THE heavy duty of picking a festival bill is certainly an onerous one – selecting the right acts to appear on your headline and secondary stages, making sure there is a flow to the vibe that the acts create and enough variety to ensure music heads and casual fans alike will have a memorable experience is an art form in itself.
The honour of doing that job for this year’s Forbidden Fruit festival, which takes place this year on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1 at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, falls to Dave Parle from Tallaght. Dave started out in the music industry promoting Antics, a weekly indie club night in The Pod on Harcourt Street.
For the last six years he has been a live music booker for Pod, booking multiple gigs and festivals. He is the head booker for The Button Factory in Temple Bar, and Gazette Music caught up with him to talk about how this year’s Forbidden Fruit came together.
What goes into booking a festival like Forbidden Fruit? When does the process begin?
The process never really stops but, generally, we all sit down together and discuss who we’d like to see at the festival, what acts we love and which of these we love seeing live. So after that, we put together a target list we work on bringing them to the festival.
Do you have a wish-list of acts that you want to book? Is there a certain criteria that you follow to pick which acts will appear on the bill?
It’s definitely based on a wish list but we do also have to work with what acts are available on that particular weekend. It’s not always possible to get whoever you want as they might be on the other side of the world.
Are there acts you wanted to book but missed out on, and equally, any acts who you were delighted or surprised when they said yes?
There’s always acts that are missed out on, that’s just the nature of the beast. Sometimes you can be having a tough few days and out of the blue you get some good news on an act you thought wasn’t going to be possible. It’s all very exciting.
What do you think it is about this year’s line-up that distinguishes this year’s festivals from previous years?
This year, we’ve made it more open to people who want to enjoy a good day out. You’re not obliged to go to both days by any means, which is why each day is quite different to the other in terms of music styles.
The festival is a great way to enjoy a fantastic array of the world’s best acts right in the heart of the city centre so when the day is up, you can go home and be asleep by midnight if you so wish!
How much does your own taste influence what acts you target for booking?
Yes, it definitely influences it. We don’t book anything we don’t believe in ourselves. They’re all performers that if we weren’t working behind the scenes, we’d be out front enjoying the music.
I’m personally so excited about our line-up this year. Flaming Lips put on one of the best shows in the world. Flying Lotus has been an act I’ve been dying to see live for so long and his 3D show looks incredible. Then there’s Warpaint, Nils Frahm, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Public Enemy … We’re all very excited about our line-up this year.
What would be your own perfect one-day festival line-up?
That’s a tough one! It’d probably involve an LCD Soundsystem reunion and Radiohead.
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