by / June 1st, 2017 /

Preview: Forbidden Fruit ’17

With a lineup that seems to get weightier year by year, this weekend’s 2017 edition of Forbidden Fruit has been at the forefront of State’s collective editorial brain for some time now. Boasting a healthy supply of urban, indie, and electronic acts – some homegrown, some internationally and critically renowned – the three day city festival, which takes place in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, should make for more than just a compelling jaunt this Bank Holiday weekend. Of course, there are more than a handful of acts we’re looking forward to seeing the most, so let us persuade you to catch them too, and see the stage times below to help with that all-important itinerary. We’ll see you there…



Super Silly – Bulmers Live 2.30pm

Another exciting element to the ever growing Irish urban scene, the four piece take modern RnB and mix elements of jazz, gospel and hip-hop. An unmissable start to the weekend.

Le Boom – Bulmers Live 8pm

One of the best live bands in any genre doing the rounds at the moment, Le Boom closed our Electric Picnic stage last year – turning the wind swept, sodden site into party central. This year’s extended festival run, kicking off tomorrow, should see them step up a few levels.

Jafaris – Outcider 3pm

Our State Faces of 2015 cover star has come a long way since he made his debut under the name Profound and, while his recorded work still doesn’t quite match his live show, he’ll be in his element here.

Tycho – Outcider 9.45pm

Scott Hansen’s aesthetically-focused beats are equal parts blissful and powerful, expect latest album Epoch to be a highlight of his performance.

Mall Grab – Lighthouse 6.45pm

Australian DJ & Producer Mall Grab, aka Jordon Alexander, is one of the new masters of house currently lighting up dancefloors around the world. Catch him before he gets MASSIVE, which won’t take long.

Orbital – Original Stage 9.15pm

They may come from another generation to most of the acts appearing over the weekend, but the Hartnoll brothers bring an experience that most of the laptop warriors will struggle to live with.



AikJ – Bulmers Live 2.30pm

Young soul upstart AikJ combines a considerably talented knack for tapping into the social conscience, with a heady blend of urban beats and polished melodies. Well worth the visit.

Soule – Bulmers Live 4.30pm

Smooth, cool, and eminently listenable, Soule’s kind of future RnB is the stuff ears dream of. Get down and see an artist swiftly on the rise.

Motor City Drum Ensemble – Lighthouse 8.45pm

A cult favourite across electronic music havens across the globe, MCDE’s mix of angular house and techno, as well as rhytmic focus, will ensure a shape or two being thrown. Taps aff.

Moderat – Outcider 7.15pm

The musical lovechild of Sascha Ring, aka Apparat, and Modeselektor’s Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary. Expect ravey goodness.

Nicolas Jaar – Original Stage 7.30pm

Ambient electronica doesn’t get much more considered and enthralling than that of Jaar’s. A welcome oasis, we’re certain, in a festival that’s sure to be intense at times.

Aphex Twin – Original Stage 9.15pm

I mean, it’s Richard D James for god’s sake. The Aphex. Weird beats, frenetic rhythms, beautiful and delicate and thrashing and intense, track by track, minute to minute. Unmissable.



Wastefellow – Bulmers Live 4.30pm

One of our more electronically focused Faces of 2017, we’ve been following the output of Wastefellow with open ears. So very looking forward to catching his excellent live show.

Ryan Vail – Bulmers Live 7pm

Derry’s Ryan Vail can’t seem to put a step in the wrong direction, not that we’re complaining. Listen to his pristine, shimmering electronica and feel wrapped up in hazy ambience.

Rusangano Family – Bulmers Live 8pm

Irish hip hop doesn’t get much better than Rusangano Family. Cop them flogging awesome new merch too. Those tshirts are fancy.

Danny Brown – Outcider 6.25pm

Something of an outsider in the US hip hop realm, Danny Brown’s caustic flow and left field musical sensibility should ensure an amazing experience.

Flying Lotus – Outcider 8.10pm

With weird visuals in tow, FlyLo creates an immersive, transcendental connection with his audience. Expect surreal visions and abstract beats.

Bon Iver – Original Stage 9.15pm

The man at the helm of Forbidden Fruit’s Monday, Justin Vernon has promised a special performance at 5pm to whet your appetite for the main thing.