The odd smaller event aside, this weekend marks the start of the Irish outdoor festival season with the return of Forbidden Fruit at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The crowded market that it finds itself operating in has had clear effects – back to a two day affair and with the previously announced sister event in the west having quietly disappeared – but given the nature of gig going in Ireland all we need is a few days of nice weather and anticipation will no doubt rise. As our preview hopefully shows, it wouldn’t be a misplaced emotion.
Tickets: 1 day ticket: €54.50 | 2 day ticket: €99.50. Available to purchase here.
Austra | Undergrowth Stage | 6:30pm, Sunday
For what seems such an austere studio project, Austra (pictured) are a lot of fun live in a sparkly disco sort of way. New album Olympia is essentially more of the same, which means their Bodytonic curated slot should be quite the party. (Phil Udell)
Chic | Original Stage | 7:30pm, Sunday
Or ‘Chic featuring Nile Rodgers’, to give them the full title doing the rounds. Following the passing of Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson, it’s been left to the guitarist – no stranger to serious illness himself – to carry the flame. Very much back in vogue following the patronage of Daft Punk, there’s probably no better time for Rodgers and co to fill that all important vintage slot. Altogether now, aaaaaaahhhhhh…. (PU)
Daughter | Original Stage | 4:30pm, Sunday
The London trio give another airing to their wonderful debut album, If You Leave, on Irish shores after shows in Belfast and Dublin in January. Look out for their divisive cover of ‘Get Lucky’ if Chic don’t get there first. (George Morahan)
Four Tet | Undergrowth Stage | 7:45pm, Sunday
Kieren Hebden may be the Elliot School’s forgotten man after the Putney secondary school gave musical life to Hot Chip, the xx and, um, Dragonforce, but after a decade of pushing electronic boundaries, he more than deserves your attention. (GM)
Ghostpoet | Lighthouse Stage | 6:30pm, Saturday
Ahead of his headline performance at Castlepalooza, Obaro Ejimiwe gets an early crack at an Irish audience at Kilmainham. Evocative lyrics and eerie, ambient electronic beats are guaranteed from the Mercury-nominated wordsmith. (GM)
I Am the Cosmos | Original Stage | 2:30pm, Sunday
Monochrome is among the better Irish albums released this year, a very solid first step from the Dublin duo. At Forbidden Fruit, they’ll get to show off their glittering electronic rhythms during a (hopefully sunny) Sunday afternoon slot. (GM)
Kasabian | Original Stage | 9:15pm, Saturday
Yes, Kasabian. Of all the acts on the bill, it was they who provoked the most confused reaction. Certainly not an obvious fit, 2011’s Velociraptor! showcased a mainstream band not unafraid to take risks – many of which came off. Give them a go, you may be surprised – although another question may be how their day tripping regular audience (Saturday is now sold out) might find the rest of the FF experience. (PU)
Le Galaxie | Lighthouse Stage | 9:55pm, Saturday
Currently deep in the process of record album number two, it seems as if Le Galaxie couldn’t resist the lure of a headline slot on their doorstep. Given that there will be an undoubted Kasabian effect they look set to reap the rewards more than most. That they’ll be a triumph is a given so make the most of them before they disappear. (PU)
Lee “Scratch” Perry | Undergrowth Stage | 9:45pm, Saturday
After he cancelled his Button Factory appearance earlier in the year, fans of Lee Perry will be belatedly rewarded with a a Saturday night set from the dub/reggae legend at Forbidden Fruit. Expect a surprisingly vital show from the 77-year-old. (GM)
Trinity Orchestra | Original Stage | 2:30pm, Saturday
The festival veterans return to play the music of Queen. Enough said.