Forbidden Fruit Festival

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Forbidden Fruit is an annual music festival that take place over the first weekend of June in Dublin


2012 line-up

Music higlights include Leftfield. Bloody Beetroots, Booka Shade, Friendly Fires, New Order, Death Cab FOr Cutie, The Rapture, Death In Vegas and many more.

Comedy include the late night gimp fight, Patrick McDonnell and those attending the afterparties can include fun from the likes of Erol Alkan and Caribou.

The view the full music and non music line-up, click here.

Past line-up highlights

2011 Line-up: The Flaming Lips, Aphex Twin, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Erol Alkan, The Subs, Bombay Bicycle Club, Beardyman, Jaime XX, Tera Melos, Plus many more...


With a name like Forbidden Fruit Festival you know to expect some sort of carnage. Taking place over two days this festival takes place in the grounds of the Irish Museuem of Modern art.

Forbidden Fruit is an inaugural outing and will be on a site that is constructed in the shape of an apple, immortalising the key ingredient behind Bulmers who are partnering the festival organisers POD.

A collaborative fusion of music, art and fashion, Forbidden Fruit will offer four distinct entertainment areas, the main aligned to the core Bulmers Original and three tented areas dedicated to Pear, Berry and Light.

The event has been described as an eclectic affair, with entertainment areas described as a modern day Garden of Eden.

Location and travel

Forbidden Fruit is set on the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8. The festival is less than 15 minutes from the city centre.

There is no car parking at the venue.


LUAS is Dublin's state of the art light rail transit system. Take Red Line to Hueston Station and it is 10 minute walk to East Gate entrance via Military Road. Check out LUAS timetable for more information.

By Bus

Buses to James St (5 min walk via steps to Bow Lane onto Irwin St & Military Rd): 123 from O'Connell St/Dame St; 51B, 78A from Aston Quay.

By Taxi

Taxis will be directed to the East Gate via Military Road, from here it is a 5 minute walk to the festival site. After the event, taxi ranks will pick up outside Heuston Station, which is 10 min walk from Military Road.

Music stages and other entertainment

The “Original Stage” will be nestled in a natural amphitheatre on the site, providing a diverse bill of live music acts appealing to music fans with The Core Bar at the centre of the site. The Bulmers Berry “Undergrowth Tent”; the Bulmers Light “Lighthouse Tent” and the Bulmers Pear “Pear-Shaped Tent” will be placed around the apple shaped site, each with a different offering to festival goers.

When the festival ends each night at 10.45pm festival goers may well still be in the mood to carry on partying. There are a number of after-parties located around Dublin where acts/bands from the festival will be performing.

The festival has been complimented with having an easy to navigate site, with the ease of getting from stage to stage not a stressful experience.

Food and drink

There are numerous healthy food stalls offering a range of produce and plenty of bars located around the festival.