Forbidden Fruit 2024: daily line-ups, stage times, ticket information, weather forecast and more

Everything you need to know about the big summer festival taking place in Royal Hospital Kilmainham this weekend

The Forbidden Fruit main stage, 2023.

Forbidden Fruit, one of the first big festivals of the summer, returns to the grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, home of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, in Dublin this coming Saturday and Sunday. Regardless of the weather, the grounds are sure to welcome crowds aplenty.

Saturday, June 1st, includes Bicep, Nia Archives, Groove Armada, Freddie Gibbs, Le Boom, Paris Texas and Interplanetary Criminal to name a few. Sunday, June 2nd, is similarly stacked with Nelly Furtado, Four Tet, Barry Can’t Swim, OVERMONO and Gemma Dunleavy taking the stage.

After the on-site music comes Forbidden Fruit Night – ticket-only events, with a festival wristband – comprising a range of official after-parties in city-centre locations. Running until the early hours of Sunday and Monday, these after-parties will include DJ collectives joined by artists from the festival line-up, including Barry Can’t Swim.

When and where is it on?

Forbidden Fruit is a two-day festival that takes place on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8, on Saturday, June 1st and Sunday, June 2nd.

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Are there any tickets left?

Fortunately for you, at the time of writing there are still tickets available on Ticketmaster.

Who is playing and when?

Saturday, June 1st
Main Stage
  • Bicep present Chroma – 9.30pm-10.45pm
  • Nia Archives – 8pm-9.15pm
  • Freddie Gibbs – 6.15pm-7.30pm
  • Paris Texas – 4.55pm-5.55pm
  • Trinity Orchestra – 3.30pm-4.30pm
Undergrowth Stage
  • Le Boom – 9.20pm-10.35pm
  • Groove Armada – 7.40pm-9.10pm
  • Interplanetary Criminal – 6.30pm-7.40pm
  • Frankie Stew & Harvey Gunn – 5.20pm-6.20pm
  • George Riley – 4.10pm-5.10pm
  • Ragz Originale – 3pm-4pm
Lighthouse Stage
  • Ki/Ki – 9.15pm-10.35pm
  • Sam Alfred – 7.55pm-9.15pm
  • Sally C – 6.35pm-7.55pm
  • Honeyluv – 5.15pm-6.35pm
  • Collie – 3.15pm-5.15pm
  • Surka – 2pm-3.15pm
RTÉ 2FM Rising Stage
  • January Winters – 9.15pm-10.15pm
  • Lord Apex – 8.15pm-9.15pm
  • Shee – 7pm-8pm
  • Strabe – 5.30pm-6.30pm
  • Chubby Cat – 4.30pm-5.15pm
  • Jordan Adetunji – 3.30pm-4.15pm
  • Brad Heidi – 2.30pm-3.15pm
Someplace Else Stage
  • Bob Manzanilla – 8pm-9.30pm
  • Ricky Chong – 6.30pm-8pm
  • Shauna Dee – 5pm-6.30pm
  • Second Nature – 4pm-4.30pm
  • Kayleigh Noble – 3.15pm-3.45pm
  • Lowkick – 2.30pm-3pm
Sunday, June 2nd
Main Stage
  • Four Tet – 9pm-10.45pm
  • Nelly Furtado – 8pm-8.50pm
  • Barry Can’t Swim – 6.30pm-7.30pm
  • Gemma Dunleavy – 4.55pm-5.55pm
  • Cooks But We’re Chefs – 3.30pm-4.30pm
Lighthouse Stage
  • Surusinghe B2B Sloucho – 9.15pm-10.35pm
  • DJ Boring – 7.55pm-9.15pm
  • DJ Gigola – 6.45pm-7.55pm
  • Flowdan & Neffa-T – 5.45pm-6.45pm
  • Hagop Tchaparian – 4.30pm-5.45pm
  • Puzzy Wrangler – 3.15pm-4.30pm
  • Jezebel – 2pm-3.15pm
Undergrowth Stage
  • OVERMONO – 9.15pm-10.35pm
  • DJ Seinfeld – 7.30pm-9pm
  • Daniel Avery B2B Imogen – 6.15pm-7.30pm
  • Salute – 5pm-6.15pm
  • Prozak – 3.30pm-5pm
RTÉ 2FM Live Stage
  • Dave Treacy – 9.15pm-10.15pm
  • The Cope – 8.15pm-9.15pm
  • Infinity Song – 7pm-7.45pm
  • Big Sleep – 5.30pm-6.30pm
  • Qbanaa – 4.30pm-5.15pm
  • Saibh Skelly – 3.30pm-4.15pm
  • Sick Love – 2.30pm-3.15pm
Someplace Else Stage
  • Becky – 8pm-9.30pm
  • Away from – Dave 6.30pm-8pm
  • Bella Festa – 5pm-6.30pm
  • Fynch – 4pm-4.30pm
  • Whalsy – 3.15pm-3.45pm
  • Saoirse Miller – 2.30pm-3pm

What time should I arrive?

Festival gates open at 2pm each day, last entry to the festival is at 9.30pm and the last act should finish at 10.45pm.

How do I get there?

By car: There is no parking at the venue. Traffic restrictions will be in place on Military Road and Kilmainham Lane. The nearest public car park is Park Rite Parking Lot at 7 Queen Street, Dublin 7.

  • From the West: Off N4 towards Heuston Station.
  • From the North: Off M1 towards Heuston Station.
  • From the South: Off N7 towards Heuston Station.

By foot: Pedestrian access is via East Gate, Military Road and West Gate, James St.

By bus: From city centre: Route No 123, No 13 (every 10-15 min on Saturday, 20-30 min on Sunday) from Upper O’Connell Street/College Green: take bus 40 towards Liffey Valley; bus 123 towards Walkinstown; bus 13 towards Grange Castle and get off at St James’s Hospital bus stop.

You can also get the C1/C2/C3/C4 buses from the city centre, getting off at Heuston Station.

The venue is well serviced by Dublin Bus. Please check your routing at dublinbus.ie

By Train: From Celbridge: go to Heuston Station; the entrance is a five-minute walk from Heuston Station.

From Maynooth, Greystones and Balbriggan: go to Connolly Station.

From Connolly: take Luas Red Line towards Saggart or Tallaght to Heuston Station.

By Luas: Take Red Line from The Point towards Saggart or Tallaght, exit to Heuston Station and it is a five-minute walk to East Gate entrance via Military Road. Check timetables at luas.ie.

Mobility impaired access: Vehicles with a mobility impaired badge will be permitted to approach the concerts from James Street and Bow Lane where they will be directed via Military Road to the East Gate and from there to the mobility impaired car park. Display of mobility impaired parking sticker in a visible position is necessary. Note: after the show, vehicles will be held until vehicle curfew is tipped (approximately 30 minutes).

What’s the story with security?

No large bags will be allowed on the concert site. Bags A4 size and smaller will be subject to security checks on entry. Those with no bags will be fast-tracked into the arena.

According to the festival website, the following items are banned: liquids, illegal drugs, fireworks, drones, professional recording equipment, umbrellas, pets. Also: no smoking in enclosed spaces, no parking at the venue, no re-entry with day tickets, no wristband tempering.

Bar and catering facilities are available; a Challenge 25 policy will be in operation at bars, so anyone who looks 25 years or younger can expect to be asked for ID.

Organisers encourage festivalgoers to take regular breaks, practise active consent, write down their group’s phone numbers in case some members lose their phone or get lost. Attendees are also encouraged to note and locate the wellness-area icons and visit the medics if feeling unwell.

Note this is a cashless event.

What’s the weather going to be like?

Thankfully, the forecast is for a rain-free Saturday, with temperatures expected to be between 9 and 17 degrees, and some sun. However on Sunday, temperatures are expected to be between 12 and 18 degrees, with rain possible in the evening. But, we are in Ireland, you never know what the day will bring. Best be prepared and dress for all weather.

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Ellen O’Donoghue

Ellen O’Donoghue

Ellen O'Donoghue is an Irish Times journalist