One of Ireland’s leading gatherings, Forbidden Fruit Festival celebrates its 7th anniversary this weekend, but things have changed since its first edition back in 2011. Taking place on the grounds of Royal Kilmainham in Dublin City, it is the ideal location for the people of Dublin. The lineups have changed over the past seven years as you can imagine, and it goes to show how the festival is so good at switching things up and keeping it relevant.

Below is a list of headliners and relevant artists who’ve played Forbidden Fruit since its birth.

2011 – Aphex Twin, Caribou, Erol Alkan, Jamie xx, The Subs

The birth of something special, and what a line up to start off with, spanning across many genres. What made this festival such a success from the get go wasn’t only the line up, but how close to home it is for us Dubliners – it’s within walking distance for many around the city. Also, once we see Aphex Twin on a line up we are sold.

This year looks like a mixed bag for genres, balancing out weird alternative rockers like The Flaming Lips, Yo La Tengo, and Battles with a hint of electro that would have been popular at the time, with The Subs, Erol Alkan, and Carte Blanche.


2012 – Leftfield, New Order, Modeselektor, Booka Shade, The Magician, Bloody Bleetroots

Just before we get into this line up, take a look at how low down The Magician was. Just the other day he was a headliner of Life Festival 2017, crazy how times change. 2012 was a big year for the festival, taking the step up to a three day event. Legends like Leftfield and New Order headlined and the tickets only came in at €115, this was a year to remember.

Still a big focus on indie music at this time, particularly on the Monday lineup, but we can see that dance music was becoming a draw with 2/3 headliners getting the crowd to move, even if they’re from an older generation.


2013 – Four Tet, Crystal Castles, James Blake, Cyril Hahn, Chic, Daphni

Switching it up this year because of claims they were bringing a ‘dance music’ crowd to Kilmainham, they introduced Kasabian, James Blake and more. What I love most about this year is the way they still managed to put together a stellar dance line up including Four Tet and Cryil Hahn. Well played.

Although dominated by rock, soul and other genres, we have to give credit where it’s due and they still showed up on the dance music front, despite the critics.

2014 – The Flaming Lips, 2manydjs, Bell X1, Klangkarussell, Flying Lotus, Public Enemy, John Heckle

The like previous year, they changed back to two days. Our favourite thing about this year was The Lighthouse Stage curated by Dublin collective Abstract. John Heckle, also know as Head Front Panel stole the show! Of course, we couldn’t end this year without mentioning the ever so talented 2manydjs. These guys know how to get the crowd moving and they certainly done that.

I know, you thought I was carrying on without mentioning Public Enemy. When these Hip Hop legends were announced it surprised us all, but we’ve all got a soft spot for some old school Hip Hop.

2015 – Fatboy Slim, Nicolas Jaar, Wu Tang Clan, Richie Hawtin, Jamie XX, Groove Armada, Maya Jane Coles, Adam Beyer, Mount Kimbie, Ejeca

Woah! No one was expecting the line up to be this huge in 2015. Not only did they come back to a three day event, they put a line up together that made most others look like tadpoles. Go on a journey with Jamie XX, get sweaty with Richie Hawtin and even spit lyrics with Wu Tang Clan, it had it all.

In my opinion, this was the year that took Forbidden Fruit to a whole other level. I can only imagine how much money it cost to put that whole line up together. They really did make a statement with this poster.

2016 – Dizze Rascal, Tame Impala, Underworld, Jackmaster, Skepta, Tale Of Us, Maya Jane Coles

Forbidden Fruit are known to switch it and book many different acts from many different genres, and 2016 was a perfect example of why they are so good at it. The line up speaks for itself, but the stand out performances for us were from Skepta and Jackmaster. On the back of his Konnichiwa ablum, Skepta really got the crowd going, and I speak fro everyone when I say Jackmaster is one of the most talented DJs in the world and always steps up to the plate.

Funny story that probably has no relevance to the festival itself, but I arrived at the afterparty that Jackmaster was playing at and he was laying flat on the ground drinking milk and eating Reeces cups. What a character.

2017 – Oribtal, Aphex Twin, Bon Iver, Nicolas Jaar, Moderat, Maceo Plex, Booka Shade, Mall Grab, Maceo Plex, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Denis Sulta, Kink

We are just two days away from this year’s edition of Forbidden Fruit and it is looking like the biggest one yet, especially from a Four Four point of view. We are literally spoilt for choice. Aphex Twin makes his return, Orbital reform, Bon Iver doing 40 minute jam session, Aussie Mall Grab makes his debut, there are so many special things at the festival this year.

So there it is, the full history of Forbidden Fruit. I may have missed a couple of hidden stories along the line, but that is what the comments section is for! Tell us all your stories, we’d love to know. Tickets are said to be on route to selling out for this year’s edition, so you should grab yours here.

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