Forbidden Fruit offers varied early line up

by James Hendicott
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Kilmainham’s annual music festival Forbidden Fruit has become known for its slightly leftfield line ups, with little in the way of ‘radioplay’ type music, and lots on offer from high-profile acts in more niche genres, in particular in the club music realm.

Much of the latest line up, announced over the past week for the next festival on the June Bank Holiday of next year, is along the same lines, but in announcing lightly quirky Canadian pop star Nelly Furtado as an unlikely headliner, the festival seems to have signalled a slight shift, a nod back to the earlier headline slots of the likes of pop icon Lily Allen.

Furtado’s early peak came in the year 2000 with the impressively memorable album ‘Woah, Nelly!’, a record that garnered lots of attention in particular for singles ‘I’m Like A Bird’ and ‘Turn Off The Light’. Her more recent record ‘Loose’ featured more hits in ‘Maneater’ and ‘Promiscuous’. She’ll make for an interesting headliner in the context of the broader festival full of less mainstream music.

Other announcements in the first wave of artists include more conventional Forbidden Fruit type acts like beat icons Four Tet, Bicep, Groove Armada (playing, sadly, the never-quite-as-fun DJ set), Barry Can’t Swim and local stars Le Boom, with plenty more still to be confirmed.

The festival has traditionally had a boisterous feel, a fairly wild early-summer bash held in a venue that is small scale compared to many events of this sort in the grounds of Kilmainham Hospital, a spot easily accessible via Heuston or the luas, offering city-centre appeal.

Ticket pricing is tiered, with the first sale already underway and priced at just €129.

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