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Thursday 8 December 2016

Festival fans pray for blue skies as Forbidden Fruit kicks off season

Paul McLoughlin; and Sophie Shannon
Paul McLoughlin; and Sophie Shannon
Wu Tang's Rza

It seems summer is officially here as festival season kicks off this weekend with Forbidden Fruit returning to Dublin.

Music fans will be praying for blue skies as the finishing touches are being put into place at the site on the scenic grounds of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham before the hotly-anticipated event kicks off tomorrow.

The three day music extravaganza, which is now in its fifth year, will see 70 acts perform on five different stages.

The bank holiday weekend event is the first festival of the year, setting the tone for a music-filled summer.

The historic Dublin venue will be open to festival goers from 4.30pm tomorrow, with DJ superstar Fatboy Slim headlining the opening night.

Legendary American hip hop group Wu Tang Clan (pictured) will take to the stage on Saturday, along with popular acts including Jamie XX and Joey Bada$$.

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On Sunday, crowds can look forward to classical tunes courtesy of the Trinity Orchestra, before rocking it out to indie and dance acts like Richie Hawtin, Run the Jewels and Matador.

For comedy lovers, Savage Eye star David McSavage and podcast star Jarlath Regan are among the big names added to the bill to play this year's comedy stage.

There has been some changes to the layout of the festival this year, including the addition of a new band stage and the Forbidden Spirit Cocktail Bar.

Punters can leave their tents at home as Forbidden Fruit is a no-camping event, but the there are official after-parties in the city centre hotspots for night owls hoping to party into the small hours.

Revellers can avail of free transport to and from the Dublin 8 venue, located on the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, with organisers Bulmers running shuttle buses from Dame Street over the weekend.

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