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MUSIC: Tasty line-up for Fruit festival

FORBIDDEN Fruit, Dublin's first and longest-running city centre festival – is returning for its 10th anniversary on the incredible grounds of Irish Museum Of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

It all kicks off on Saturday, May 30 with Jorja Smith, Peggy Gou, Loyle Carner and Fatima Yamaha.

 On Sunday 31, dance masters Underworld headline with Hot Chip, The Murder Capital and The Avalanches all taking to the stage.

English R&B singer/songwriter Jorja Smith’s soulful, jazz-tinged cadence, heartfelt lyrics, and retro sound invoke names like Alunageorge, Nao, Lulu James, and Amy Winehouse.

The Brit Award winning artist’s debut record ‘Lost & Found’ was released to critical acclaim – and she has collaborated with the likes of Drake, Burna Boy, AJ Tracey, fellow Fruit artist Loyle Carner and many others.

She will be playing her first ever Dublin show at Forbidden Fruit 2020. 

We also love the awesome Peggy Gou, who played her Irish festival debut at Forbidden Fruit in 2017 to a rapt audience.

One of the biggest names in dance music today, the South Korean DJ and producer now returns as one of our 2020 headliners. 

Loyle Carner first appeared on the scene back in 2014, with his debut EP ‘A Little Late’, which cemented him in the UK's rap scene as one to watch.

He followed that up in 2017 with his BRIT (Best Male, Best Newcomer) and Mercury Prize nominated, top 20 debut ‘Yesterday’s Gone’.

He then released his highly anticipated sophomore record, ‘Not Waving, But Drowning’ in April of last year.

His performance at this year’s All Together Now and his sold out Vicar Street show in October of last year were truly something special. This will be Loyle’s first time to grace the Forbidden Fruit stage in 2020. 

Returning for his first show since 2018, Fatima Yamaha is one of many aliases used by Dutch producer Bas Bron, under which he releases understated electronic dance tracks that have a retro, synth-led aesthetic.

The alias originally emerged in 2004, for the release of an EP, ‘What's a Girl to Do’, on D1 Music.

Soon after the EP was released, Bron put aside the Fatima Yamaha moniker to focus on several other pseudonyms, including Bastian, Gifted, and Seymour Bits.

As the years rolled by, the title track continued to circulate, gaining new momentum from various reissues, including a release on Bron's own label, Magnetron Music, and Dekmantel, both in 2015.

By then the record had gained an underground following, resulting in the resurrection of Fatima Yamaha for a string of festival appearances and a full-length debut album, ‘Imaginary Lines’.

Having had no tour dates throughout 2019, this is Fatima Yamaha’s first show announcement to mark his return in 2020.

Underworld, aka Rick Smith and Karl Hyde (pictured right) are at home headlining the world’s biggest festivals and events, playing underground techno clubs and warehouses, sound-tracking theatre productions or taking over art galleries, disused shoe shops, and Japanese department stores.

Having cemented their place in the ’90s underground techno scene, the group’s definitive breakthrough came in 1996 when their timeless anthem ‘Born Slippy (Nuxx)’ became the soundtrack of a generation after it was featured in the film Trainspotting.

From playing a sold-out Forbidden Fruit in 2016 to then headlining the debut year of All Together Now in 2018, this marks Underworld’s return to Dublin in 2020 to headline what will be a very special 10th anniversary for the festival.

Returning for their first outdoor live Dublin show since 2013 is Hot Chip.

This excellent synth pop gang headlined All Together Now in 2019, and now make their Forbidden Fruit debut. 

 Australian mixing maestros The Avalanches will also be taking to the Forbidden Fruit stage for their debut. Fans had to wait 16 long years for ‘Wildflowers’, the follow up to ‘Since I Left You’.

Dublin based five-piece The Murder Capital exploded onto the scene last year in the Irish album charts and are currently playing sold-out shows on their European tour.

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