After last year’s festival fell on the hottest weekend of the year, Body & Soul year two has a lot to live up to. In terms of line-up and non-music activities though, it looks to have the edge.
Musically, you’ve got alternative electronica: The Field, Plaid, Nicolas Jaar, Lamb, Joris Voorn, Toby Kaar, Brandt Brauer Frick and Mount Kimbie. Live electronica with Toro Y Moi, Delorean, Daithí, and Darkstar. Folk from Lisa Hannigan and Lisa O’Neill and others. Post-rock styles from Halves, The Jimmy Cake, Holy Fuck and Cloud Castle Lake. There’s reggae legends Lee Scratch Perry and Don Letts and a host of world-facing DJ sets from Donal Dineen, DJ Izem and more.
As for non-musical entertainment, there’s all you’d expect: arts, crafts, forest hot tubs, a masquerade bal, kids garden, art installations and a five-course banquet feast. Nom.
I didn’t get a chance to visit last year but the photos from State and Sara Devine made Ballinlough Castle with its stone-walled gardens and woods look like an ideal place to have a festival. Tickets are €99 with Weekend Tickets: €109, Sunday Day Tickets €55, Campervan Tickets €30. All through Tickets.ie. Travel info.[ Running Order: Main Stage | Merkaba Electronic | Casa Habana ]
So I have a pair of tickets to giveaway to this weekend’s festivities. All you have to do is email the answer to this question to [email protected] with your full name before Thursday at noon.
What city are Delorean from?
In the meantime, here’s some tunes from artists playing to help you reach a decision about going or not:
Niall Byrne is the founder of the most-influential Irish music site Nialler9, where he has been writing about music since 2005 . He is the cohost of the Nialler9 Podcast and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Cara Magazine, Sunday Times, Totally Dublin, Red Bull and more. Niall is a DJ, founder of Lumo Club, event curator and producer of gigs, parties & events.