Taking place on the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Forbidden Fruit kicks off Ireland's summer festival season. Here are some of our favourite acts:
Chic feat. Nile Rodgers
Dancing shoes at the ready, funk “freaks” Chic featuring Nile Rodgers are sure to put on a storm of a show. The feel-good legends have a string of hits under their belt: 'Le Freak’, ‘We Are Family’, ‘Freak Out’ and ‘Upside Down’ to name but a few. Chic are guaranteed to lift the spirit no matter what the weather. Friends of the groove should add the band to their must-see checklist.
Foils, Arms and Hog
Comedy sketch trio Foil, Arms and Hog will certainly have the Forbidden Fruit crowd in stiches. The group – Sean Finnegan, Conor McKenna and Sean Flanagan – take their audience on a whirlwind of eccentric sketches in all sorts of obscure locations. The lads rely mainly on their imagination to deliver their madcap performances and a couple of props and sound effects for good measure. Foil, Arms and Hog are extraordinarily funny – check them out.
Kormac’s Big Band
One of the most diverse acts around, the 11-piece Big Band fronted by DJ Kormac blend afro-beats with slick mixes to create a unique sound. Expect all sorts from the band: a brass band, banjos and a barbershop quartet. Kormac’s Big Band are causing a big fuss around Europe. These guys will keep you moving for the weekend.
One of the most influential bands of the last the last 20 years, Primal Scream will air tracks from their forthcoming album More Light at Forbidden Fruit. The Glaswegian rockers have an impressive back-catalogue: their Mercury Award-winning album Screamadelica has made a huge impact on modern music. Expect glitzy rock riffs, dark electro and pure Brit pop.
British pop band Everything Everything have already made a name for themselves on Irish shores having already enjoyed a packed show in Whelan’s earlier this year. Their Mercury-nominated debut album Man Alive got rave reviews and their newest release ARC has received a great response from the music press as well. This gig will be intense.
Dubliners Le Galaxie were one of the highlights of Forbidden Fruit 2012 and the techno band are back this year by popular demand. The four-piece arrived on the scene in 2008 and have delivered lots of gutzy, synth-frenzied performances since then. Always a festival favourite, Le Galaxie will pull a big crowd.
The Mighty Stef
The Mighty Stef have gathered a cult following over the last while. The group take on the dark side of rock and roll and integrate it into their big, rich sound. Fans of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Walkmen and Arcade Fire will embrace the band’s “hopeful songs about hopelessness and euphoria”.
Obaro Ejimiwe – aka Ghostpoet – is one of the most distinct and creative voices in British music today. The man who bagged a record deal the same week he was made redundant from his office job in insurance, Ghostpoet is an engaging live act. A wordsmith, an innovator a master of beats – go see him in action.
You can be guaranteed a chaotic show from experimental electronic duo Crystal Castles. Hailing from Toronto and consisting of producer Ethan Kath and vocalist Alice Glass, the band translates their lo-fi recordings into a mega live performance. If you like a bit of mayhem, you can let yourself loose when Crystal Castles take to the stage. Prepare to get squished if you’re up at the front.
Deadpan comedian Kevin McAleer is something of a legend. The Tyrone comic has been on the go since the 1980s and became a popular act on RTÉ’s Nighthawks programme. McAleer delivers surreal, absurd sketches in a Northern Irish drawl that rustle up lots of laughs. A Flann O’Brien of sorts, Kevin McAleer is the deadest deadpan comedian around.