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20 Years of the Irish Singles Chart

Linda Coogan Byrne and her team over at WhyNotHer have put together a startling report on the state of the Irish Singles Chart over the last 20 years and how it practically ignored Women and BIPOC.  It's an incredible piece of work, one that, had all things been fair and equal, should never have had to be complied. Unfortunately, like most things, the Irish Music Industry isn't a fair and equal place... Anyway, don't take my word for it, click here to read the report.

2019-06-03 Forbidden Fruit Festival - Royal Kilmainham Hospital

I could have sworn I'd posted some photos from the Monday of Forbidden Fruit Festival, but it appears I haven't.  Maybe I did and I deleted all evidence of it, who knows... Sure I'll just back date thios post and no one will ever know...

Anyway, I ended up getting a ticket for the Monday of Forbidden Fruit.  It was quite a diverse crowd ranging from mid teens to mid 80s, but everyone looked to be having fun. It's a pity no one told the rain to stay away, but it didn't dampen spirits too much.

So, where do I start?  Well, I started the day with Saint Sister.  I'd not seen them perform before, but I'd heard their music.  In a world that seems to spin too fast sometimes, Saint Sister offer an escape.

Next up were Pillow Queens. Wow... Just wow.  Fast, frenetic, a little crazy, lots of fun.  What's not to like about them?  Brilliant set by a brilliant band.

After that, I headed off the see RY X.  I'd no idea who he was before, I've no real idea who he is now, but he looked like Jesus in a cowboy hat and that made all the difference!  Would I have went to see him if it wasn't raining? Probably not, but that would have been a mistake!  Well done rain, well done!

The real reason I was at Forbidden Fruit was to see the incredible Fontaines DC.  These guys are going to be massive. Phenomenal live performance, great songs and a frontman who looks like he has a ball of rage inside ready top explode.  Absolutely loved their set!

It was raining again, so off to the tents I went to catch Spiritualized.  I have vague recollections of them from the '90s, but that's me and the '90s, it's all a bit of a blur!  But again, really enjoyed their set.

I've seen Elbow a few times before and they do put on a good set.  They've a few crowd pleasing singalong songs also, so that always helps.  Fine set, nothing to get excited and write home about, t'was grand...

Anyway, that's it, that's the Monday of Forbidden Fruit Festival 2019. 

Check out the photos below:
Saint Sister
Pillow Queens
RY X
Fontaines DC
Spiritualized
Elbow

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