Body & Soul’s 10th joyous sonic journey through the solstice-kissed fields and forest dancefloors of Ballinlough Castle just cranked its sounds into a new dimension as it announces 50 new acts to be added to the lineup including Mashrou’ Leila, The Black Lips, King Kong Company, Confidence Man, TPM, Chymera, Moxie, FEET, Molly Sterling,Junior Brother, Proper Nicro NV, Sing Along Social, PrYmary Colours, Kitt Philippa, Æ Mak, Just Mustard, happyalone, EMBRZ, and many more. They join the previously announced MODESELEKTOR (Live), The Blaze, Santigold, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Princess Nokia, Kate Tempest, Mano Le Tough, Talos and many more. For the full lineup and tickets see bodyandsoul.ie.
The visionary behind Ireland’s often-imitated but never-equalled independent festival, director Avril Stanley, said “Body & Soul’s 10th Anniversary line-up will lift your heart and send your hands into the solstice night sky. As well as presenting some of the most interesting, critically acclaimed and progressive Irish and international acts working today, Body & Soul will once again unite our guests for three days and nights to share the solstice and revel in ritual. There’s more music announcements still to come plus our rich offering of arts, comedy, wellbeing, gastronomy and performance to expand horizons and satiate the soul.”
Born of a nocturnal encounter, Mashrou’ Leila fuses the craftiness of a music workshop with the punch of stadium rock. With their distinctive approach to storytelling, they have crafted some of the most melancholic ballads and raucous anthems in contemporary alternative Arabic music. The Black Lips have come in many guises, from insolent garage-rockers to innocent pop balladeers to good-ol’-boy country crooners. Undoubtedly, pioneers of the new garage-rock revival of recent years and infamous for their onstage antics, they know exactly how to work a crowd.
‘Festival legends in the making’, King Kong Company played an explosive Body & Soul set in 2017 and their eagerly-awaited return comes as they’ve established themselves as one of the most entertaining and unpredictable live acts around. Camp, cool and uplifting, Confidence Man bring their sensationally wacky electro-pop from down-under. Engagingly quirky indie outfit FEET have shown serious promise as one of the most exciting guitar bands coming up in the UK.
Further highlights include Molly Sterling, a Dublin-based singer-songwriter, whose music takes on a dark and deep direction while her sonorous vocals are raw and overflowing with exposed emotion, but delivered with incredible precision; Junior Brother, an idiosyncratic, challenging and richly lyrical singer-songwriter from Kerry, fuses elements of Irish and English folk with a deeply unique sensibility; and Proper Micro NV, pseudonym of Limerick electro producer/singer-songwriter Rory Hall, showcasing the further evolution of his terrific electronic, dance-driven and theatrical act.
Explore….. the sounds of the fusion of electronic beats with soulful vocals from Dublin collective PrYmary Colours; the compelling mixture of classical training and urbanity in the songs of Kitt Philippa; finding your own voice at zero-commitment-maximum-craic choir Sing Along Social; energy inspiring primitive vocal rhythms and off-the-cuff melodic hooks and lyrical content from Æ Mak; Dundalk band Just Mustard’s unique blend of noise, trip-hop and electronic influenced music; blissful sonic textures and spine-tingling, knee-buckling rhythms from happyalone and pioneering emotional dance music from EMBRZ.
Friday on the Reckless in Love Stage will see a Homebeat takeover featuring DJs like Sevensol (Kann) coming from playing some of the best clubs in Europe with deep, smooth, house music; the effortlessly genre-spanning Cáit; dynamic and expressive sounds from Neil Flynn; and Wicklow-based machine-fetishist house and techno enthusiast Automatic Tasty. Chymera joins the Maeve lineup on Sunday, the Berlin-based Irish DJ’s tracks range from deeper house to tougher techno, usually with a distinct focus on melody. Mother will rule the roost at the Reckless in Love Stage on Saturday, with feet stomping electro/disco bangers from the Mother DJs, DISCONAUTS, Claire Beck, Kelly-Anne Byrne and Kate Brennan Harding; aligning big soulful vocals with nu-disco stomp are Faune (live); the Drag Ball features Victoria Secret, Pixie Woo, Regina George and Drag Aerobics from Bunny.
Bringing a blast of raw Irish talent to the Orchard Lounge by Bulmers are ‘anarchic’ performers TPM, Limerick genre-fusion meets crash humour band Post Punk Podge & The Technohippies; garage pop band Fonda (also from Limerick); high tension wire Phibsboro post-punk trio Extravision; Lowlek drawing on elements of psych, rockabilly & crooner ballads; Ghostking is Dead ‘a musical prodigy, with a bone-dry sense of humour to boot’; guitar driven blends of soul from Eve Clague; old school lo-fi space pop act Nudy Boy Nature; the charms of ‘alt-wonky pop’ act Myles Manley; and Fixity a fascinating mix of krautrock and jazz, providing a hypnotic sound – both arresting and emotionally rewarding.
Situated in a forest glade deep in the woods, Arbutus Yarns Theatre in collaboration with TG4 is a place to recharge at a gentler pace while still enjoying some of the finest musicians from around Ireland and beyond. Let yourself be immersed in an easy going line-up of live music including trad from genre-defying and boundary-busting Moxie; trad from John Francis; Cork singer-songwriter Marlene Enright; Sligo Trad-Hop collective JP Trio; tunes from the legendary DJ Donal Dineen; singer and button-accordionist Conor Connolly; experiments in music and physical theatre from Anna Mullarkey; spoken word poetry from Lewis Kenny; Peter Pamf with his trademark backing of heavy kick drums and strange noises; echoes of 60’s boss nova and 70’s folk from Sam Clague; new songs as Gaeilge from Róisín Seoighe; the intersection of folk and jazz from Hatchlings; songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sive; Dutch folk from Jane Willow, the music and song stylings of West Kerry from Meabh Begley, songs and fiddle from Helen Diamond; Cian Finn inspired by the sounds of world music, dub and soul; songs from Riona Madigan steeped in the trad of Dingle, intricate guitar stylings and mellifluous vocals from Dubliner Niall Thomas and beautifully dark pop from Cat Dowling.
In the 10 years since a wave of creative energy formed Body & Soul as a stand-alone event, the team have pioneered the holistic and sensory stimulation benchmarks festival goers have come to expect from Irish festivals today…. Lose yourself in a magical immersive escape through walled gardens, natural amphitheatre and the tangle of ancient woodlands; revel in the moonlight with new music pioneers meeting legends and cult favourites; discover hidden art installations, immersive theatre experiences and impromptu spoken word performances under a canopy of centuries-old trees; speak your truth at incisive political discussions and insightful workshops; let young imaginations run riot at Soul Kids; indulge yourself at the sustainability-driven and ever-popular Food on Board, where gastronomic indulgence is catered for by some of Ireland’s most celebrated artisan gourmet producers, complemented by the clink of champagne flutes.
With wellbeing at its essence since inception, Body & Soul’s The Sanctuary offers an extensive indulgence, performance and talks programme finessed over a decade, attracting top practitioners and speakers from all over the country. The extended programme will include world music, performance, spiritual reflections, activists and discussions. Massage therapists, leading yogis, sound healers, classical overtures await, with the Spa available to soothe the senses in seaweed baths, wood-fired hot tubs, Balinese steam treatments and transformative tonics.
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