As the return of Dublin city’s finest music festival Bulmers Forbidden Fruit returns to IMMA in Dublin 8, Nialler9 will be previewing the forthcoming attractions in a series of posts recommending acts and offering playlists to see at the festival. Here is a list of 10 homegrown Irish acts to see at Forbidden Fruit on the June Bank Holiday weekend.


AE Mak

Saturday, Bulmers Live Stage

AE Mak are an act that take pride in their live performances incorporating visuals, choreographed dance routines and a full live band to enhance their bright style of music. With releases so far this year such as the ‘Glow’ featuring synths, tribal beats and every soul-stirring vocals from Aoife Mc Cann the live element of this act is not to be missed, to fully experience the high energy ambience that they are capable of delivering.


Paul Alwright

Saturday, Bulmers Live Stage

Paul Alwright who previously went under the name Lethal Dialect released his highly anticipated debut album Hungry earlier this year which featured guest collaborations with fellow Irish artists Maverick Sabre and Damien Dempsy amongst others. The album tackles various subjects such as mental health, self-doubt and critical thought in a true honest tone. Off the back of his album launch in The Workman’s Club last earlier in the month which provided a passionate performance, his live show at Forbidden Fruit will be something to behold.



Sunday, Lighthouse Stage

Derry native DJ and producer Orla Dooley or Or:la has been making waves across Europe of late and this year seeing her with slots at Dekmantel, Melt, Kala, Pulsår and many more. Her live sets promise a lifting mix of techno, house and dubstep and more surprises. She is currently releasing music on her own label Deep Sea Frequency label which she curated in collaboration with Breakwave.


Fontaines D.C

Monday, Bulmers Live Stage

Fontaines D.C have had a busy 2018 so far making their KEXP and US debut earlier this month followed by a number of UK dates including two performances at the Great Escape. 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

Monday, 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. With a Monday lineup packed full of high energy performance artists Lilla Vargen is your chance to gain some soul-soothing before the madness kicks in, plus her voice is truly something special.


R. Kitt

Sunday, Bulmers Live Stage

Dublin DJ, producer and member of the Dip DJ collective R Kitt had a busy year for releases in 2017 with four-track kaleidoscopic house Jigsaw EP on All City’s sublabel Pear and his ‘Down Down Down’ edit which came out on the Orange Tree Edits label. It appears that he is making catch up with himself in 2018 with just two months into this year he released his Tingle EP, an EP fused with a majestic ambience and catching electric energy. R Kitt encapsulates a strong energy during his live performances and encourages people move, so get ready to dance.


DJ Deece

Sunday, Bulmers Live Stage

Kildare native DJ Deece who is also known to many as Niall D’arcy is no stranger to the Irish DJ scene with this year already seeing him play an impressive stint of gigs around the country as well as sharing the stage with DJ Koze, Denis Sulta, Ejeca and a whole lot more. His sets bring a variety of electronic music genres with the one common dominator being floor-filling grooves to get you dancing from sunset to darkness.



Saturday, Bulmers Live Stage

Irish electronic duo Bebhinn Mc Donnell and Taylor Doyle or Sylk debuted with ‘Am I Alone’ last year. The pair bring a dark edgy and energetic energy to their live performances with a live light show and a stage presence that further adds to the ambience of their music. with releases this year such as ‘Girl’ they are an act that are showing a promising direction with their music.


Mount Alaska

Sunday, Bulmers Live Stage

Stephen Shannon and Cillian McDonnell who are former members of Halfset formed as electronic duo Mount Alaska last year. So far their releases such as ‘Outlier’ and ‘Radius’ have been fused with an ecstatic and euphoric energy. So far they have obtained support slots with the likes of Kiasmos and it has been noted theat live sets are enegry fueld not only by the music but form the duo themselves. Their music is uplifting, euphoric and emotive, I can picture the dreamy summer sky to go with it already.



Sunday, Bulmers Live Stage

Mullingar singer-songwriter Flynn is one of the newest recruits to Diffusion Lab. He made his debut just last month with the dancefloor filler track ‘Red Light’ and announced earlier in the year that his performance at Forbidden Fruit will be his first to feature his new live band, an interesting progression is on the cards for this artist.

Forbidden Fruit Tickets

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For a list of stage times and Forbidden Fruit afterparty details go to this previous post.

Posted on May 28th, 2018


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Winner of the IMRO small festival of the year award for 2017 and one of the most endearing festivals in Ireland, Another Love Story is back once more and have announced their music lineup for the festival which takes place at the grounds of Killyon Manor, Co Meath from August 17th – 19th 2018.

The lineup includes:

  • Mammal Hands
  • Cloud Castle Lake
  • The Lost Brothers
  • Ships
  • O Emperor
  • Mount Alaska
  • Somadrone
  • R Kitt
  • Pillow Queens
  • Davy Kehoe
  • Solkatt
  • Dowry
  • Joshua Burnside
  • Anna Mieke
  • Sorcha Richardson
  • Deaf Joe
  • Robert John Ardiff
  • Nava
  • Roe
  • Inni K
  • The Silken Same
  • Sun Collective
  • Attention Bebe
  • Interskalatic
  • Graham Mc Sweeny
  • Simon O’Reilly
  • Royal Yellow
  • The Glasshouse Collective
  • Donal Dineen
  • Eddie Kay
  • Lil Dave
  • My House DJs
  • Bodytonic DJs
  • Nialler9
  • The Als Shift Shack with Cian O’C, Claire F, Emma K, Andrew K, Neil F, Emmet C, Paddy D, Tom R

Tier 4 tickets priced at €190+ are available now via

Other Occurrences :
The Shift Shack | The Library By Yhrf | The Front Room | The Big Stretchy
For Conor | This Must Be The Place | My House Presents : Way Out There |
& More Tba

Regular and boutique camping on offer.

Other Details
Return Bus from Dublin To ALS : €18
Camper van tickets (very limited) : €20
No Sunday camping – event runs 19.00 Fri Aug 18th – 19.00 Sun Aug 20th.
Under 12’s go free accompanied by adult
12-18 year olds are not permitted
Dogs Free!

Posted on April 19th, 2018

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Homebeat are back with a string of live shows for their Spring 2018 programme.

Gigs include:

Christian Loffler, Ensemble at The Sugar Club on February 21st – (Sold Out, limited number of tickets on the door)
Mount Alaska (Live) at Fumbally Stables on March 9th – Tickets priced at €13+ from Eventbrite.
Stimming, Lambert at The Sugar Club on March 14th- Ticket priced at €22+ from Eventbrite
Ryan Vail Album Launch at Dlight Studios on March 29th – Tickets priced at €8+ from Eventbrite.
Carlos Cipa, Occupanther at the Bello Bar on April 5th – Tickets priced at €13+ from Eventbrite.

Posted on February 15th, 2018


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Stephen Shannon and Cillian McDonnell were formerly of the band Halfset but in recent times, they’ve recalibrated themselves and the friends of 20 plus years have been make electronic music as Mount Alaska. that is reminiscent of Moderat and Burial on three previous singles.

Their fourth track on Language Recordings arrives shortly before their set at Metropolis on Sunday at 5pm after Le Boom on the Bulmer’s Live stage and their support slot for Kiasmos at Vicar Street on Sunday, November 5th.

‘Outlier’ is the kind of track that has euphoria running through its veins. In its 6-minute running time, it as the qualities that make the best dance music sing: an outlook that feels positively faced to the future, textures that exhale with the rhythm (with a Jon-Hopkins-esque build) and sonics that transport.

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Posted on October 25th, 2017


Last October, former Halfset members Stephen Shannon and Cillian McDonnell returned to music under the name Mount Alaska.

The duo have a long-standing friendship (having met each other the week McDonnell moved to Dublin in 1994) and Mount Alaska allows the pair to indulge in a fully electronic recording process using analogue synths and equipment.

‘Radius’ is Mount Alaska’s third such track a song that is dense in its production with digital drum hits, undercurrents of cloudy synth lines, stormy vocals and patches of melody lines. It’s like Burial crossed with Moderat.

The duo are planning on playing live very soon.

Posted on July 31st, 2017

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Mount Alaska (Twitter) is a new project from former Halfset members Stephen Shannon and Cillian McDonnell.

Since the band disbanded Shannon has been working as a producer at Experimental Audio studio and composing film scores while McDonnell among other things, started the label Music/is/for/losers.

Now, the duo have returned to making music together under the name Mount Alaska.

‘Sine, Cosine, Tangent’ is our first listen to the outcome of their creative pursuit, a wavey experimental electronic instrumental to be released on Language Records on Monday, November 7th 2016. A second single featuring The Gloaming’s Iarla Ó’Lionáird is due in January.

As it turns out, Stephen and Cillian have known each other for 22 years.

“I met Steve in a club the week I moved to Dublin, in September, 1994,” says McDonnell, “and since then we’ve been digesting, discussing and dissecting music together, on some level. For the last decade we have played in bands together, recorded on other people’s music together, toured as backing musicians together, DJ’d together and experimented making electronic music together.”

“Cillian and I have always wanted to make a purely electronic record,” says Shannon, “and I wanted to make music that made full use of the old synthesizers and machines I’ve been gathering in my studio over the years. We started work in 2012, spending time in isolated places to help us focus. We created dozens of songs, most of which ended up being merely exercises or tests, to find what we were looking for. ‘Sine, Cosine, Tangent’ started out as an experiment, as most of our pieces do.”

McDonnell, a drummer by trade, was keen to get out behind the kit:

“I wanted to steer Mount Alaska towards the dancefloor (which is where my head and heart are at, musically),” he says, “and while Mount Alaska’s songs and structures are very much shaped by contemporary electronic music, our sound is still heavily influenced by the machines and methods utilised by past masters. These new recordings are just snapshots of how we feel about the songs at present, and I fully expect them to morph and evolve once we start to play live in 2017.”

Photograph: Dorje de Burgh.

Posted on October 11th, 2016

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