Forbidden Fruit 2018 will take over the Royal Hospital Grounds in Kilmainham this weekend featuring sets from Warpaint, Thundercat, Lilla Vargen & more. TLMT counts down its must-see acts at this year’s festival including Spotify playlist and stage times.
Loah – Saturday, 4.15pm
Kicking off Forbidden Fruit 2018 on the main stage with Afro-soul artist Loah and her unique melding of genres and sounds.
Glass Animals – Saturday, 7.50pm
Glass Animals reputation proceeds them as a must-see live act in any context.
Justice – Saturday, 9.30pm
First headliners of the weekend, French electronic legends Justice will be the perfect end of Saturday’s line-up.
Vince Staples – Sunday, 7pm
Vince Staples’ eclectic take on rap made for the acclaimed Big Fish Theory album last year. Staples set will be a highlight of the three-day festival.
Bonobo – Sunday, 9.45pm
Electronic artist Bonobo will bring his individual far-reaching music to the stage at Forbidden Fruit on Sunday night promising an epic end to the day’s events.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Monday, 4.45pm
Sex & Food has marked a far more expansive sound from New Zealand’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra, it’ll be interesting to see how the live set follows suit.
Grizzly Bear – Monday, 7.45pm
New Yorkers Grizzly Bear come to Dublin on Monday as the group tour the sonic tidal shift that is Painted Ruins.
The War On Drugs – Monday, 9.15pm
Currently touring their stellar new album A Deeper Understanding, the War on Drugs will bring both Bank Holiday Monday and Forbidden Fruit 2018 to a fitting close.
Tanjier – Saturday, 2.30pm
Irish electro trio Tanjier will open up this weekend’s Undergrowth Stage, the group deliver a deeply atmospheric take on the genre.
Mango X Mathman – Saturday, 5pm
One of the break-out Irish hip-hop artists of the past year, Mango returns to Forbidden Fruit following last year’s crowd rising set.
Superorganism – Monday, 3.30pm
Wonderfully unique indie-pop eight-piece Superorganism is simply not to be missed. Neither is their recent self-titled debut.
Thundercat – Monday, 6.30pm
Blending funk, soul and R&B into one big sound, Thundercat’s set at Forbidden Fruit this Monday is not to be missed.
Warpaint – Monday, 8.30pm
Firm favourites Warpaint will headline the Undergrowth stage as the band continue to tour their critically acclaimed third record Heads Up which features the stand-out single ‘New Song’.
Sylk – Saturday, 3pm
It’s been a breakthrough year for electronic duo Sylk. Now the pair begins the festival season with a potential scene-stealing slot at Forbidden Fruit.
King Bones – Saturday, 4pm
Another act that could very well make a huge impression on the Bulmer’s Stage this summer. King Bones are a band made for the festival season.
Day_S – Saturday, 5pm
One of the great aspects of the Bulmer’s Live stage is the inclusion of some of Ireland’s most exciting new prospects, Day_S is one such artist.
AE Mak- Saturday, 7pm
AE Mak’s recent single ‘Glow’ and HWCH 2017 set has more than established the act as one bubbling with invention both sonically and artistically.
Katie Laffan – Sunday, 3.30pm
Alt-pop artist Katie Laffan continues to grow and evolve as an artist. Laffan’s set at Forbidden Fruit on Sunday evening will seek to affirm this.
Fehdah – Sunday, 4pm
Fehdah’s unique merging of sounds, influences and styles made for a fully engrossing debut E.P. last year. Perfect listening for summer festival season.
Molly Sterling – Monday, 3.15pm
Molly Sterling’s ‘Plain Static’ marked a creative high point in the songwriter’s burgeoning career.
Ailbhe Reddy – Monday, 4pm
Ailbhe Reddy’s music is made for the carefully curated Forbidden Fruit Monday vibe and will provide a set that plays in nicely with the likes of Grizzly Bear, War on Drugs, etc.
Lilla Vargen – Monday, 5pm
Alternative-pop act Lilla Vargen has garnered much attention from just a handful of single releases. Vargen will continue this momentum with a set at Forbidden Fruit 2018 this weekend.
David Keenan – Monday, 7.40pm
A songwriter on the ascendancy, David Keenan is an artist on the cusp of something great.
Forbidden Fruit 2018 music festival will take place at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, Dublin on June Bank Holiday weekend (2nd to 4th). For more information visit forbiddenfruit.ie.