Bulmers Forbidden Fruit Festival announce Justice, Richie Hawtin, Bonobo, Four Tet [Live] and more

As BULMERS FORBIDDEN FRUIT FESTIVAL once again kicks off the start of the summer on the stunning grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art we are now set to reveal another bout of exciting acts that will take to the stage across the June Bank Holiday Weekend. So, here we go…..

We are pumped to announce the appearance of pioneering DJ, producer, and legend of underground dance music, RICHIE HAWTIN who’ll be bringing his new 75-minute audio visual show to Forbidden Fruit! The show, RICHIE HAWTIN CLOSE – Spontaneity & Synchronicity, explores the relationship between human creativity and innovative technologies that enable the freedom of improvisation. It will challenge the distinction between DJ’ing and live performance and will take you closer to his unique way of performing. Using intimately placed cameras this man-machine relationship unfolds onscreen in real-time bringing the audience closer than before to Hawtin’s intuitive gestures.

Electro maestro Kieran Hebden AKA FOUR TET, brings his LIVE show to Dublin for the first time since Metropolis 2015. His unique sound and melodies incorporate elements of hip hop, electronica, techno, jazz, grime and folk music with live instrumentation, with some of his newer tracks being inspired heavily by techno music. He’s also remixed tracks by the likes of Aphex Twin, Explosions In The Sky, Super Furry Animals, Radiohead and Manic Street Preachers, amongst others.

Listen all, y’all. Next up, a man who needs no introduction – MIKE D, ladies and gentlemen. That’s right, the founding member of the Beastie Boys is coming to town. Rapper, musician, songwriter, drummer, label founder – Mike D will be a DJ set but will also perform songs live. Beastie Boys sold over 50 million records, with seminal LPs like Paul’s Boutique, Check Your Head, Ill Communication and Hello Nasty. Billboard have decreed them the biggest selling rap group of all time – and they are members of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Ain’t no sabotage.

London born Ben Thompson AKA Ben UFO is one of the leading figures in UK bass music today. Known as the “non producer” of UK record label Hessle Audio, his sound is unmistakable. Having carved out a DJ career, he not only tours the European festival circuit, has club residencies, he also has his renowned radio show on Rinse FM. Always ahead of the curve, UFO has been responsible, alongside Pearson Sound and Pangaea, for some of the most varied and groundbreaking releases of recent years.

Electronic afro funk band IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE know how to bring the party! They merge afrobeats, funk, electro, disco with a heavy dose of trumpets and synths. Fronted by London-born Nigerian singer Eno Williams, Ibibio Sound Machine is a clash of African and electronic elements inspired in equal measure. The 8 piece released their second album titled Uyai last year to great acclaim. Here’s a taster track ‘Give Me A Reason’ Prepare to get your dancin’ shoes on!

Here’s a reminder of the already awesome array of acts playing across the Bank Holiday Monday including; THE WAR ON DRUGS who will make a triumphant return to Ireland with their only show here in 2018. We’ve also got Brooklyn 4 piece GRIZZLY BEAR who have grown from humble roots into one of the most acclaimed indie rock acts of late. LA Indie Rock 4 piece WARPAINT will join this magnificent roster. Plus, we’ll be welcoming bassist/songwriter/vocalist Stephen Bruner, aka THUNDERCAT. We also have Austin, Texas’s most esteemed rock ambassadors SPOON taking the stage, fresh from the release of their ninth studio album Hot Thoughts. Finally, we’re thrilled to bring you SUPERORGANISM! The Transatlantic group, who feature a sprawling line-up of international musicians and pop culture junkies.

Plus many more still to be announced.

Day tickets on sale 9am Wednesday 24 January via Ticketmaster

Saturday Day (2nd)
1st Release – €64.50

Sunday Day (3rd)
1st Release – €64.50

Monday Day (4th) ON SALE NOW
1st Release – €64.50

Two Day Weekend (Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd) ON SALE NOW

1st Release – €109.00
2nd Release – €119.00

Three Day (Sat 2nd, Sun 3rd, Mon 4th) ON SALE NOW
1st Release – €162.50


About the Author

UK based former DJ and promoter, co-owner, director, writer & creative at Decoded Magazine. Studied at the University of Wolverhampton graduating in Graphic Communication & Typography (BA Hons). In house video editor and avid MMA follower with a keen ear for dark, twisted, hypnotic, tribal progressive house and techno.