If you were to look at the Forbidden Fruit line-up as a meal, it would be a colourful array of the freshest, juiciest, most mouthwatering slivers, all beautifully laid out on a tray and waiting for you to pick and choose tidbits at your will.

Some you'll relish and go back for more; others may not be to your taste, but you can't deny that they look pretty nice.

This year's festival line-up has something for everyone spread across three days – so below, we've cherrypicked the acts that you should make it your business to see at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham on June 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

1) SKEPTA | Saturday

One of the originators of the grime genre, London MC Skepta has been knocking around for two decades but it's only in recent years that his contribution to the genre has been recognised on a wider scale. Since winning the Mercury Prize for his 2016, he's gone from strength to strength and is a force to be reckoned with live.


2) ELBOW | Monday

What's not to love about these stalwarts of the modern indie scene? More than mere survivors, Elbow's longevity is matched only by their ability to entertain, largely thanks to Guy Garvey's gorgeous voice and a large helping of top-class singalong indie anthems in their canon. This will be the perfect set to round out the weekend.

3) KOJAQUE | Saturday

His debut record 'Deli Daydreams' was a concept album chronicling a week in the life of a deli worker and was so impressive that it was nominated for Irish Album of the Year. Dublin rapper Kojaque is a seriously charming and charismatic live performer, too – so whether you think you're into hip-hop or not, it's worth checking out his set.


4) JON HOPKINS | Saturday

One of the most quietly influential acts on the electronica scene right now, Jon Hopkins has become well-known for his immersive live shows. Combining ambient electronica with propulsive beats – best heard, perhaps, on his 2018 album 'Singularity' - this will be a set to lose yourself in.


5) SAINT SISTER | Monday

This Irish duo blew us away with their exceptionally self-assured debut album 'Shape of Silence' last year, and they're just as magical live. Morgan McIntyre and Gemma Doherty's eerie blend of celtic folk, indie pop and folk is the perfect sonic palette-cleanser should you need it. Be sure to pencil their set time into your schedule.



One of several big-hitters of the dance scene on this year's Forbidden Fruit bill (Paul Kalkbrenner is also on the line-up), the Frenchman has three decades of entertaining festival crowds under his belt. If you want to see how the experts do it, make sure you catch his explorations into house and electronica.


7) FIRST AID KIT | Monday

It's been wonderful to watch Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Soderberg blossom and grow into artists of note over the last decade or so. It doesn't seem that long ago that they were known for their covers of artists like Fleet Foxes and Bright Eyes; these days, the folk pair are four albums in and killing it with every release. If swoonsome harmonies and singalong folk-pop is your bag, don't miss 'em.



If the sun is shining and you catch Jason Pierce and co. at the right moment, Spiritualized might just be the most blissed-out surprise set of the weekend. The psychedelic space rockers will be playing tracks from their most recent album, 2018's 'And Nothing Hurt' – but you can expect some classics from the likes of 'Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space' and 'Lazer Guided Melodies' in the mix if you're lucky, too.



This young Chicago man may not be quite as famous (or as controversial) as his Odd Future collective-mate Tyler, the Creator – but he's arguably a better rapper. When it comes to alt-hip-hop, the 25-year-old is one of the main players, as evidenced on his third studio album, 2018's 'Some Rap Songs'. You'd be a fool to miss his set.


10) DAITHI | Sunday

Galway man Daithi O'Dronai has become the go-to guy all your ambient electronica needs in recent years. Incorporating a multitude of styles and genres into his set - not to mention the odd bit of fiddle - his albums and various collaborations to date have been absolute thrill rides. We can't wait to see what his Forbidden Fruit set entails.