As the return of Dublin city’s finest music festival Bulmers Forbidden Fruit returns to IMMA in Dublin 8, Nialler9 is previewing the forthcoming attractions in a series of posts recommending acts such as10 must-see Irish acts and 10 must-see acts plus offering playlists to see at the festival.

Here’s a look at the Bank Holiday Monday lineup of the festival which tends to provide a much more relaxed atmosphere for a more experienced crowd than the rest of the weekend.

Original Stage

The War On Drugs

21:15, Original Stage


The Pennsylvania indie-rock band lead by Adam Granduciel close the festival on Monday. Their fourth album A Deeper Understanding released in 2017 cemented the band’s Springsteen and Tom Petty-esque sound and live, its sweeping stadium rock music is one that echoes the charm of those greats. It’s an old-fashioned style but one, that has its graces.

Grizzly Bear

19:45, Original Stage


Grizzly Bear kicked off their world tour in Dublin last year and now they make a kind return to help us kick off our festival season in the City. Their highly anticipated fifth studio album Painted Ruins came out last August which added a more synth based sound to their soothing indie-rock aesthetic.

Spoon

18:45, Original Stage


Lead by Britt Daniel, indie art-pop group Spoon released their latest album Hot Thoughts last year which added a touch more funk to the bands consistent indie-pop aesthetic.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

16:45, Original Stage


Having built a reputation as a fine lo-fi psych-rock band,  the New Zealand/Portland-based band Unknown Mortal Orchestra, lead by Ruban Nielsen, have changed things up. The band released their fourth studio album Sex & Food earlier this year and it added strands of heavy-rock, yacht-rock and their oddball-funk trademark sound. It’ll be interesting to see how much of that they can bring to the stage at Forbidden Fruit.

David Kitt

16:00, Original Stage


David Kitt has been releasing music under his electronic project name New Jackson of late. His first release as David Kitt in over eight years Yous dropped earlier this year which was recorded at his Dublin home with a blend of electronics, samples and live instrumentation in collaboration with various other musicians. The live setting performance setting of this album is sure to provide a varied ambiance.

Undergrowth Stage

Warpaint

20:30, Undergrowth Stage


Californian four-piece rock band Warpaint are signed to Rough Trade and released their last album Heads Up in 2016. The album features a rhythmic ambiance and their live sets create a soothing and trance-like environment. The band have a large Irish following and they sold out the National Concert Hall last year.

Thundercat

18:30, Undergrowth Stage


Stephen Lee Bruner’s latest album Drunk which came out last year features collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Michael McDonald, Wiz Khalifa and Pharrell. Thundercat has become the go-to guy for the likes of Kendrick to bring in live bass and he has a fervent live following himself in young jazz circles. He is a standout multi-instrumentalist/ singer-songwriter whose live performances deliver a soulful-jazzy array of funk, soul and jazz.

Rhye

17:00, Undergrowth Stage


With hit singles, such as ‘The Fall’ Canadian singer Mike Milosh is an artist who has a reputation for touching on the heart-strings with his upbeat, jazzy romantic-pop music. This year he continued the flow with the release of his second album Blood with singles such as ‘Taste’. Live this act, accompanied by a live band provide an emotive upbeat ambiance to rein in on.

Superorganism

15:30, Undergrowth Stage


Eight-piece super group Superorganism mark their Irish gig debut at Bulmers Forbidden Fruit. With catchy pop-art tracks such as ‘Everybody Wants To Be Famous’ and ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’ this performance promises to be fun filled.

Bulmers Live

Nialler9

21:30, Bulmers Live Stage

Our very own Nialler9 will be bringing a close to the Irish proceedings of the festival. For a glimpse into what to expect from this set delve into some Nialler9 DJ mixes.

Sing Along Social

20:30, Bulmers Live Stage

Sing Along Social gives you the opportunity to sing to your favourite classic songs alongside your favourite friends and strangers soon to be acquaintances. This is a ‘singing party and commitment-free choir’ that promises nothing less than a fun time.

David Keenan

19:40, Bulmers Live Stage


Irish singer-songwriter David Keenan made his debut in made his debut back in 2015 and has been imparting his folk-take style of musicianship throughout Ireland ever since. His songwriting ability is one of transportive qualities, painting descriptive pictures and taking you on the journey back there with him.

Fontaines D.C

18:10, Bulmers Live Stage


These boys bring an infectious energy to their live performances delivering their fresh take on punk-rock in a colloquial-driven narrative. What better city to engage with this in than Dublin, the D.C does stand for Dublin City. Their latest double A-side ‘Chequeless Reckless’/’Boys In The Better Land’ dropped in February of this year.

Lilla Vargen

17:00, Bulmers Live Stage


Northern Irish singer-songwriter Lilla Vargen is an artist that projects soothing and soulful qualities. With stand out tracks such as ‘Downtown’ and ‘I Believe Me’ clocking up millions of hits on Spotify being proof that she is captivating attention with her music. Your soul-soothing opportunity awaits.

Ailbhe Reddy

16:00, Bulmers Live Stage


Dublin singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy has been developing her sound for over two years now. This year she released tracks such as ‘The Tube’ which introduced a more experimental sound and ‘Threads’ where she teamed up with Maria Kelly. This artist delivers a rousing indie-folk sound effortlessly and consistently throughout her live sets.

Molly Sterling

15:15, Bulmers Live Stage


Tipperary native Molly Sterling is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter who has been trekking her own creative path for a number of years and is now finding a place of resonance. Her latest single ‘Plain Static’ is a piano lead ballad based wholly in reality and its flaws that has intimacy in its construction. Her live performances enhance the powerful qualities of her voice, whilst accompanied by a live band for further effect.

check out this Bulmers Forbidden Fruit Monday Spotify Playlist.

Posted on May 30th, 2018

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Follow the Nialler9 new album Spotify playlist featuring two songs each from each recommended recent album.


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David Byrne – American Utopia

Ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne’s first solo album release in 14 years sees him collaborating with artists such as Brian Eno, Sampha, Blood Orange, Oneohtrix Point Never, Jack Penate and a bunch of other male contributors, a factor that resulted in some backlash for the Scottish-American musician that he addressed directly and apologetically.

American Utopia shouldn’t be overshadowed by those fact. The album is excellent, filled with has certain sound elements that project his musical roots with Talking Heads yet it also proves that David Byrne is a long-standing solo artist with distinction who is still able to make relevant and engaging art-pop in 2018. Further proof is in his stand out performance of ‘Everybody’s Coming To My House’ on Colbert.


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David Kitt – Yous

David Kitt has been releasing music under his electronic project name New Jackson of late, this is his first release as David Kitt in over eight years. Yous is an understated record, a singer-songwriter record in the vein of his early work. He is accompanied mostly by guitar and the violin and voice of Margie Lewis with some underpinnings of synths and drum machines. It was recorded at his Dublin home with a blend of electronics, samples and live instrumentation (with some additional production by Karl Odlum). Other contributors include Dunk ‘Sunken Foal’ Murphy, Michelle Stoddart (The Magic Numbers) and Robbie Kitt.

A cover of Fever Ray’s ‘Keep The Streets Empty For Me’ is included as are acoustic versions of his ‘Make It Mine’ and ‘There Will Always Be This Love’ which are both from his electronic project New Jackson. First listen standouts include ‘Cling Film’, ‘Like Lightning’ and ‘Still Don’t Know’.


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Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar

Scottish trio Young Fathers’ Cocoa Sugar via Ninja Tune is the alt-rap group’s third studio album. The previewed sound on the album from the first single releases of ‘In My View’ and ‘Lord’ suggested an increased softness and directness that wasn’t present on their first two records. That slight change in direction is present throughout the new album gives it a fresh soulful sound with feel-good gospel constructions to relish in.


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Caroline Rose – Loner

Caroline Rose made her debut with I Will Not Be Afraid in 2014. Now four years later the self-described “queer feminist” presents the release of new album Loner, a dark-edged album of manic and millennial modern pop, drawing on indie-rock, surf music, synth hooks and bright production, which Rose herself was responsible for.


5.

George Fitzgerald – All That Must Be

This is the second full-length LP from English electronic producer George Fitzgerald. All That Must Be which is out on Domino Record features collaborations with Bonobo, Hudson Scott, Tracey Thorn and Lil Silva. Tracks like ‘Nobody But You’ delves deep into a nostalgic territory of summer nights spent in South London, embodies a transcendent sound. The album documents the 10-year period Fitzgerald spent living in Berlin right through to his departure back to London to become a father. Each track has its own unique layered ambiance but hey are constructed with a common thread of building synthesizer electronica.


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Paddy Hanna – Frankly, I Mutate

Paddy Hanna presents album number two with Frankly, I Mutate which was produced by Girl Band’s Daniel Fox. It represents a polished, reformed and mastered sound from the Dublin singer-songwriter. The album brings its own unique element of quirk that is harmoniously backed up with string arrangements by Éna Brennan aka Dowry. Paddy establishes himself as an artist with distinction and reverence with this one.


Posted on March 12th, 2018

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While David Kitt’s New Jackson album has been nominated for a Choice Music Prize, the songwriter has plans to release his long-awaited solo album Yous next week March 9th on All City Records (after it was originally released to fans for one week only in Jan 2017), following on from the 10″ release of an EP.

‘There Will Always Be This Love’ is a song that New Jackson fans may know as it featured on a Permanent Vacation LP compilation in a more electronic vein. It features on Yous, as a more meditative traditional song with Margie Lewis again involved.

“‘There Will Always Be This Love’ started out as a New Jackson song, but I thought it was one of those proper choruses that you don’t write every day and I always had it mind for inclusion on Yous. I tried it in Cleere’s in Kilkenny at the Blues and Roots festival a couple of years ago, with Margie Lewis on violin and vocals, and it was one of those special gig moments that convinced me to record it. We’ve already been asked to sing it at one wedding.”

Yous is available to pre-order on Bandcamp: https://davidkitt.bandcamp.com/

David Kitt tour dates

March 2018:
9th Kilkenny, Cleere’s Theatre
10th Cork City, AMP venue
11th Clonakilty, West Cork, De Barras
23rd Galway, Róisín Dubh
31st Limerick, Dolans, Upstairs

April 2018:
6th Dublin, Button Factory
8th Dundalk, Spirit Store
18th London, UK, Borderline
19th Manchester, UK, Eagle Inn

Posted on February 28th, 2018

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David Kitt is releasing a four-track EP titled Still Don’t Know through All City Records on 10″ vinyl and digital tomorrow. Nialler9 has the first listen of the EP.

The EP precedes the physical release of his eighth studio album ‘Yous’ on the same label on March 9th. The album was released at the start of 2017 for one week only so fans who were quick on the draw may have heard it already.

Says David:

“It’s been a long time since my last album so there’s a lot of stuff on the hard drive at this stage, a lot of instrumental work and songs that maybe wouldn’t necessarily fit in an album context. The e.p.s with the single releases give me a chance to explore some of that stuff and get it out into the world. I like to look at every release as a chance to create something that stands up on its own as a body of work and this e.p. for ‘Still Don’t Know’ has that quality to it, in its own small way. Some of my favourite music by Badly Drawn Boy was on the 10-inch singles he released with the Bewilderbeast album and I hope for fans of my music these singles will have a similar appeal. This is that late night headphone business.”

Have a premiere listen here:

The four track EP is available for purchase via Bandcamp.

Kitt plays a number of Irish and UK dates this year, full list here.

The video for ‘Still Don’t Know’ was also released this week, watch below:

Posted on January 18th, 2018

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Update: Young Hearts Run Free’s Christmas annual Yule show has been moved from Dublin Food Co-op in Newmarket Square in Dublin 8 to The Gloucester Street Recreational and Sports Centre at 21 Gloucester St South (off Townsend street). A suporting wall in the Co-Op has fallen and all events there have been cancelled until it’s fixed.

Young Hearts Run Free’s annual Yule gig is back for it’s ninth Christmas event in Dublin Food Co-op in Newmarket Square in Dublin 8 and like previous years, the lineup will feature live music, performers, chat, poetry, comedy and more.

Yule takes place on Saturday December 9th :Featuring:

And a very special guest to be announced.

Tickets for the BYOB gig are priced at €15+ and available from Eventbrite. All proceeds go to the Simon Community.

Posted on December 7th, 2017

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Castlepalooza have announced the first bands and comedy acts for this year’s festival in Charleville Castle, Tullamore from August 4th to 6th this year (the festival moves back to its original dates this year).

Announced today are:

  • Wild Beasts
  • Girl Band
  • Waze & Oddysey
  • I Have A Tribe
  • Shit Robot
  • David Kitt
  • Lumo Club
  • Heroes In Hiding
  • King Bones

Also announced is the first names for the Laughter Lounge

  • PJ Gallagher
  • Deirdre O’Kane
  • Kevin McGahern
  • Colm O’Regan

More to be announced including the Sunday headliner. Lumo Club will play on the Sunday night.

Day tickets from €59 and weekend tickets from €119.

Posted on February 14th, 2017

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David Kitt released his first album in in his own name in in eight years on New Year’s Day . His seventh album The Nightsaver came out in 2009.

Yous is an understated record, a singer-songwriter record in the vein of his early work. He is accompanied mostly by guitar and the violin and voice of Margie Lewis with some underpinnings of electronics. It was recorded at home with a blend of electronics, samples and live instrumentation (with some additional production by Karl Odlum). Other contributors include Dunk ‘Sunken Foal’ Murphy, Michelle Stoddart (The Magic Numbers) and Robbie Kitt.

A cover of Fever Ray’s ‘Keep The Streets Empty For Me’ is included as is an acoustic version of his ‘Make It Mine’ song from his electronic project New Jackson. First listen standouts include ‘Cling Film’, ‘Like Lightning’ and ‘Still Don’t Know’.

Listen here:

Yous was mastered at Abbey Road and will be released on Bandcamp for one week only, as it will get a proper label-release in September on one of Kittser’s favourite labels. Read an interview with David in the Irish Times with Tony Clayton-Lea.

Posted on January 2nd, 2017

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  • Slick Rick the Ruler @ The Sugar Club (€32.50)
    with live band. A member of Doug E. Fresh’s Get Fresh Crew/ old school hip-hop.
  • Hinds @ The Academy (€17.50)
    Charmingly sloppy indie-rock band from Madrid.
  • Kate Tempest @ Whelan’s (SOLD OUT)
    UK rapper and spoken word artist. 
  • Glen Hansard and Friends @ Vicar Street (€35)
    Glen and friends as it says. Second show this week.
  • Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s (€6, 9pm)
    Acoustic club: secret guests this week.

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  • CUAR & Danny Diamond @ Royal Society of Antiquities, 63 Merrion Square (€15, 4:30pm)
    Cuar is an ensemble led by Neil Ó Loclainn that explores composition and improvisation within the framework of irish traditional music.
  • Beardyman presents: MC Leen & Rob Lewis (Cello) @ The Sugar Club (€20)
    UK beatboxer and live band make up audience songs.

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Posted on November 29th, 2016

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Tuesday November 22

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  • Jess Glynne @ 3Arena (€40+)
    UK dance/pop
  • Wayne Shorter quartet @ National Concert Hall (€35+)
    Respected Jazz performer with band.
  • Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s (€6, 9pm)
    Acoustic club: Heroes In Hiding, Farah Elle, Luke Wade, David Costello

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Monday November 28

  • We-Bloom @ The Workman’s Club (Free)
    new music showcase: Soulé / Melina Malone / Erica Cody
  • Glen Hansard @ Whelan’s (€35)
    Full band show.

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Posted on November 22nd, 2016

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Tuesday November 15

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  • ABC @ Olympia Theatre (€45)
    80s UK pop – Poison Arrow.
  • Dinosaur Jr @ Vicar Street (€30)
    90s alt-rock.
  • Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s (€6, 9pm)
    Esmé Patterson // RUTH // Laura Elizabeth Hughes // Luke Clerkin

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  • Paul Simon @ 3Arena (€76+)
     American Songwriting legend.


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Posted on November 15th, 2016

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  • Lordi @ Button Factory (€26)
    Finish novelty rockers

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  • St. Germain @ Olympia Theatre (€36.50)
     French world electronica.
  • Danny Brown @ The Academy (€26.50)
     Warp Records alt-rapper of note.


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Posted on November 8th, 2016

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The third annual Emigrant Disco returns to Dublin’s Tengu on Friday 23rd December for the first time.

Conceived as a gathering of those who had to leave Ireland post-crash as a way of reconnecting and celebrating “like it was 2008.”

This year’s lineup is a doozy with live sets from John Daly, Shocko alongside DJ sets from David Kitt, Handsome Paddy, Calvin James (Syrias Vibes – donate), John Mahon (Telephones), Jon Averill (Shock World Service), Dave McDonagh (Bixon) and more to be announced.

Tickets on sale now from Eventbrite and you can use the code “nialler9” to get 20% off.

Posted on October 18th, 2016

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David Kitt will release his first solo album in seven years on January 1st 2017. The singer-songwriter has spent much of the last few years operating as electronic producer New Jackson but his focus will return to his original focus when Yous is released digitally on New Year’s Day.

As part of the build-up, David will play some live gigs on an Irish tour in support of the album.

Yous was mastered at Abbey Road and will be released physically on vinyl for Record Store Day  in April 2017. Half of the record was recorded at home with a blend of electronics, samples and live instrumentation and the rest recorded live to tape in Inchicore with Sean Coleman with Kitt on guitar and accompanied by Margie Jean Lewis (vocals and violin).

There will be a special printed album cover for sale at the shows in November with a download code for a special mini album of out-takes and acoustic recordings of older songs.

Tour dates

November 10: The Sugar Club, Dublin
November 17: Wexford Arts Centre
November 18: Shortt’s Waterford
November 19: Roisin Dubh, Galway
November 25: Kasbah Social Club, Limerick
November 26: Connolly’s, Leap, Cork
November 27: Levi’s Bar, Ballydehob, Cork
December 2: St. Luke’s, Cork city.
Tickets on sale now.

Posted on September 22nd, 2016

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Gig announcement updates for this week.

Also announced: All Tvvins, Ham Sandwich, and St. Germain.


The programme for the Alternative Kilkenny Arts (AKA) was announced this week. The festival running from July 28th – August 14th aims to feature alternative creative work. Music wise, that means David Kitt, Mmoths, Rusangano Family, Nick Kelly, August Wells, Yorkston Thorne Khan, Dick Valentine of Electric Six, Mixtapes From The Underground, Frankenstein Bolts and Andy Irvine in venues such as Cleeres, Brewery Corner, Set Theatre and Billy Byrnes.

My wife, Aoife McElwain’s Sing Along Social: Icons edition which recently was a highlight at Body & Soul Festival is there on August 14th. There’s visual art, theatre, comedy and spoken word lined up too. Check the Brochure.


Also announced this week for Electric Picnic:

Anachronica – The Generator in the Woods is a new area in the woods as suggested, themed on a forgotten city with dilapidated buildings (sounds like Glasto’s Block 9?) with “recycled materials,everyday objects discarded from previous generations, salvaged and adapted to turn cogs, pull levers and drive belts, which all connect to other strange mechanical apparatus. Steam hisses and blows out of exposed holes and cracks as the whole mechanism grinds methodically.”

Occupying the area in the afterhours once the main arena is drawing to its conclusion from 10pm will be DJs including:

Friday September 2nd: All City Records Presents kick proceedings off with Subject Dublin’s Lee Kelly, Daire and Sonel and Frank B.

Saturday September 3rd: District 8 Presents taking over the decks: Cailin, Aeron and Rift B2B and Nathan Jones.

Sunday September 4th: Cork’s Sunday Times Presents: Gilbert Steele, Kenny Hanlon and Sunday Times DJs.


Laurie Anderson has been lined up for a residency as part of National Concert Hall’s Perspectives Series 2016/2017 alongside Wayne Shorter Quartet and Chris Thile.

• Wayne Shorter Quartet – 22 November 2016, 8pm
• Chris Thile (Punch Brothers) – 21 March 2017, 8pm
• Laurie Anderson Residency: The Language of the Future to include three new and exclusive performances – 13, 14, 15 May 2017

TICKETS ON SALE Friday 22 July 2016, 10am
National Concert Hall Box Office Tel: 01 417 0000 or www.nch.ie


’90s nostalgia ahoy! Nada Surf play the The Grand Social on Wednesday 2nd November. Tickets €17.50 including booking fee on sale Friday July 22nd from Ticketmaster.


Biffy Clyro play the 3Arena on November 26th. Tickets €46.05 + fee, on sale Friday at 9am


Kevin Rowland is in town on Friday August 5th to play a DJ set alongside DJ Dandelion in The Grand Social.

Posted on July 21st, 2016

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Groove Festival takes place in Killruddery House, Co. Wicklow on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July (same weekend as Castlepalooza), and while the headliners aimed at an older audience than most with the likes of The Blades, The 4 of Us, Ocean Colour Scene and Neville Staple Band playing, Turning Pirate have put together a stage of newer acts worth checking out.

The Hop House 13stage will feature sets from David Kitt, TooFools, Sample Answer, Planet Parade, The Young Folk, Barq, Zaska, Swords and Anderson among them.

The Academic and Elm are also playing the main stage. Tickets from €49.50 for a day pass + fees.

More info on the festival at the Groove site.

Posted on April 18th, 2016

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