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Forbidden Fruit announces line-up

Forbidden Fruit, the music festival that is taking place on the grounds of IMMA/The Royal Hospital in Kilmainham in Dublin for the third year announced its line-up this afternoon. The two-day festival will take place over the June bank holiday …

Tue, Mar 5, 2013, 14:49

   

Forbidden Fruit, the music festival that is taking place on the grounds of IMMA/The Royal Hospital in Kilmainham in Dublin for the third year announced its line-up this afternoon.

The two-day festival will take place over the June bank holiday weekend (Saturday the 1st and Sunday the 2nd), with limited early bird tickets priced at €44.50 for a day ticket at €79.50 for a two-day ticket going on sale tomorrow (March 6th).

Last year, Forbidden Fruit promised an expansion to Cork and Galway, but there has been no announcement yet that these satellite festivals will actually take place. The city centre festival has also been scaled back to its 2011 length of two days, rather than 2012′s three.

This summer, it’s hard not to view Forbidden Fruit through Longitude‘s prism. That MCD festival got the jump on the POD/Bulmers festival last week, when they announced an exceedingly strong line-up with a similar pricing structure. Pound for pound, Longitude’s line-up wins. Crystal Castles, James Blake, Chic, and Four Tet are all exciting festival acts, of course, but none of them are exactly strangers to Irish shores.

Most Daughter fans will have been at the recent Button Factory gig, Everything Everything played Whelan’s the other week (not that I see the attraction with that band anyway), but iamwhoiamwhoami is a good edition, and Austra are always great even if they’ve been Picnicking and Fruiting for a couple of years now off Feel It Break, although their second album is due this year.

As for the headliners, Kasabian will attract a very different crowd to the nonchalant Grimes and Jamie xx fans who have populated Kilmainham for the past two years. As a heritage act, Primal Scream is a a decent one, but they lack the impact of Longitude’s heritage act, Kraftwerk (I know people will contest Kraftwerk aren’t a heritage act, but they are, although the 3D concert is a new gimmick.) Kasabian will shift tickets though, which is the trade-off with booking a much cooler act.

Forbidden Fruit has a good vibe, and its convenience beats the location of Marlay Park. The luxury of being able to walk the 15 or 20 minutes back into town is something punters won’t have forgotten over the past couple of years. But it’s going to struggle because of (1) the delay in announcing the line-up, (2) a Saturday night headliner that simply doesn’t fit with those who have pigeonholed FF as a more musically interesting day out, (3) the competition of Longitude, (4) a now rather short lead in time to the gates opening.

More acts have yet to be announced, so hopefully that’ll give some oomph to satisfy annoying people like me who have increasingly high expectations of festivals of its ilk.