- 04 Jun 17
Forbidden Fruit made its seventh return to the grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham this year, with much fanfare made over their Bulmers Live Stage and its Irish-only lineup. It’s appropriate then that young Irish acts set the tone and dominated the opening day.
“If you’re feeling Glory on the keys, raise your hands,” Solbas of Super Silly told us as they opened proceedings on the aforementioned stage - and there was a fair number of hands in the air throughout. Their early set time out the window as the commanding Solbas provided top-notch rhythm whether with his vocals or bass in a set that ranged from BBNG-esque jazzy R&B to jump-around hip-hop.
The afternoon sun had everyone queueing for 99s as it was, but Hot Press yearbook cover star Jafaris was intent on raising the temperature even further. “Who here's on the pull?,” he asked, to wild cheers from the young, enthusiastic audience. They couldn’t keep their eyes off his moves - he’s an expert at the robot - and his band are tight too, with tunes like ‘Keep Your Head High’ demonstrating why he deserved a slot in the big Outcider tent.