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Forbidden fruit tastes sweet with a great line-up and a soft bed

There's something almost wrong about attending festivals in the city centre. I said almost. Back in one's wild youth, the notion of heading off for a couple of days roughing it in a field and being subjected to the elements may have held appeal for some, but now that it's possible to take in a full line-up and still be back in your own bed at a decent hour there's simply no contest.

This year the organisers of Forbidden Fruit have assured punters -- and pinters -- that the delays which plagued the bars over the past two years have been sorted and the venue in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham is ready to go.


Saturday is the more dance-oriented day, with Leftfield headlining, but Sunday and Monday's headliners are very special. The rumours that this may be New Order's last outing makes it a not-to-be-missed opportunity. Their iconic bassist Peter Hook may have departed in acrimony, but Barney Sumner, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert are still there. Recent set-lists show them concentrating on their peak period -- Bizarre Love Triangle, True Faith, The Perfect Kiss and Love Vigilantes -- with Joy Division classics thrown in.

On Monday, the bill offers Mazzy Star, Beirut and James Vincent McMorrow but, for many, the day is all about American legends Wilco. Jeff Tweedy & co have recently released the outstanding The Whole Love, a collection which pulls the strands of their musical influences into an intriguing and beguiling whole. Wilco should put the cap on a memorable weekend.

>george byrne

Tickets for Forbidden Fruit in Kilmainham are still available