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Body & Soul is back for its sixth year in Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath for the Summer Solstice weekend of Friday June 19th to Sunday June 21st.

First here are the all-important first names:

Flight Facilities, Savages, Ásgeir, Austra, Goat, Nightmares on Wax, Rhye, Lamb, Matthew E White, Dan Deacon, Talaboman (John Talabot and Axel Boman), James Holden, Clark, SOHN, Mmoths, Brandt Brauer Frick, Songhoy Blues, Natalie Prass, Shit Robot, Alo Wala, Oy, New Jackson, Jonathan Toubin, Meltybrains? King Kong Company and Grounds For Invasion.

All of last year’s stages are expected to return and more names will of course, be announced soon. Meanwhile if you want a taste of Body & Soul, they are putting on Eriu on Monday in IMMA.

Ticket info

Body&Soul is this year offering a 5 Tier Ticket system for Three Day Camping tickets. Tier 1, 2, 3 have now sold out. A limited number Tier 4 tickets are currently available and Tier 5 will come on sale when they have sold out.

Full Tiered Pricing Details: General and Family Weekend Tickets:

Tier 4 €139.50 incl booking fee
Tier 5 €149.50 incl booking fee

Combined Weekend & Bus (return from Dublin) tickets available also:

Tier 4 €167.50 incl booking fee
Tier 5 €177.50 incl booking fee

Campervan tickets EU60 incl booking fee (Note separate event tickets required for each passenger.)

A Family Ticket is available for those wishing to stay in the dedicated Family Campsite. A family ticket permits entry for 1 adult and 2 children aged 12 or under. (Adults without children are not permitted into Family Campsite). Children U12 are free

All tickets can be purchased with the Easy Payment Scheme allowing you to pay in instalments.

A Sunday ticket is available for €55 including booking fee for those wishing to attend on the Sunday only. Note: No camping is permitted with this ticket. Sunday ticket holders are not permitted to bring alcohol into the festival. A Sunday & Bus ticket is available for €84 including booking fee.

All tickets from Ticketmaster include a charge – €6.10 for internet/phone bookings and €2.15 per ticket.

Posted on March 11th, 2015

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Update: Lamb, Jape and Jennifer Evans now added.

Body&Soul are once again trying their hand at a off-site party at IMMA after last year’s Halloween ball.

ÉRIU is billed as a contemporary celebration of an age-old tradition (ÉRIU is the goddess of Ireland) and will take place on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, 16th March.

Music in three rooms comes from R.S.A.G, The Máirtin O’Connor Band and Katie Kim (The Great Hall curated by Donal Dineen), Subplots, Margie Lewis, and Landless (Baroque Chapel) with DJ Tonie Walsh in the Vaults,

Visuals come from Guerrilla Shout and there’s also a limited capacity two-course Wild Irish feast beforehand by Katie Sanderson (Living Dinners, Dillisk) and Keith Coleman (The Fumbally).

Drinks options include a Bulmers bar, an O’Brien’s Wines tasting tent and a cocktail bar. The dress code ‘Excessive/Transgressive’.

Tickets on sale now are €32.50 for regular tickets early bird, then €39.50. If you want to do both the meal and the event it’s €69.50.

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Body & Soul are putting on The Shapeshifter’s Ball, a special “evening of Immortal Proportions, Dark Veils & Twisted Tales in association with the Bram Stoker Festival” in IMMA on Saturday October 25th.

The “intimate, slightly twisted, Gothic-themed soiree” will feature live, theatrical and chilling performances including:

  • the DCC/Opera in the Open: ‘Der Vampyr’ by Marschner in the Courtyard
  • Mercury Prize-nominated Scottish rap group Young Fathers
  • 22 year-old multi-instrumentalist East India Youth (also Mercury nominated)
  • Ibiza veteran DJ and former Utah Saints man Tim Sheridan
  • House, dub and techno Berlin DJ Alex Do
  • Ensemble Music-curated classical, electronic and jazz in the 17th Century Baroque Chapel with Tonnta, Téada Orchestra, Loah, OKO and Simon Bird
  • Spectral sounds in IMMA’s glorious Great Hall
  • Complimentary delectable nibbles and theatrical bites on arrival by The Domestic Godless Art Collective;
  • Bespoke visuals by Kevin Freeney of Clu;
  • Goth Karaoke
  • Cabaret from performance to life-drawing at Dr. Sketchy’s anti-art class
  • Guests are encouraged to arrive in costume, and those that don’t can avail of the complimentary roaming make-up artistry or to rent something suitably ostentatious from the expansive, on-site wardrobes of The Abbey Theatre.

Tickets are €44.50 or so with booking fee via Ticketmaster.

Posted on September 30th, 2014

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It’s only a week to go to Electric Picnic and we now have the stage times for Body and Soul.

Friday will feature Tune-yards, Young Fathers, Adultrock, Girl Band and Sleep Thieves.

Saturday goes til 4am with Donal Dineen, Tr One, Kate Boy, Champion Sound Recordings artists and some special guests slots in there.

Sunday’s late slots feature more special guests, Frànçois and the Atlas Mountains, Perfume Genius, Glass Animals, Come On Live Long, Attention Bebé and more.

See the PDF here for a full run-down.

Casa Bacardi was also announced this week.

Thanks to State.ie for the tip.

Posted on August 22nd, 2014

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Body & Soul have announced their lineup for the imminent Electric Picnic festival at the end of August and it’s another doozy lineup of acts across three stages. Only €229.50 weekend tickets are left but there is a serious lineup including the full list below.

Playlist of additions:

Body & Soul 2014 by Colm Moore

Body & Soul is the most beautiful festival in Ireland. It helped that the weather made everything and everyone look their best but beyond that, the attention to detail in the stage construction, the installations, the random sculptures, the Midnight Circus stage; everything was made with love or set in a place like the walled garden that was previously made with love and craft.

Musically, there was plenty to get enthused about. My personal highlights from almost a full two days there?

God Knows & MyName IsJohn were a late addition to the festival who wasted no energy translating the best Irish rap album you may hear all year onto a limber and frenetic stage. Jape played a set of mostly new songs from walking the line that suits him between singer-songwriter and electronics, Mount Kimbie – Kind of bizarre to see the band with what felt like a heaving 4,000 capacity tent but all the same, their set was a mix of their newer jam-band electronica and the older post-dubstep stuff. Older material left the biggest impression but I still found the Cold Spring Fault Less Youth dear to my heart. Buraka Som Sistema took their Portugese Angolan dance music to the late-night main stage for some perfect late-night stomping and Ships continued worming their slinky disco-electronica into my heart and feet. Special shouts to the Wonderlust stage which was a mind-feeding haven for the weekend, Arbutus Yarns cottage and Reckless In Love, where the party never stopped in the glitter and confetti-covered woods.

Seeing as you probably didn’t use Instagram at the coverage-shielding site down at Body & Soul, Colm Moore has the evidence from Ballinlough Castle.

Posted on June 25th, 2014

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This weekend sees the fifth year of Body & Soul’s own festival that started as an enclosed area at Electric Picnic. Every year, reports from Ballinlough Castle in Westmeath have been positive and mostly, sunny.

I’ll be there Saturday, at 2pm for the State of Music talk FYI with these sound folks. Here are the latest stage times.

Here’s the 10 essential tracks from the festival lineup this year with some extra in the playlist for the late-night crew.

Listen on Spotify.

1. Caribou – ‘Can’t Do Without You’

The newest track from Dan Snaith, is the sound of lush electronic music with a psychedelic bent. As proved over the years, Caribou sets are often the highlights of festivals and Body & Soul have saved the best to last on Sunday night.

2. Darkside – ‘Paper Trails’

An excuse to get down to the festival on the Friday night, Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington’s electronic art-rock blues show with its giant mirror backdrop is one of the best shows of the year. Don’t miss.

3. John Grant – ‘Pale Green Ghosts’

A humble bear with an addictive past, John Grant has redeemed himself through his art and his searingly honest and often, funny songs.

4.Goldfrapp – ‘Ride A White Horse’

While the newest Goldfrapp album Tales Of Us is all downbeat and lush, it’s the older electro dance tracks that do the best live, like this stomper from 2005’s Supernature.

5. Max Romeo – ‘Chase The Devil’

When the sun shines and the vibe is right there’s nothing better than bouncing to a bit of nice discerning reggae. And who better than the Jamaican legend who was sampled by The Prodigy on ‘Outer Space’?

6. Gary Numan – Metal

Somehow a man singing a song about about an android who wishes to be human at a festival called Body & Soul makes some sort of perverse sense.

7. Jon Hopkins – ‘Open Eye Signal’

From last year’s Mercury Music Prize nominated album comes this dazzling eight-minute slice of organic breathing digital dance track.

8. Lasertom – ‘No Play’

Dubliner Simon Cullen’s space-disco project is a perfect 4pm stage opener on the Saturday. Time to boogie.

9. Jessy Lanza – ‘Keep Moving’

Hailing from Ontario, Canada, Lanza collaborated with producer Jeremy Greenspan of the Junior Boys on an album of ethereal R&B electro. Keep Moving is the most upbeat track from it, perfect for a Ballinlough Castle setting.

10. Mount Kimbie –’Made To Stray’

One of the best tracks of 2013, the skittering percussion-featuring ‘Made To Stray’ manages to walk a fine line between sprawling electronic epicness and headphone ambience.

Listen to the playlist on Spotify with 10 extra tracks from artists playing.
As featured in the Irish Independent’s Insider Magazine every Thursday.

Posted on June 19th, 2014

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Body & Soul Festival stage times have been announced for next weekend!

Grab a PDF or a JPG.

As for the all-important festival clashes? It’s looking pretty manageable.

There’s also the Wonderlust stage down there among many others not listed yet. I’ll be participating in a talk about music at 2pm on the Saturday with Angela Dorgan of FMC, Jim Carroll of the Irish Times, Aoife Flynn (Wonderlust) and Brendan Canty (Feel Good Lost)

Also, look out for John Grant in conversation with Siobhan Kane.

More Body & Soul playlists and previews next week.

Posted on June 13th, 2014

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Details of the Wonderlust Stage at Body & Soul festival have been revealed. Curated by Kathy Scott, Aoife Flynn and Ciara Kavanagh, the stage, dedicated to the exchange of wonder and idea in the walled garden will feature talks and performances throughout the weekend.

The music night lineup includes:

Colm Mac Con Iomaire & Friends, Come on Live Long, Sacred Animals, Deaf Joe, Ryan Vail, Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Hidden Highways, Selk
Valerie Francis, SORNE, Conor Walsh, Old Hannah, DJ Sally Cinnamon, Idiot Songs, Bairbre Anne, BQ Trio, Mike Smalle (DJ set), Kuv′ən, Laura Sheeran, Kate Ellis & Linda Buckley.