You’ve already got your stage times, your Sunday night afterparty details and presumably, tickets. In addition to all of the regular activity at Forbidden Fruit, here’s a run down of all of the Nialler9-related events happening this weekend. As well as the Forbidden Fruit opening party on Friday night (Win tickets.) and a DJ set in Twisted Pepper on Saturday night at Subject’s 6th Birthday alongside DJ Kormac A/V set, Analogue Cops and more, the big news is Vodafone #centrestage, a Nialler9-curated tent of of talks, interviews and performances on-site in the Vodafone tent on Saturday and Sunday at the festival from 3pm til 8pm each day.
So far it includes interviews with Ghostpoet, Fight Like Apes, Le Galaxie, Everything Everything, Feel Good Lost, Strange Passion, Eoghan Kidney and performances from Daithí and The Mighty Stef with more to come.
3:30pm – Animation in Music Videos 1986-2013: a synopsis
“From whistling Mickey Mouse in ‘Steamboat Willie’ to Sigur Ros on The Simpsons music and animation have been lifelong chums. Tim O’Donovan (aka Neosupervital) of the Oscar-nominated Irish animation studio Brown Bag Films picks a chronological potted history of the best animated music videos and explains the threads that may link them all together. Interview by Simon Roche from State.ie //Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer (High def version)
4:15pm – Performance – The Mighty Stef
An acoustic set of Dublin rock’n’roll band The Mighty Stef including songs from their forthcoming fourth album.
5:15pm – Fight Like Apes interview
They’ve just raised €20,000 on Fundit to pay for their next album which sees the band leave their label, manage themselves and go it alone. We talk to May Kay and Jamie about Doing it for themselves and what comes next. / / Interview with Phil Udell.
6:30pm – Ghostpoet interview
Mercury Music Prize nominee has just released his second album Some Say I So I Say Light. Obaro Ejimiwe talks about his new album, his lyrics and his cross-genre sound. Interview: Niall Byrne
7:30pm – Le Galaxie interview
The best live dance music band in Ireland discuss their favourite albums, tracks and the music that has influenced them. We’ll also be discussing films and soundtracks dear to their love systems. Interview: Niall Byrne
3:00pm – Daughter Interview
Signed to seminal indie label 4AD, London three-piece band make slow-burning folk music that has soundtracked vampire TV shows and beyond. Elena Tonra tells us more. Interview: Niall Byrne.
4pm – Everything Everything interview
Their Whelan’s gig in February was a sellout so their return to Irish shores is highly-anticipated. Before their mainstage slot at the festival the band join us at #centrestage to discuss all and everything including their Mercury Prize nominated debut album and their second LP Arc. Interview by Phil Udell.
5.15pm – Strange Passion – Irish post-punk 1980-83
– Interview with Darren McCreesh about his recent compilation of forgotten Irish music on Finders Keeps Records – Strange Passion: Explorations in Irish Post Punk, DIY and Electronic Music 1980-83. Also featuring members of Choice and Chant! Chant! Chant! Interview: Aoife Barry.
6:30pm – Performance by Daithí
With a debut album coming out on Sony Music and a potential summer pop hit with ‘Chamelon Life’, the Galway fiddle player and producer has transformed his music into a fully-fledged one-man dance pop project. He plays some songs live.
7:15pm – Meet the music video directors – Eoghan Kidney & Feel Good Lost
Eoghan Kidney is one of Ireland’s best music video directors who has made videos for Shit Robot, Fight Like Apes, Valerie Francis and Caribou. Brendan Canty heads Feel Good Lost who, in the last few years has made videos for Young Wonder, AlunaGeorge, Jape, Daithí Float Fall, Giraffage and more. We’ll discuss music video inspiration, show some of their work and more. Interview by Niall Byrne.