Nine acts to see at Forbidden Fruit this weekend

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Nine acts to see at Forbidden Fruit this weekend

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Forbidden Fruit Festival is upon us once again!

Boasting another genre-traversing lineup - from indie behemoth Bon Iver headlining Monday to electronic mastermind Aphex Twin on Sunday - there's a lot on offer at this year's festivities.

As well as hosting international talent, the Bulmers Live Stage will be showcasing entirely Irish artists across the weekend.

Here's who you should make an effort to be getting to the front for:



Nao spent a long time in the shadows, penning tracks and contributing vocals to other artists' efforts. 

But since stepping out with the release of her stunning debut album, 'For All We Know', she's been a tour de force. 

Her back catalogue - a mellow electronic/R&B hybrid - lends well to her buttery vocal play, with the writings talent to boot. 



Drake's new BFF Giggs plays the festival on Saturday.

His menacing verse on Drake's 'More Life' stands out as one of the highlights of the collaborative playlist project, but rest assured the grime MC can deliver heat all on his own.

Leave genre misconceptions - the idea that it's hyper aggressive and toxicly masculine, for example, at the door - and watch someone who truly knows how to control their flow.



Irish hip-hop is finally having its 'moment' in 2017, and Jafaris is one of the artists leading the charge.

The multi-talented 21-year-old reminds unsigned, but his confidence remains bolstered.

This is contemporary hip-hop at it most vivid - go if you like Anderson .Paak or Isaiah Rashad.



Mura Masa

Can you be a super producer at the age of 21?

A big claim, undoubtedly, but Mura Masa isn't far off. His nonchalant interview manner would have you underestimate him, but his impressive repertoire speaks for itself.

He's previously collaborated with Nao on track Firefly - if we're lucky, maybe we'll get a fully booted live rendition?


Fatima Yamaha

A Cinderella story if there ever was one - from a small Dublin label release on D1 recordings to 11 years later, topping the Resident Advisor poll for 2015, Fatima Yamaha is untouchable within electronic music right now.

If you're a sucker for synth lines, this is the one for - notably for What’s A Girl To Do.


Aphex Twin

If you've an appetite for dynamic visual performances, you've probably bought your ticket on the basis that Aphex Twin are headlining on Saturday.

It's expected the Limerick-born producer will be demonstrating his 'intelligent dance music' and visceral style of performance. 

Stand by for the creepiest video of all time ...



Danny Brown

Hip hop has been churning out mega stars over the past few years - so much so that it's understandable that some slip through the cracks.

Danny Brown may not enjoy the level of prominence that his peers Joey Badass and Vince Staples do, but that doesn't take away from his talent.

Brown works with Prince/André 3000 vocals over backdrops that are almost aggressively associated with rock and its sub-genres. 

Expect to participate in the most fun moshpit you'll ever endure.


The Staves

If you're feeling fragile after a hard weekend, rest your weary head on the soft swoons of The Staves.

The folk rock trio know a thing or two about melodies - No Me, No You, No More is particularly enchanting.


Lisa Hannigan

High Queen of Irish music Lisa Hannigan returns as part of Bon Iver's specially curated Sunday lineup.

Hannigan possesses an enviable talent of bringing immense strength to simple songs, while her vocals remain pristine.

Set highlight will be Anahorish - a true Hannigan melody set to poet Seamus Heaney's words.