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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.