Another selection of the coolest acts have just been revealed as the latest additions to the Forbidden Fruit festival – six more reasons to celebrate a sizzling lineup at
Dublin’s city centre music festival.

Heading up the new announcements are the brilliant WILD BEASTS fresh from the release of their fourth album and a triumphant sold-out show at The Olympia last month. Having already announced the Dublin debut of FLYING LOTUS who will be performing his Layer 3 audiovisual 3D show, Forbidden Fruit today announces the Irish debut of THUNDERCAT who will be playing his own show as well as performing with FlyLo, as well FlyLo’s rapping alter-ego CAPTAIN MURPHY.

Also performing over the weekend will be hotly-tipped Dublin duo KID KARATE, London indie rockers TO KILL A KING and a debut Irish show for US beatmaker James Hinton aka THE RANGE.

Full announcement now stands as:

The Flaming Lips, Bell X1, Flying Lotus 3D show, F*** Buttons, Nils Frahm, Thundercat, Captain Murphy, The Young Knives, Kid Karate, To Kill A King, Vann Music plus more to be announced

2 Many DJs, Wild Beasts, Warpaint, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Public Enemy, Little Dragon, Gold Panda, Klangkarussell (live), The Range, Brian Deady plus more to be announced

More info on acts announced today…

UK indie rock quartet Wild Beasts need no introduction. Their fourth album, Present Tense, was released on 21st February 2014. It is a dramatically new album. Gleaming and sparkling with the most intense of 1980s and 1990s electronic sound re-thought and re-tooled with exquisite detail for the 21st century, it doesn’t sound like any boys-with-guitars band you’ve ever heard. And despite the coherence of its sweeping song structures, it wasn’t written so much as meticulously constructed from the ground up from tiny phrases and rhythmic fragments, then it was layered together in the studio by Wild Beasts in close collaboration with co-producers Lexxx and Eno protege Leo Abrahams. Yet somehow it retains all of the coherence that can only come from years playing together in basements and on stages; Wild Beasts have created their own world which the listener has no choice but to enter and immerse themselves in.

Next up – Thundercat. Stephen Bruner takes his jazz roots and works with a mix of artists that suit his wildly experimental sensibilities – ranging from Flying Lotus (already on the festival lineup), Erykah Badu, and Stanley Clarke, as well as more recent collaborations with Wiz Khalifa and Earl Sweatshirt, to name but a few. After meeting and touring with Flying Lotus, the two artists collaborated on Lotus’ 2010 LP Cosmogramma on the track “MmmHmm.” Their kindred sense of musicality led to Thundercat’s 2011 solo debut The Golden Age of Apocalypse, co-produced by Flying Lotus, which opened Bruner up to a new stratosphere of songwriting and artistic exploration. In 2013, Thundercat teamed up with executive producer Flying Lotus once again, to form a profound body of work for his second album, Apocalypse.’ Forthcoming on Lotus Brainfeeder imprint this July, the album straddles lines and pushes genres further, blurring the confines of pop, funk, electronica and prog rock, and creating something else entirely. Both vulnerable and fearless, a comedy and tragedy, Apocalypse is an intimate portrait of an artist who will continue to take music to a new place; the beyond.

When Captain Murphy first popped up in early 2012, the internet was filled with whispers concerning the identity of mysterious rapper. Well, turns out he’s Flying Lotus. The producer revealed himself as Captain Murphy at his alter-ego’s debut live show in Los Angeles. Considering that Murphy made one of his earliest appearances on a Flying Lotus track “Between Friends”, it wasn’t a huge surprise.

For his first act without the veil, Captain Murphy released a deluxe edition of his debut mixtape, Duality, initially released as a 34-minute short film featuring songs performed by Murphy as well as archived cult footage. Overall the mixtape/record was a killer debut, the beats maintain a constant intrigue; never settling but always finding a pocket you’d think could last for days. The beats are groovy, lo-fi, and jump around from 70′s psychedelica to contemporary minimalism.

2013 was undoubtedly Kid Karate’s year, with good things coming thick and fast for the Dublin duo over the last year. They’ve achieved so much that it deserves a recap: they went to the Great Escape festival in Brighton in May, hooked up with an agent, played The Camden Crawl and Body & Soul Festival, released the Lights Out EP in July, premiered their new video for Two Times on Pigeons & Planes, toured the US all summer, went to Berlin Music Festival in September, then spent a month on the road touring the UK. Since being back on Irish soil, they’ve had their music appear on new videos for the North Face and Converse. They went to Trans Musicales festival in France, in January 2014 they headlined Eurosonic Festival, and in February toured with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in France. This, people, is what happens when you write brilliantly unfussy rock songs and find the right people to work with. It wouldn’t happen for just anyone, but it couldn’t have happened to nicer people.

To Kill A King are a London five piece deal in the sort of indie rock that both has enough pop sensibility to propel them onto BBC radio playlists and ‘ones to watch’ lists around the world, as well as the integrity and songwriting ability to make them stand out from the crowd. ‘Cannibals With Cutlery’ is the band’s long-awaited debut album and fits perfectly into the category of albums that one falls in love with after pretty much three minutes.

The Range is James Hinton, 25, of Providence, RI. He’s been making music since he was 13, first on a little Fostex machine recording looped drums and synthesizer. At Brown University, while studying Physics, he started making electronic music full time under the alias Stegosaurus, producing two albums under that moniker, ‘Quill’ and ‘Cower’ in 2009 and 2010 respectively. In the mid 2010 he started making music as The Range, drawing from more percussive footwork sounds. An album ‘The Big Dip’ followed for Astro Nautico (co-run by Obey City and Kuhn) in 2011, and then two EPs ‘Seneca’ and ‘disk’ for Donky Pitch. His next album ‘Nonfiction’ was released in October 2013 and was described by XLR8R as “One of 2013’s biggest surprises, an eclectic album full of highly melodic, beat-driven electronics that only grew more lovable over time.”

Forbidden Fruit returns once more to the beautiful grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, having become truly synonymous with the June Bank Holiday weekend in Dublin’s city centre. It is now firmly fixed in the festival calendar as the one to kick-start the Summer. The coolest acts across four stages offering a wide selection of different styles of music, old and new, to suit all tastes. You can expect the usual cacophony of great cutting-edge sound, comedy, art, good food and general feel-good festival fun.

The Flaming Lips, Bell X1, Flying Lotus 3D show, F*** Buttons, Nils Frahm, Thundercat, Captain Murphy, The Young Knives, Kid Karate, To Kill A King, Vann Music plus more to be announced

2 Many DJs, Wild Beasts, Warpaint, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Public Enemy, Little Dragon, Gold Panda, Klangkarussell (live), The Range, Brian Deady plus more to be announced

“A festival like this has been a long time coming, one that combines music, art and simple good vibes into a two-day city-based event.” Irish Times.

Forbidden Fruit 2014
The City Centre Multi-Stage Music & Arts Festival
June Bank Holiday Weekend / Saturday 31st May & Sunday 1st June
The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin
Tickets on sale from EU59.50

New additions to Forbidden Fruit Line-up announced today: