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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1st Release – €64.50

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1st Release – €162.50

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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Metropolis Festival will once again host Red Bull Music Academy for strands of conversations, a live stage & afterparties.

Participating this year will be:

Talks and conversation:

  • Neil Barnes (Leftfield)
  • Jazzy Jeff
  • Richard Fearless (Death In Vegas)
  • Pfadfinderei

Live stage

  • Mall Grab
  • Krystal Klear
  • Peggy Gou
  • Or:La
  • Long Island Sound
  • Denis Sulta


Laurent Garnier on Saturday night with more TBA.

Red Bull Music Academy will take place in Berlin next year.

TLC won’t be playing Metropolis; Todd Terje, Jazzy Jeff, Denis Sulta & Mall Grab are

Metropolis announce new acts: New Jackson, Le Boom, Mango, Mix & Fairbanks, ELLLL …

Posted on October 4th, 2017


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Northern Ireland’s only three-day music and arts festival Sunflowerfest has announced its first acts headed for Tubby’s Farm, Hillsborough from 28th – 30th July 2017.

Under the theme of A Parallel Universe, the following acts are playing:

Rubber Bandits
  • King Kong Company
  • Beans on Toast
  • Electric Swing Circus
  • Le Galaxie
  • Malojian
  • Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer
  • OR:LA
  • Ryan Vail
  • Too Many T’s
  • Ben Cutler
  • Brién
  • Chinooq & Stayin Low
  • Chris Hanna
  • Chris Keys
  • Citizen Nobody
  • Clockwork
  • CM88
  • Collate
  • Cursed Sun
  • Damola
  • Daz
  • Decomposing in Paris
  • Dream Awake
  • Electric Octopus
  • Emma Lou & The Agenda
  • Farah Elle
  • Henry Cluney Band
  • Jason Young
  • JC Williams
  • Jika Jika!
  • Lavengro
  • Le Boom
  • Lock Horns
  • Montauk Hotel
  • Mr Mur
  • Oh Boland
  • Paper Dogs
  • Petty Youth
  • Ponyhawke
  • R51
  • Roisin El Cherif
  • School of Rock
  • Single by Sunday
  • Stormzone
  • The Crawling
  • Themm
  • Twisted Sisters
  • Ubblahkan
  • Warriors of the Dystoteque
  • Zlatanera

Sunflowerfest has gained a reputation as a fine independent music festival and features 6 stages of music, interactive arts and some of the finest food NI has to offer (Boojum and more) – all while keeping a close check on environmental impact – via eco-friendly camping options including 100% recyclable, pre-pitched cardboard tents (weighing a sturdy sixteen kilograms sothey won’t blow away).


Tickets for Sunflowerfest start at just £74.95 (includes 2 children, aged 15 and under) and £64.95 for students. Additional bands, artists, and activities will be announced via Sunflowerfest’s website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Notes to Editors:
Online Ticket Portal – Paylogic

The theme of A Parallel Universe means a focus on futurism with festival organiser Micgael Magowan saying:

“Since 2002, over 7000 native trees including beech, birch, ash, alder, willow, hazel, and oak have been planted on-site. “The festival’s electronic music venue ‘The Moot’ and the festivals picturesque Pond Stage were crafted 5-years ago from renewable pine logs.

 We strive to foster a sense of community and connection both during the festival and at Tubby’s Farm generally. While visiting the festival, people from all walks of life can enjoy yoga, meditation, interactive and educational workshops as well as inspirational talks from individuals who share creative and eco-friendly interests. We’re proud to share our home in the countryside – a collective, beautiful, piece of heaven on earth. We are just the caretakers for the generations to come. 

Posted on March 20th, 2017


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Boiler Room returns to AVA at T13 for their third year in a row and the lineup is looking spicy with some deecent Irish and UK talent on the lineup for the day.

Playing live will be:
Ejeca, Denis Sulta, OR:LA, Jordan, Saoirse, DJ Deece, JC Williams (Live) and Twitch DJs.

Here’s the full festival lineup.

To get in you have to have a ticket to the festival, which is a good idea. AVA Festival is on June 2nd and 3rd.

Check out DJ Deece’s Nialler9 Mix.

Posted on March 2nd, 2017


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Ava Festival and Conference announced its lineup for the Belfast-based electronic festival on June 2nd and 3rd.

Playing live and DJing in T13 Titanic Quarter in Belfast will be:

Jeff Mills and Guillaume Marmin’s collaboration – Marcel Dettmann – Bicep – Fatima Yamaha LIVE – Midland – Ben UFO – Job Jobse – Rebekah (Hybrid Set) – Ejeca – Denis Sulta – New Jackson LIVE – Timmy Stewart – TinFoil Live (Sunil Sharpe & DeFekT) – Techno & Cans Crew – Jordan – Hammer – Or:La – Myler – Schmutz – Twitch DJs – Inside Moves DJs – Saoirse – Guerrilla Shout – The Cyclist – Ryan Vail LIVE AV – Swoose & Cromby – MisFit DJ’s – Subject DJs – Alice Meat Free – ELLLL Live – JMX – JC Williams LIVE – Holly Lester – Bobby Analogue – Brién – Nez – Ryan Dallas – Clockwork – Paragon Live – Cave DJs: B2B Kapoor – Jika Jika – GIRL

Weekend tickets from £50.

Read my interview with festival organiser Sarah McBriar.

Posted on January 25th, 2017


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