Photos by Luis Faustino. More photos from Body & Soul here and here.

Photos by Luis Faustino. More photos from Body & Soul here and here.

After two years of missing the festival, I finally made it down to one day at Body & Soul in Co. Westmeath over the weekend. Luck was on my side as I could only make Sunday which turned out to be the sunny day. Weather was something I noticed Body & Soul had going for it in its two years so far with previous weekends seeing scorchers so it seems luck and good calendar timing is also something the festival has going for it.
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Posted on June 26th, 2012

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Body & soulBody & Soul Festival is back in Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath for three days from June 22nd – 24th for the Summer Solstice.

The full lineup of acts are:
M83, St. Vincent, Villagers, Little Dragon, John Talabot, Shangaan Electro, Gold Panda, Redinho, The Herbaliser, Emika, Tieranniesaur, Kormac’s Big Band with more TBA.

The festival also offers artisan food, a Kids garden, art installations, green crafts, holistic therapies, hot tubs and a costumed Masquerade Ball on the Saturday night.

Tickets are €99 for weekend camping, €25 for Friday add-on (no main stage acts on Friday), €30 for campervan tickets, family €99 for 1 adult and 2 kids. Combined weekend and bus tickets are €127 or a single Sunday ticket plus bus is €83.
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Posted on March 20th, 2012

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Berlin Music Festival

Last year’s Berlin Music Festival was one of the best city festival experiences I’ve had and this year, the initial lineup looks like the kind of deal that may sway people away from Electric Picnic which happens a week before.

It all takes place in the old Tempelhof airport in the city on 7th and 8th of September before night-time events see the festival move to warehouses and clubs. The lineup so far has a distinct electronic lean but there’s plenty of mixture in there too.

SBTRKT, Modeselektor, Friendly Fires, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Sigur Ros, Little Dragon, Major Lazer, Franz Ferdinand, First Aid Kit, Metronomy, Paul Kalkbrenner, Orbital, WhomadewhoClub @ Club Xberg, Daughter, Jamie ‘n the Commons, Junip, Morning Parade, Dumme Jungs, Crookers, Slagmalsklubben, Tocotronic, Kraftklub, Cro & Frittenbude.

Tickets are €74 plus fees for a two day ticket or €89 plus fees for the warehouses afterparties (recommended).

My review of last year.
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Posted on March 12th, 2012

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SBTRKT feat. Little Dragon

Taken from SBTRKT’s forthcoming Young Turks debut album on June 24th comes this squelching dub number featuring Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano. It’s hard to tell if the rest of the band are involved but it’s been billed as such.

Oh yeh it’s pronounced “subtract” just in case you didn’t cop it.

Download: SBTRKT – Wildfire feat. Little Dragon
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Posted on May 10th, 2011

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
The weird world of Unknown Mortal Orchestra is a heady trip into psychedelic and lo-fi experimentation. Like Javelin’s enjoyable all-over-the-shop album No Más, the Portland-based band led by Kiwi Ruben Nielsen have an adept knowledge of pop hooks and melodies that pierce your consciousness regardless of what else is going on. Whether it’s the Beatles-esque guitar style of ‘Thought Ballune’, the Bibio-esque lo-fi bass-funk of ‘How Can U Luv Me’ or the distorted psych-rock of ‘Ffunny Ffrends’ and ‘Nerve Damage!’, their debut self-titled EP on The Sounds Of Sweet Nothing is worth picking up if you can find a copy. A debut LP is coming on Fat Possum in June.

If you’re a fan of Little Dragon, allow me to introduce you to their remix…
Download: Little Dragon – Nightlight (Unknown Mortal Orchestra Remix)

Posted on April 13th, 2011

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cooly g
A list of personally recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin. All times are 7.30pm/8pm unless stated. Feel free to leave your picks in the comments.

This week, I am giving away a pair tickets to Hyperdub’s Cooly G (pictured) courtesy of Ignored Playaz on Friday night. Email me to enter.

Top 3 gigs this week:

  1. Thurs 11th Nov: Gorillaz, Little Dragon, De La Soul @ The O2 (€59.80)
  2. Sat 13th Nov: Chilly Gonzales @ The Sugar Club (€19.85)
  3. Sat 13th Nov: Cap Pas Cap, Catscars, Meljoann @ The Workman’s Club (€10)

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Posted on November 9th, 2010

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