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The Hennessy Hip-Hop House announces lineup at Body & Soul Festival

The Hennessy Hip-Hop House announces lineup at Body & Soul Festival


The Hennessy Hip-Hop House announces its lineup at Body & Soul Festival this June 16th to 18th at Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath.

Denise Chaila, Gemma Dunleavy, Kojaque, Fabio & Grooverider and The Outlook Orchestra (A/V Show) are among the headliners for the Hennessy Music Trail and The Hennessy Hip-Hop House has an extensive lineup of hip-hop to celebrate the genre’s 50th year in tandem this year. Names like Daddy G (Massive Attack), Nightmares on Wax, Stevie G Soundsystem, Tee Cardaci, DJ Mek, Aby Coulibaly and Negro Impacto also stand out.

Previously announced acts for the festival include Moderat, Blessed Madonna, The Murder Capital, Gilles Peterson, Rea Lies, Shanti Celeste, Sorcha Richardson and more.

Here’s the breakdown of the lineup for The Hennessy Hip-Hop House…


  • Gemma Dunleavy
  • Kojaque
  • Fabio & Grooverider and The Outlook Orchestra
  • Denise Chaila

Live acts

  • Aby Coulibaly
  • Bon Voyage
  • Celaviedemai
  • God Knows
  • JYellowL
  • Murli
  • Nealo
  • Negro Impacto
  • RíRá
  • Ruby Ivy
  • Strange Boy
  • Sweetlemondae


  • Aoife Ni Canna
  • Arveene
  • Ben Bix x Little O
  • Billy Scurry
  • CC
  • Daddy G
  • DJ Flip
  • DJ Mek
  • DJ Tu-Ki
  • Glen Brady
  • Handsome Paddy
  • Hewan Mulugeta
  • Mango
  • Moving Still
  • Nightmares on Wax
  • Queen Beatz
  • Stevie G Soundsystem
  • Tee Cardaci

Conversations and more

  • Breakdance from Northern Soles Crew
  • District Presents: The Future of Irish Music
  • Graffiti from Rask & Sums
  • Hip-Hop Karaoke
  • Paint & Sip with Simba
  • Talk: From Hip Hop to Bass
  • The Story of Irish Hip Hop: The Music, The Culture, The Community

2023 Body & Soul Tickets:

Early Bird: Leave No Trace Weekend Camping – SOLD OUT

Tier 1 – Leave No Trace Weekend Camping: €219.00  + service charge – SOLD OUT

Tier 2 & Tier 3 – Leave No Trace Weekend Camping: €239.00 & €249.00  + service charge

Family options: A child add-on ticket is €35 per child + service charge. Up to 2 children may accompany a parent or guardian holding a weekend camping ticket.

Campervan Ticket – €95 + service charge 

Instalment plans, Camper van, bus tickets and boutique camping available via

Here’s a more thorough rundown of how the day to day unfolds:

Legends of hip hop talent have name checked Hennessy in their lyrics and artistic displays over the last half-century, from Biggie in the 90s to Drake, Lil Wayne and Kendrick Lamar in more recent years. On this milestone, Hennessy raises a glass and acknowledges how 50 years ago, hip hop gave a voice to a generation of talent in the South Bronx that felt distant from society and used it as an outlet of expression. More recently, hip hop has become one of Ireland’s most loved music genres, thanks to a group of pioneers who proudly convey Irish culture through their art.

These prodigies created the platform for an explosive new generation of artists, who are fearless and daring in their music, to burst onto the Irish hip hop music scene. Members of this new era will take to the stage in Ballinlough with Hennessy this June, kicking off on Friday with the critically acclaimed JyellowL, who’s debut 2020 album D|vision reached No. 2 on the official iTunes album charts and was nominated for Irish Album of the Year at that year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize Awards. Joining him on the opening night celebrations will be a talk From Hip Hop To Bass: Fabio & Grooverider and The Outlook Orchestra (A/V Show), Aoife Nic Canna, Ben Bix, Executive Steve, American house and funk DJ Tee Cardaci, Irish DJs Aoife Nic Canna, Handsome Paddy and RíRá American born German/Irish producer, British DJ Daddy G, jazz and soul artist Hewan Mulugeta, Limerick rap star Strange Boy, hip hop fanatic Arveene and more to be announced.

Not only can festival goers enjoy amazing beats and tunes in the Hennessy Hip Hop House, revellers are also treated to four incredible headliners along the Hennessy Music Trail over the weekend. On Friday, one of the leading lights of the Irish music scene, Kojaque can be found on the mainstage, along with Fabio & Grooverider and The Outlook Orchestra, the Godfathers of drum and bass. Iconic Irish rap star Denise Chaila, whose worldly performance has been making waves internationally and is not one to be missed, performs on Saturday; while Sunday’s music trail treasure sees RTE Choice Prize Song of the Year 2020 nominee Gemma Dunleavy, take to the stage to show the world why she is the rising star of the Irish urban scene.

Saturday starts off with conversations and panel discussions from emerging Irish voices with District Presents: The Future of Irish Music and graffiti from Rask & Sums (TdaKlann) and breakdance from Northern Soles Crew. Hip Hop Karaoke will provide major fun afternoon vibes, while Arveene hosts The Story of Irish Hip Hop with amazing guests such as Kojaque, Glen Brady and Rask later in the day. Beginning the day’s musical offerings is Dundalk duo Negro Impacto, Irish award winning DJ Mek, Dublin rapper Nealo,  rising Irish act Ruby Ivy, Chicago born house DJ Queen Beatz and I.T.F World Scratch Champion DJ Flip. Later in the evening, Irish sensation Aby Coulibaly takes to the stage, while Glen Brady, Nightmares on Wax (DJ set), God Knows and Murli and Dublin MC and DJ Mango will get the crowds dancing into the night.

Last but not least, Sunday sees an eye-catching lineup with panel talks, graffiti, breakdance, workshops, Paint & Sip and a conversation hosted by Cork’s Red FM Stevie G on Hip Hop’s influence in Art, Dance and Fashion. Sweetlemondae kicks off an exciting final day, while later in the evening rising rapper and songwriter Celaviedmai brings the energy with her live set. After dancing all day long to performances from DJ Tu-Ki, CC, Bon Voyage, Moving Still, Tee Cardaci, Stevie G Soundsystem, one of Ireland’s best known DJs Billy Scurry will close a perfectly served weekend for Hennessy at Body & Soul 2023, keeping crowds dancing into the early hours.

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