Forbidden Fruit 2019 has come and gone providing an eclectic weekend of live music at the Royal Hospital Grounds in Kilmainham. With a myriad of Irish acts appearing on this year’s bill, the Last Mixed Tape gives its take on the five stand-out performances of the weekend.
The curation at the Someplace Else stage this year (organized by District Magazine) meant for an eclectic mix of artists from the Irish scene. None embodied this sonic array more than Wastefellow. With his warping, contorted beats drawing festival goers into the tent with each song, Wastefellow provided those looking for something a little different at Forbidden Fruit with a set that covered the spectrum musically.
JyelowL was met with heroes welcome at Forbidden Fruit. With a hyped intro to lead him onto the stage, JyellowL had the crowd in the palm of his hand from start to finish working them into a frenzy with tracks like ‘Medusa’ and creating a vibe that perfectly fit the festival Bank Holiday Sunday.
A packed out Someplace Else greeted Soda Blonde, as the newly formed group closed the tent’s 2019 line-up. My first exposure to the band was a wholly worthwhile one. An engrossing melding of alternative-pop with slight flourishes of synth-pop, the music was both captivating in its depth and infectious in its hooky songwriting.
With the sonic sea change of their latest single ‘Is It Too Early (Kilmainham)’ and news of their upcoming NPR Tiny Desk performance, Saint Sister took the stage at Forbidden Fruit 2019 with great anticipation proceeding them. From the outset, the duo more than met expectations as their textural dark-folk sound enrapturing all those in attendance with the delicate harmonies of tracks like ‘Tin Man’ being contrasted by the deep atmosphere Saint Sister create in their live sound.
It seemed a given that Fontaines D.C. would feature here. The band’s transition to main stage conquerers with the added homecoming atmosphere culminated in a performance that commanded the attention. From a blistering rendition of ‘Boys In The Better Land’ to the feral ‘Hurricane Laughter’, Fontaines D.C. confidently asserted themselves as the band for 2019.