The beloved festival-on-your-doorstep, Dublin city centre’s multi-stage music and arts festival, FORBIDDEN FRUIT, is set to return for its fifth installment on the June Bank Holiday weekend, 29th – 31st May 2015.

The beautiful grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art play host once more to the growing three-day frolic, which has become firmly fixed in the gig-goers calendar as the grand-opening to the festival season, and the official start of the summer.

Now with over 70 acts across five stages (Original Stage, Undergrowth, Lighthouse, Someplace Else, and The Workshop), offering a wide selection of different styles of music, old and new, to suit all tastes, you can expect the usual fruity cocktail of great cutting-edge sound, comedy, art, good food, and festival fun.

Some tempting new additions to this years festival include The Workshop Stage, (new band stage), a new Odessa Vodka cocktail bar, and the Glastonbury favourite, The Inflatable Church Collective, among other things. And we’ll see a return of the ever-popular Bulmers Lounge.

Organisers are very excited to reveal just a mouthwatering taste of the festival line-up, beginning with FATBOY SLIM, the man who almost single handedly took dance music from the clubs, into the living room, and to the top of the charts in the 90s and 2000s. Next up are revolutionary rap group WU TANG CLAN, finally set to re-appear on stage together, with the surviving original members reunited, and armed with new album, “A Better Tomorrow”, – their first full-length in seven years.

Seminal Berlin house legends BOOKA SHADE make a welcome return to the festival, playing their incredible live show, while Manchester’s inimitable MR SCRUFF will bring his trademark visuals and bewildering array of infectious beats to Forbidden Fruit for the first time.

Joining Wu Tang on the rap bill are some of hip-hop’s hottest newcomers- EARL SWEATSHIRT, the 20-year old phenomenon from Los Angeles, and JOEY BADA$$, the online sensation, whose massively anticipated debut album has just come out this week. Also announced are hip-hop duo RUN THE JEWELS, who have recently released what critics have called “the hip-hop record of the decade”.

For the electronic fans out there, our initial announcements include hotly tipped young Dutch DJ and producer, BAKERMAT, and Belfast techno master EJECA. Swiss remix wunderkind CYRIL HAHN also returns to the festival, while London electronic duo DUSKY, and homegrown superstar dj MATADOR will keep the slick beats coming.

Ever-expanding, Forbidden Fruit will be a three-day festival this year, with acts across every genre to be announced over the coming weeks. Stay tuned for our initial indie and comedy announcements, as well as many more top-quality acts of a similar flavour to above.

Early bird weekend tickets go on sale at 9am on Thursday 29th January at €99.50 inc booking fee, through Ticketmaster and usual outlets.

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Fatboy Slim (aka Norman Cook) has successfully helped take dance music from the clubs, into the living room, and to the top of the charts – earning him a unique place in the public’s heart along the way. Across four acclaimed albums – “Better Living Through Chemistry”, ‘”You’ve Come A Long Way Baby”, “Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars” and “Palookaville”, Fatboy has sold over 8 million albums, and his music has defined a genre, giving him the platform to become the worlds biggest DJ. As a solo electronic act, he has won ten MTV Video Music Awards, two Brit Awards, a Grammy Award, and the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.

Armed with new album, “A Better Tomorrow”, – their first full-length in seven years – all nine surviving original members of revolutionary rap group WU-TANG CLAN are finally set to re-appear on stage together, for selected tour dates in 2015. The impossibly influential Staten Island hip hop collective have been variously called the “best rap group ever” (Rolling Stone), “number 1 greatest hip hop group of all time”, and “one of the most influential groups of the last decade” (NME). The recent release of their new music video for their album’s title-track successfully captured some of the frustrations with the US justice system, featuring footage from the recent protests in Ferguson and New York.

Seminal Berlin-based house duo BOOKA SHADE (LIVE) have emerged as one of the most pioneering electronic music acts of the past two decades. They have earned a huge live reputation with their substantial and innovative live shows, and were named by Resident Advisor as one of the world’s Top 5 live acts. Booka Shade are highly sought after remixers, lending their magic touch to artists such as Depeche Mode, Moby, Yello, Hot Chip, Kings Of Leon, Tiga, and The Knife. Their fifth studio album “Eve” was released in late 2013.

The unforgettable MR SCRUFF is back after a 5-year wait, with his new album, “Friendly Bacteria”, released last year. Prepare for one of Scruff’s famously long dis sets, filled with a bewildering array of infectious hip hop, jazz, house, reggae, dub step, breaks, afro, and latin beats & other unclassifiable goodies. Accompanied as always by his trademark visuals.

EARL SWEATSHIRT is a 20-year-old Los Angeles rapper-producer, and member of hip hop collective Odd Future, who shot to prominence after gaining massive attention and critical praise with his self-released debut mixtape, “Earl” (2010). The young rapper was quickly signed to Columbia Records, and released his debut studio album, “Doris” in August 2013. Upon its release, “Doris” was met with universal acclaim, including perfect scores by The Guardian and Los Angeles Times, which extolled Sweatshirt’s rhyme schemes and lyrics, along with the intensely gritty underground production. The album debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200, and number one on US Top Rap Albums chart. In September 2013, Complex named Sweatshirt the tenth best producer in hip hop. Sweatshirt’s eagerly awaited follow-up album is due for release this year.

Red-hot hip hop newcomer JOEY BADA$$ will finally release his highly anticipated debut album, “B4.DA.$$” later this month, on January 20th 2015. The 19-year-old New York rapper and his hip-hop collective “Pro Era” have inspired massive interest since 2012, when Joey started to release a series of astonishing mix tapes and EPs, becoming an online phenomenon. Badass’ debut album features a number of big name collaborators, including Kiesza, Chronixx, and Action Bronson, and some extraordinary producers, such as Statik Selektah, DJ Premier and, most notably, J Dilla, alongside The Roots.

Phenomenal hip-hop duo RUN THE JEWELS were formed in 2013 by New York City-based rapper-cum-music producer El-P, and Atlanta-based rapper Killer Mike. On it’s release last year, their excellent sophomore album “Run The Jewels 2” garnered universal acclaim, pushing it towards the top of many year-end polls far beyond purely hip-hop circles. El-P’s twisted, anti-rhythmic noise proved again to be the perfect backdrop Killer Mike‘s politically-charged raps. RTJ2 has been held up as one of the best hip-hop albums of the past decade, and was rated as The Independent’s “best US hip-hop releases of 2014”, The Guardian’s “best hip-hop of 2014”, Consequence of Sound’s “artist of the year”, and features on innumerable other top albums lists for 2014.

Hotly tipped young Dutch DJ and producer, BAKERMAT, has had a meteoric rise since he came on the scene two years ago. Causing a stir with his unique and joyful jazz and soul-infused intelligent deep house beats and minimalist techno, Bakermat has enjoyed huge chart success in Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, and France, and is set for global domination when his debut album is released this year.

Belfast-based EJECA experiments with multiple genres, including disco, garage, deep house, and techno, with his trademark vocal-driven emotive sound abundant throughout his productions. After years of diverse output, Ejeca’s big break came in late 2012 when two of his tracks were named “Essential Tune of the Week” on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 show. Now firmly established as a reputable purveyor of high quality house and techno, 2014 marked a further step up in Ejeca’s career, with preparations well underway to unveil his new record label, “Exploris”, alongside his worldwide DJ tour schedule.

Swiss pop-minded producer CYRIL HAHN emerged in 2012 as the hot new remix wunderkind- the go-to DJ if you want your track sexed-up. Crowd favourites include his take on Solange’s “Losing You”, a vibey, upbeat refix of labelmate Jessie Ware’s “Sweet Talk”, and his take on single “Rafstraumer” by the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós. Cyril’s debut single “Perfect Form” instantly became one of 2014’s summer anthems.

Dublin-based MATADOR (aka Gavin Lynch) was anointed Best Live Performer 2014 at this year’s DJ Awards. His rise over the last three years as a techno master-producer both at home and internationally has led to him finding a home at Richie Hawtin’s prestigious Minus label. 2014 saw Matador’s “Versions” EP come to light, inspired by the many sounds that influenced him as a young DJ, the EP gave new life to a number of seminal dance tracks including most interestingly The Chemical Brothers’ “It Began In Afrika”. A new EP on Minus is imminent, and an artist album for 2015 has been confirmed.

London electronic duo DUSKY are beloved for their high quality house and techno sound, influenced by everything from jazz to classical, and to avant-garde electronica. Last year, they released their “Love Taking Over” EP, the first on their own 17 Steps label. The track was debuted on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, and picked up further support across the station from Pete Tong, Danny Howard, and Rob Da Bank, among others. The duo were voted as DJ Mag Best British Producers in 2013.

Plus many more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Forbidden Fruit 2015

The City Centre Multi-Stage Music & Arts Festival

June Bank Holiday Weekend / Friday 29th – Sunday 31st May

The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

Early Bird Weekend Tickets at EU99.50 on sale this Thursday 29th January

www.forbiddenfruit.ie