It’s finally June, Summer is in the air, capital “S”, and the summer solstice is also coming, bringing the longest days of the year, just as Body & Soul Festival returns on the solstice weekend from June 16th to 18th.
The Hennessy Hip-Hop House is one of the key stages and areas at Ballinlough Castle, Westmeath this year for the festival, serving up a signature blend of cultural expression and creative cocktails, along with the Hennessy Music Trail, marking a throughline on the festival bill of hip-hop and genre-adjacent acts to coincide with 50 years of hip-hop celebrations.
You can check out our playlist for the festival too along with the stage times and map here, but here’s our selection of Hennessy-associated acts that are giving us the buzz to get down to Body & Soul this year…
Your only chance to see Kojaque live in the Republic this summer?
Friday 16 June, 9:30pm – 10:30pm
It’s a no-brainer really, and 2023’s prime time to see Kevin Smith aka Kojaque and his biting social commentary meets lyrical wordplay artistry meets experimental jazzhip-hop, live in the flesh.
After 2021’s hometown claustrophobia of Town’s Dead, Kojaque is in a loosey downtime era, with some production for AE MAK and a verse on ‘Man On A Mission’ with Curtisy and Ahmed, With Love his only output in recent months. Fresh from supporting Loyle Carner in London this year, this Body & Soul show is bound to be a tongue-wagger.