- 04 Jun 19
Guitars dominated on the final day of this year's Forbidden Fruit.
Despite more than a few sore heads and the occasional downpour, the last day of Forbidden Fruit boasted some of the top performances of the weekend - with a rock-centric line-up featuring some of the most exciting emerging talent currently on offer in Ireland.
The considerably mellower crowd was treated to a captivating performance from Saint Sister in the Undergrowth tent, which saw the Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre exploring the depth of their Celtic harp-infused electronic indie-pop. After a set that drew from their debut, Shape Of Silence, the duo launched into a moving rendition of The Cranberries' 'Dreams', based largely on their own stunning harmonies.
Pillow Queens soon changed up the pace with their irresistible, high-energy rock sound. A missing capo and a broken string aside, the Dublin band brought a raw presence to the stage, and shined particularly bright on fan favourites 'Rats' and 'Gay Girls'.
On the Original Stage, Fontaines D.C. (pictured) celebrated their newfound international success in the wake of Dogrel with a set that easily took the title of performance of the weekend. With his trademark nonchalance and a cigarette in hand, frontman Grian Chatten fearlessly delivered what felt like a homecoming gig for the lads. During crowd pleasers like 'Too Real', Fontaines D.C. sparked a mosh pit that managed to rival the wild scenes at Danny Brown's set on Saturday. Undoubtedly, Grian's defiant cry on 'Big' - "Dublin in the rain is mine" - never rang truer.
Back at the Someplace Else x District stage, Faye O'Rourke of Little Green Cars' rebirth as the frontwoman of indie-pop outfit Soda Blonde was an inspiring sight to behold. Cheered on by Wyvern Lingo in the front row, Soda Blonde's charismatic and emotional brand of pop gave a taste of what to expect from them in the coming months.
Whether you considered yourself a diehard fan or a casual spectator, headliners Elbow capped off the weekend with a set that displayed their undeniable talents as a live band. Their showmanship thrived against a backdrop of big light displays and plenty of classic hits.
Take a look at our review of Saturday and Sunday here.