Una Mullally

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The Forbidden Fruit Top 10

Are you ready for the floor/field? Here’s my pick of Forbidden Fruit-related things to do this weekend.

Thu, May 30, 2013, 17:32


The Camden Crawl may have already brought a music festival buzz to Dublin, tired bodies are still recovering from Primavera last weekend, and annoying people like me who were in Austin in March are still saying “oh, yeah, I saw them at SXSW”, but in my worldfestivalview, Forbidden Fruit is what truly kicks off the Irish music festival calendar.

Over the next few months, it’s festival um, fest, at PopLife. I’ll be doing previews and reviews of the festivals I’m attending this summer; Body & Soul, Glastonbury, Longitude, Oxegen, Electric Picnic and more. But first up, here is the Forbidden Fruit Top 10, ahead of the POD and Bulmers hooley in Kilmainham this weekend.

1. Put your hands in the air for ‘Chameleon Life’
Daithi is hitting the Undergrowth Stage nice and early on Saturday at 3.20pm on the Undergrowth Stage. A lively set from him will be the perfect way to get your festival underway, especially considering he’ll be banging out his brilliant new tune ‘Chameleon Life’.

2. Dance to Chic
Although Kasabian and Primal Scream are headlining the festival, it’s really Chic (on before the Scream on Sunday evening) most people want to see. Lit up in the afterglow of ‘Get Lucky’, Nile Rodgers will be on hand to lead one of the ultimate feel-good bands. They’re on the Original Stage at 7.30pm.

3. Catch some glow sticks at Le Galaxie
Last year at Forbidden Fruit, Le Galaxie played what was probably the gig of their careers, and then later in the year topped it at Electric Picnic. This weekend they are elevated to the headline slot on the Lighthouse Stage on Saturday night at 21:55. Get Jurassic.

4. Get some new threads on South William Street
9CrowStreet have set up a pop-up festival shop in the basement of 27 South William Street, which opens until Friday night. They’ve got customised festival gear, and have a bunch of ticket giveaways as well as DJ sets going on.

5. Get into ‘Olympia’
Austra’s second album is a brilliantly ambitious and weird record. Gothic grooves and disco flourishes are spread across an avant-garde landscape where surprises lurk and jerk. Catch them on Sunday at 6.30pm on the Undergrowth Stage or in Meeting House Square at 1.30am.

6. Feel your ribcage wobble at James Blake
Blake is the link between chin-stroking vibes, and lung-puncturing bass, two things that don’t ordinarily go together. From dislodging the ceiling plaster in Whelan’s to excelling at the main stage of Electric Picnic, Blake works just as well in the sunshine as he does indoors. So hit up the Original Stage at 6.10pm on Saturday.

7. Check out the Apes’ new tunes
With 20k under their wrestling belts from a successful – if down-to-the-wire – FundIt campaign, Fight Like Apes have belted out tracks from their third album at a couple of gigs recently, but now it’s time to see how they work in a field. MayKay, Jamie and co will bombard the Original Stage on Saturday at 3.50pm.

8. Hit up Nialler9′s party
Mr. Byrne hosts this party at the Button Factory on Friday night, for those of you who want to get into the festival spirit from the get go. The awesome Gramme are DJing, there’s a live set from Ships, and TR One are doing a disco DJ set as well.

9. Expand your hip hop horizons
Queer rap is less of a buzzy genre than it is a consequence of a traditionally hetronormative zone loosening its borders, with the gay vanguard simultaneously breaking them down. Mykki Blanco twists gender norms and words with equal dexterity. He takes to the Lighthouse Stage at 3.25pm on Sunday.

10. Go see Four Tet and Caribou DJ
On Sunday night, as another part of the Forbidden Fruit By Night events in town, Four Tet and Caribou are DJing back to back at the Button Factory on Sunday night. Remember, you can only access these events if you have a weekend or Sunday day ticket to the festival. Toro Y Moi is doing a DJ set beforehand as well, and that party kicks off at 11pm.