Festivals Reviews

Festival Preview: Forbidden Fruit 2015


Forbidden Fruit 2015
Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8

Forbidden Fruit is one of the first big music festivals of the summer and this May Bank Holiday, although the weather is looking pretty rafty, it’s kicking off with a bang. Tickets are still available and there will be plenty of official afterparties happening around town to keep your weekend as lively as possible. I got to visit the festival site today to see how it will fare for any wheelchair users.


What has it got?

Line up: Fatboy Slim, Wu-Tang Clan, Run the Jewels, Nicolas Jaar, Richie Hawtin, Jamie xx, Groove Armada (DJ Set), Joey Badass, Earl Sweatshirt, Booka Shade Live, Cyril Hahn, Floating Points, Tensnake, Kelela, Mr. Scruff, Matador, Sleep Thieves, East India Youth, Baths, Mount Kimbie (DJ Set), Booka Brass Band and many more.

Size: The site itself is medium in size. It would take maybe 10 minutes to make your way from one side of the site to the other and that’s including navigating through the crowds that will be there.

Terrain: There are two large hills there; down to the Original Stage and down to the Lighthouse Stage. The hills are quite steep so prep your biceps. Elsewhere, it is mostly grass and slightly lumpy ground but there are two tar paths running through the site which will help you avoid the rough, grassy areas.



View of the hill at the Original Stage


Mud: The grass was green and luscious today but if the rain continues the way it’s meant to, you will have muddy patches. From previous experience, the mud isn’t too bad inside.

Toilets: There will be wheelchair accessible portaloos available beside all of the toilet areas. The toilets can be found at the leftside at the front of the Original Stage, beside the Undergrowth Stage and Lighthouse Stage.

Viewing platforms: There is normally a viewing platform to the left of the Original Stage and viewing platforms at the back of the Undergrowth Stage and Lighthouse Stage.

Parking: Cars with a disability badge will be permitted to approach the concerts from James Street and Bow Lane where they will be directed via Military Road to the East Gate and from there to the Disabled Car Park.

Tickets: Tickets are priced at €49.50, €59.50 and €119. According to Ticketmaster, all tickets are general admission and there are no specific accessible tickets or tickets for personal assistants.




About the author

Louise Bruton

Reviewing Dublin, step by step, in terms of wheelchair accessibility. Freelance journalist and pop culture enthusiast.

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