as something of a challenge to himself; before there was a group, there was a one-man project in Nijmegen, Holland. “I was making so much music, all different kinds,” grins Torre. “I just wanted to see if I could make something that sounded like one thing!” Having wrangled said sounds together, that ‘one thing’ would soon become known as De Staat – translated as ‘The State’ – and their 2009 debut, Wait For Evolution. With a line-up completed by lead guitarist Vedran Mircetic, bassist Jop van Summeren, multi-instrumentalist Rocco Hueting and drummer Tim van Delft, what De Staat have achieved since those fledgling days is remarkable. Across four more colourful albums, 2011’s Machinery, 2013’s I_Con, 2016’s O, and 2019’s Bubble Gum, De Staat have established a chameleonic brand of rock that is wholly their own – a band who cite the influence of everyone from Talking Heads, Rihanna, and Nine Inch Nails to Radiohead, Michael Jackson, Run-DMC and Soulwax. And more and more people are noticing them because of it – including some of the biggest bands on the planet. In 2017 De Staat landed some highly coveted support slots, including The Rolling Stones in Amsterdam and a run with Muse across Europe during their blockbusting 2016 Drones tour. In 2019 the band toured the EU an UK and played at major festivals like Rock Werchter (BE), Amsterdam Dance Event (NL) and Deichbrand Festival (DE). They replaced The Prodigy as headliner at the Lowlands Festival in August 2019.