Having shelved an incredible decade of an ever-evolving festival landscape, Body&Soul is marching into a Midsummer Renaissance in its ELEVENTH year, with a renewed sense of purpose, a completely new, more intimate festival layout, a carefully considered line up and a refreshed annual promise of a weekend full of surprises.
Championing Ireland’s homegrown talent and catapulting the younger names on to its biggest stage, Body&Soul has always been about the little things that make a festival like this one, so unique. Along with its line up, the truly independent Body&Soul will always feature something that other festivals won’t. In the many curated corners and crevices you’re equally likely to stumble on someone serving champagne, an aerial performance, a few random minutes of spoken word or a string quartet.
This year, to mark its contemporary twist on the age-old tradition of The Summer Solstice, Body&Soul has invited Burning Man Temple Builder Geordie Van Der Bosch to Ballinlough to design a 35-Foot Temple as a centrepiece to the festival. As part of its brand new Ideas Programme, The Temple will be a place to bring together performers, thinkers, writers and public figures from the world of music, innovation and the arts: an immersive art piece and speaker stage by day and an exclusively programmed neon disco-beam dancefloor by night.
Body&Soul is delighted to make the first of a number of announcements for their 2020 lineup:
Metronomy. Róisín Murphy. King Kong Company. Princess Nokia. Kojaque. Marc Rebillet. Khruangbin. Sampa The Great. Kneecap. Mango x Mathman. TPM. Jape. Daithí. Hare Squead. God Knows. The Clockworks. Elm. PowPig. Aoife Nessa Frances. Aimée. Alex Gough. Conchúr White. Denise Chaila. Somebody’s Child. Kitt Philippa. Thumper. Nealo. Soda Blonde.
Well respected for infectious, upbeat interesting anthems, the Joe Mount-fronted Metronomy’s 13 years in the game reads like a wish list of heroic gigs, from playing sold-out shows at Brixton Academy, Somerset House, The Royal Albert Hall and headlining the Park Stage at Glastonbury. Legendary cult queen Róisín Murphy arrives in perhaps the most compelling and interesting position in a 25-year recording career punctuated with critical acclaim and award nominations for her left of centre dance-pop.
Longtime Body&Soul brethren King Kong Company returns with their signature blend of unpredictable and raucous performance. Bold, brave and long sought-after in the Irish festival scene, America’s feminist MC Princess Nokia is a barrier-breaking, Afro-Latin American artist from Spanish Harlem and is one of the fiercest rappers in the game today. The latest addition to Ireland’s own rapper royalty, Kojaque makes his Body&Soul debut hot on the tails of a Boiler Room feature-doc and nailing it on NME’s 2019 list of essential artists.
Internationally acclaimed ‘loop daddy’ Marc Rebillet makes his Body&Soul debut with his wildly captivating live performances. Pitchfork favourites Khruangbin will ignite the grounds with a fusion of global influences, soul dub and psychedelia. Zambian-born, Botswana-raised Sampa The Great is a most anticipated guest, bringing a uniquely forward- thinking blend of no-holds-barred empowering vocals rooted in neo-soul and hauntingly rhythmic soundscapes.
Scandinavian-based, Irish electronic producer Jape will bring his electrifying ambient magic to Ballinlough, while the brazenly inventive Kneecap return after the grounds have barely cooled from their explosive 2019 Body&Soul performance. Dubin-based duo Mango x Mathman hit the stage amidst a blur of praise for their most recent release ‘Casual Work’ while Choice music prize nominee Daithí is back with his immense new album.
The ever-rising MC God Knows brings an unstoppable energy while TPM, The Clockworks, Elm and Concúr White ride in on an impressive wave of acclaim.
Hennessy’s hip hop roster will be rounded out with Denise Chaila and Hare Squead. 2FM Rising returns this year with a line up of Ireland’s break-through upcoming acts including Aimée, Alex Gough, Somebody’s Child, Kynsy, Nealo, Thumper, SodaBlonde, PowPig and Kitt Philippa.
With much of its original team still in force in 2020, the original favourite areas of Body&Soul will be totally reimagined.
Weekend Tickets for Body & Soul are on sale via Ticketbooth on www.bodyandsoul.ie