Bucketing rain, epic sunshine, muck up to your elbows and smiling faces – it could only be the first Irish festival of the summer, Forbidden Fruit 2012. Although we didn’t manage to get to every gig, here are some of the highlights!
As the weather took a turn for the worst, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, who were playing on the main stage, raised the spirits of the Saturday crowd with their own brand of hip hop brassy jazz fusion. We took shelter in the Lighthouse tent for a bop to Bookashade, dance music at its finest, with audible influences from across the spectrum, classical to rock and jazz to dubstep. We returned to the mainstage to pay homage to the fore fathers of dance, Leftfield, who put on a spectacular show that the torrent of rain became totally incidental. The Rapture, another highlight for us, gave us a mind blowing rendition of How Deep is Your Love? and the crowd went crazy! For us, New Order was the one to see and the performance of Blue Monday (a song that was released the week I was born interestingly enough!) was welcomed by an elated audience. They ended the set with one of the best ‘one more toons’ we could have asked for, Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart.
If you missed out, then watch it here: