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Summer 2019 is looking pure STUNNING from where we're standing…why? Well, brand new Forbidden Fruit acts have been announced, and we can't get enough of this amazing line-up.

As if we weren't already hyped up for the upcoming June sunshine with headliners like Skepta, Elbow, First Aid Kit, Jon Hopkins and Mura Masa, there are even more artists on the list to enjoy. 

Among the newbies added are Spiritualized, MEUTE, Franc Moody, HAAi, Peach, Daithi, Prospa, Cromby and Pillow Queens. Absolute fire if we've ever seen it.

The Irish Museum of Modern Art are hosting one very sweet bank holiday this June; hold on to your hats. Space rock overlords Spiritualized returned last year with new album And Nothing Hurt; their first LP since 2012's Sweet Heart Sweet Light.

Their three-decade-long run has resulted in Jason Pierce's band releasing critically acclaimed records with their trademark euphoric-cosmic-gospel fuzz-flecked space-rock sounds.

Also joining the Monday line up are Dublin quartet Pillow Queens, who pepper their tracks with Dublin slang. Their single Gay Girls was released at the end of last year, and we're in love.

Some more Sunday acts include Meute, Daithi, Aussie Dj HAAi and Peach. Meute are an 11-man marching band from Hamburg with brassband, party fiesta records. Daithi is a well-known electronic music producer who is oBSESSED by Irish culture.

The Choice Award nominee combines nature recordings, old Irish samples and analog synths to create a one-of-a-kind type of house music. HAAi is influenced by house, afro, acid, disco and techno, would you believe? She calls on heavily percussive and primal records.

Peach is from Toronto, and is found on internet radio waves and, of course; raves. She's now based in London and hosts a monthly NTS Radio show with creative sets.

Saturday’s line up looks just as tasty.

Prospa are a rising electronic duo named Harvey Blumler and Gosha Smith, from Leeds. They've played Creamfields and ADE for BBC Introducing, with unique reimagining of classic dance.

Cromby is an Irish DJ and producer living in Berlin, with tracks that have been picked up around the world. Pete Tong named Retribution his Essential New Tune in December on his Radio 1 show so he's gonna be BIG.

Franc Moody is a collective of like-minded musicians led by Ned Franc and Jon Moody, and released Dopamine and Super Star Struck back in 2018. They've been garnering attention from underground party and festival goers.

We're so damn excited for these gigs, grab those tickets right now before they're gone.

Weekend tickets start from €129 and day tickets from €69.50, nab 'em here.

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Forbidden Fruit may seem like it's YEARS away (the countdown began a very long time ago), but it's not too long until you'll be soaking up the sunlight in the pure STUNNING grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, listening to top-class music.

Just picture the scene; You're taking in the sweet, sweet tunes with a refreshing beverage in hand, surrounded by your friends and some randoms you only just met (happens every year).

Forbidden Fruit is the green light which indicates the beginning of summer, and it's been building up in popularity over the last few years, and for good reason. The festival draws in some of the biggest emerging talents around.

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They've already gifted us with some seriously amazing acts actress the weekend, including grime hero Skepta, majorly-talented dance artist MURA MASA, Paul Kalkbrenner, Jon Hopkins, Saint Sister, First Aid Kit and many more.

Now they've given us a treat to warm our cold, dead, January hearts; they've give us another wave of uber talented acts who are gracing us with their presence this June; Laurent Garnier, Earl Sweatshirt, Peggy Gou, Ry X, Julien Baker, Kojaque, Mahalia, Honey Dijon, Joy Orbison, Empress Of, Barns Courtney, I Have A Tribe and Midland

Laurent Garnier is a pioneering French DJ making the planet dance for almost 30 years. We're especially pumped tos ee 24-year-old Californian rapper Earl Sweatshirt perform; the former Odd Future member released his third album last year Some Rap Songs and boy, is this guy skilled beyond his years.


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Irish representation comes in the form of I Have A Tribe, Dublin’s own Patrick O’Laoghaire. The lad has two EPs (Yellow Raincoats and No Countries) under his belt and his album Beneath A Yellow Moon.

His intimate folk songs has garnered high praise from the likes of the Irish Times, RTE, NME, Q, Clash and The Line Of Best Fit; he's gonna be BIG.

British R&B soul singer Mahalia is making hr Irish outdoor festival debut, and is fresh on the rise after her release Sober, and work with Rudimental.

Grab your tickets for Bulmers' Forbidden Fruit 2019, tickets onsale via Ticketmaster now. For the full thre-day weekend, prices range from €159 and €169; definitely worth it.

See you there, folks. We'll be passed out by the Portaloos, most likely. 

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Ireland isn't exactly the hotspot for musical talent to visit during the summer, but recently we've been acquiring some absolutely MAJOR acts from around the world.

Some of us may remember the days of Oxygen (Rest in Pieces), but Electric Picnic has taken over as the biggest and most popular festival in the Irish calendar.

Longitude appears to have become the most 'hip-hop' festival in town overnight, who saw that one coming? All the young ones adore it, hence why artists such as Chance the Rapper, Future and AS$P Rocky are headlining it this year.

Oh, and the queen that is CARDI B (gasp)… this will be us when she emerges on stage like the glorious, ghetto peacock that she is:

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Luckily for you, we've decided to do a round-up of EVERYTHING there is to know of 2019's Irish music festivals.

Strap yourselves in, get your raincoat and wellies ready, it's looking like a muddy ride. 

God knows why we all live for summer's music gigs, most of us have had our stuff stolen, our tents destroyed and our dignity abandoned, yet we still come crawling back for more. Must be our dedication to the art, or something?

First up: Castlepalooza: May 3 – May 5 2019

Things have been pretty hush hush this year in Castlepalooza-land. So far, no headline acts have been announced and even the early bird tickets aren't on sale yet.

As far as speculation goes, they normally stick to Irish acts such as AllTvvins and The Rubberbandits, so maybe they'll get Dermot Kennedy or Picture This?

We're assuming it's still taking place in Charleville Castle, Tullamore, but they've changed the dates so who knows. All will be revealed.

Life Festival: May 24 – May 26 2019

For #Life19, some major dance players have been given the green light to DJ, including Giggs, Bicep, MK, Nina Kraviz and CamelPhat. Think District 8 but in the woodlands.

The festival is returning to Belvedere House in County Westmeath for a weekend of phenomenal tunes. There are three days, six stages and a jam-packed line-up.

Chill by the lakeside stage for a more relaxed vibe, or hit the District 8 tent and Main Stage for absolute dance mania.

Vantastival: 31 May – June 2 2019

Known as the last real festival for camper vans and 'legit' music lover families, Vantastival is relatively unknown in some circles but a must-see in others.

Taking place in Drogheda, Co. Louth, the festival boasts comedy shows, craft beer, art installations and a kids' camp for families.

The festival gets some unbelievable talent up to play, and the headline acts this year have already been announced.

King Kong Company, David Keenan, Cry Monster Cry, Just Mustard and I'd Fight Gandhi are all hitting the stages this year, it's gonna be a BIG one for their 10th anniversary.

Forbidden Fruit: June 1 – June 3 2019

Forbidden Fruit has been a steadily growing Irish festival for years, with some well-known as well as emerging talent performing DJ sets in the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham.

Headliners this year are Mura Masa (INCREDIBLE), Skepta, Elbow, First Aid Kit and Danny Brown. They're spreading out the genres this year, bringing in some new and more alternative names.

Tickets went on-sale back in December, but there are still a few left. We recommend grabbing them before they're gone.

Body&Soul: June 21 – June 23 2019

The arts festival takes place in Ballinlough, Co. Westmeath, and it's celebrating it's 10th run this year.

Previous headliners include Nick Cave, but they have yet to tease 2019's fixtures. 

It's a cesspit for creative minds, branding itself as the biggest 'independent' festival in Ireland. They're announcing the line-up very soon, so stay tuned. We're guessing perhaps Christine and the Queens?

Sea Sessions: June 21- June 23 2019

Sea Sessions is well on the rise. The festival is specifically for surfers, and takes place in Bundoran, Co. Donegal for those sea lovers every year.

They've got a STELLAR line-up for 2019: Sigrid (I cried when I saw her, not gonna lie), Clean Bandit and Two Door Cinema Club are the star acts who will blaze up that stage.

This one looks set to be an incredible year, especially if the weather holds up. Tickets are on sale now, but it sells out every year so get on it ASAP.

Longitude – July 5 – July 7 2019

They've just announced some massive names to the chart: Cardi B and Anne-Marie are two unreal additions.

The festival is running from Friday July 5 until Sunday July 7 in Marlay Park, and always gets some pure stunning weather (for once).

The line-ups have DRASTICALLY changed even since 2017, when Mumford & Sons took centre stage. It's all about those rap stars nowadays, who would have thought Irish people would crave the genre so much? Maybe it's just the young wans.

Tickets are back on sale this Friday, February 1 at 9am. Get ready for online mayhem, as Cardi B is sure to attract thousands of eager fans. 


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All Together Now: August 2 – August 4 2019

The festival takes place in Curraghmore House in County Waterford during the August Bank Holiday, so it's always a sure-fire hit.

American indie band The National are the headliners for this year's take; previous performers include Fleet Foxes, Mura Masa, Villagers and First Aid Kit.

Most of the tickets have already sold-out for this year's festival, but there's always DoneDeal? Camper van tickets are also still available, but not much else except the higher priced ones.

Electric Picnic: August 30 – September 1 2019

So E.P. is ALREADY sold-out, as predicted. 

The speculation has begun, seeing as nobody is aware of the line-up as of yet, and we're gonna go ahead and pray that our home-girl ARIANA GRANDE hits the Main Stage. Get your rosary beads out.

Last year saw N.E.R.D, Kendrick Lamar and The Prodigy hit the stage as headliners, and Sigrid and Dua Lipa absolutely smashed it during their performances. We'd love to see those gals return with new albums under their belts.

There you are, gals. The ULTIMATE Irish music festival round-up for 2019…so far. We're tingling with excitement already at the thought of sneaking in all those naggins/cans/wine bottles/shoulders/litres/whatever the kids drink nowadays.

Now all we need is the funds to afford any/all of these amazing gigs. Maybe we could sneak in?

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The first festival of tjhe season is behind us, and while we may still be nursing our hangovers, we're reflecting back on all of the most stylish looks from the Bank Holiday. 

Forbidden Fruit has set a high standard for festival trends going forward – so we collected some of our fave looks for a master post on festival fashion appreciation.

Here are some seriously stylish Irish gals serving looks: 


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We're already more than excited for this summer's festival season, and kicking it all off on the June bank holiday is Forbidden Fruit. 

The early bird tickets are currently flying out the door, and with good reason. 

The festival previously revealed that The War on Drugs would be taking to the stage at the Dublin festival, and now more acts have been added to the line up. 

Richie Hawtin, Four Tet Live, Mike D, Ben UFO, DJ Deece, Ibibio Sound Machine and AE MAK have all bee added to the festival rota. 

The festival, which takes place at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Kilmainham, has also identified which acts are playing on what days. 

Saturday will see Glass Animals, Justice and Richie Hawtin take to the stage. 

On Sunday, Bonobo, Four Tet and Vince Staples will perform for the throngs of festival goers. 

Rounding off the Bank Holiday weekend is The War on Drugs, Warpaint, Thunder Cat, Grizzly Bear and Superorganism. 

We wouldn't miss it. 



We may be in the run up to Christmas, but our minds are already focusing on next year's festival season. 

And who wouldn't want festival tickets for Christmas?

If you're feeling like treating yourself, Forbidden Fruit have already released their early bird tickets for next year's festivities.

Early bird tickets for Forbidden Fruit are already available, according to social media posts by the festival.

If you're hoping on snapping a discounted 3-day weekend ticket, now is your chance. 

The chosen weekend for FF 2018 is Saturday June 2 to Monday June 4 (got to love that Bank Holiday).

There's no word yet on which performers will be playing at the event, but if last year's line up is anything to go by, it's sure to be epic. 

Bon Iver, Flying Lotus and Lisa Hannigan all performed at last year's festival.

Early bird prices start at €109.00 for a two day weekend ticket (Saturday and Sunday) and €162.50 for a three day ticket (Saturday to Monday).



Festivals are famous for many things, like mud, cans and unreal tunes.

Budding romance and pre-martial propositions aren't usually on the minds of festival punters, but there was an exception to the rule at Forbidden Fruit this Bank Holiday weekend. 

Taking to social media, Bulmers Forbidden Fruit Festival announced that one very thoughtful gent popped the question to his girlfriend at the three-day event. 

Dee and Keith met at Forbidden Fruit in 2014, and have been an item ever since. 

Now, exactly three years later, Keith proposed to Dee in the exact spot that they met back at the festival in 2014. 

'This is Dee and Keith who got engaged on Saturday at the very exact spot they met 3 years previously,' said FF.

The very thoughtful proposal happened in front of a carnival ride, and the photo captures all the elements you would expect at a muddy festival. 

We're not crying, you are. 


Conor McGregor made a surprise appearance at the Forbidden Fruit music festival in Dublin yesterday.

Enjoying some down time before his proposed boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, the UFC champion travelled to the event in a blacked out Mercedes bus, sporting a festival-ready look of short, a red shirt and Gucci shoes.


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The Notorious attended the event with filmmaker, Killian O'Sullivan, who afterwards took to Instagram to reveal that even though the MMA star was advised to sty in the VIP area, he chose to party with the crowds in the main arena instead.

Conor was spotted rubbing shoulders with some other well-known faces including Spin 103.8 DJ and Snapchatter, Doireann Garrihy and  Irish vocalist, SOULÉ, who was performing at the festival. 


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The new dad is becoming quite a regular at the Dublin festival. Last year he was spotted enjoying the sun with girlfriend Dee Devlin.

The pair recently welcomed a their first child, a baby boy, whose official Instagram account conormcgregorjr has already gathered over 67,000 followers. 




Festival fashion is an entire style genre of it's own, hallmarked by clashing textures, bright braids, sequin accents, and lashings of glitter.

If you've even been to a festival on the Emerald Isle, you'll know that the style stakes are high, and there is nothing we love more at the SHEmazing HQ than seeing how real women style their covetable festival looks.

Proving that they know exactly what they're talking about, here's a hand picked selection of our favourite looks from Instagram from the Saturday of Forbidden Fruit. 


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Nothing to do this weekend? 

Never fear, there are more than a few amazing events happening in Dublin over the bank holiday. 

Whetehr tou want to bop away at a music festival or take in some of the city's culture, these events have you covered. 

1. Bulmers Forbidden Fruit Festival

In case you have been living under an sound insulated rock, Forbidden Fruit is kicking off this bank holiday weekend. 

Tickets have been flying out the door, after the festival revealed that the likes of Bon Iver, Flying Lotus and Lisa Hannigan are all set to star on the main stage, BUT there are still three-day weekend tickets and 2-day weekend tickets and single tickets available. 

Mura Masa, Bonzai, 67, Icarus and Denis Sultaonzai have also been confirmed to play at the event in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.

2. Ranelagh Gin Festival

If you're feeling like a G&T this weekend, you can head to the second rendition of Ranelagh Gin Festival

Hosted by The Hill pub, there are a number of delicious concoctions to try. 

You can check out the event details here, and we'll see you there, vat of gin in hand. 


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3. Bloom 2017

Bloom Festival, sponsored by Bord na Móna Growise, is blossoming in Dublin this weekend, and there is plenty to see alongside the gorgeous plant life in Phoenix Park.

There will be plenty of food, craft and plant stalls, and with the weather set to remain nice over the weekend, it's the perfect way to spend the bank holiday. 

Ideal for a family day out or the perfect post-brunch excursion. 


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Forbidden Fruit is literally this weekend, and we're already dying to shimmy and shake our way into festival season.

Festival fashion is one of the highlights of the music-filled weekend, and Penneys is giving us life when it comes to amazing pieces to create the look.

Check out a few of our faves:

Gingham T-shirt €8.00, Necklace €6.00, Belt €4.00, Skirt €6.00

 Bodysuit €6.00, Floral top €13.00, Fishnet socks €2.00, Crochet dress €12.00

 Backpack €12.00, Crop top €4.50, Boots €11.00, Shorts €15.00

Crop top €4.50, Sunnies €4.00, Choker set €5.00, T-shirt €6.00



Forbidden Fruit is kicking off festival season next weekend, and we're kind of panicking about what we're going to wear.

A quick dash to Penneys could be just the ticket, as the high street bargain brand is currently stocking heaps of festival-friendly finds. 

Check out a few of our faves:

Red ruffle top €11.00, White crochet dress €16.00, Frayed denim shorts €15.00, Duffle backpack €10.00

 Sunglasses €4.00, Patch shorts €13.00, Gold jacket €23.00, Necklace €6.00

 T-Shirt €8.00, Choker €3.00, Bralette €12.00, Backpack €5.00

Bodysuit €13.00, Necklace €3.00, Crochet dress €10.00, Black denim shorts €13.00