HomeTagsPosts tagged with "body and soul"

body and soul


Ireland isn't exactly the hotspot for musical talent to visit during the summer, but recently we've been acquiring some absolutely MAJOR acts from around the world.

Some of us may remember the days of Oxygen (Rest in Pieces), but Electric Picnic has taken over as the biggest and most popular festival in the Irish calendar.

Longitude appears to have become the most 'hip-hop' festival in town overnight, who saw that one coming? All the young ones adore it, hence why artists such as Chance the Rapper, Future and AS$P Rocky are headlining it this year.

Oh, and the queen that is CARDI B (gasp)… this will be us when she emerges on stage like the glorious, ghetto peacock that she is:

ultra music festival dancing GIF

Luckily for you, we've decided to do a round-up of EVERYTHING there is to know of 2019's Irish music festivals.

Strap yourselves in, get your raincoat and wellies ready, it's looking like a muddy ride. 

God knows why we all live for summer's music gigs, most of us have had our stuff stolen, our tents destroyed and our dignity abandoned, yet we still come crawling back for more. Must be our dedication to the art, or something?

First up: Castlepalooza: May 3 – May 5 2019

Things have been pretty hush hush this year in Castlepalooza-land. So far, no headline acts have been announced and even the early bird tickets aren't on sale yet.

As far as speculation goes, they normally stick to Irish acts such as AllTvvins and The Rubberbandits, so maybe they'll get Dermot Kennedy or Picture This?

We're assuming it's still taking place in Charleville Castle, Tullamore, but they've changed the dates so who knows. All will be revealed.

Life Festival: May 24 – May 26 2019

For #Life19, some major dance players have been given the green light to DJ, including Giggs, Bicep, MK, Nina Kraviz and CamelPhat. Think District 8 but in the woodlands.

The festival is returning to Belvedere House in County Westmeath for a weekend of phenomenal tunes. There are three days, six stages and a jam-packed line-up.

Chill by the lakeside stage for a more relaxed vibe, or hit the District 8 tent and Main Stage for absolute dance mania.

Vantastival: 31 May – June 2 2019

Known as the last real festival for camper vans and 'legit' music lover families, Vantastival is relatively unknown in some circles but a must-see in others.

Taking place in Drogheda, Co. Louth, the festival boasts comedy shows, craft beer, art installations and a kids' camp for families.

The festival gets some unbelievable talent up to play, and the headline acts this year have already been announced.

King Kong Company, David Keenan, Cry Monster Cry, Just Mustard and I'd Fight Gandhi are all hitting the stages this year, it's gonna be a BIG one for their 10th anniversary.

Forbidden Fruit: June 1 – June 3 2019

Forbidden Fruit has been a steadily growing Irish festival for years, with some well-known as well as emerging talent performing DJ sets in the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham.

Headliners this year are Mura Masa (INCREDIBLE), Skepta, Elbow, First Aid Kit and Danny Brown. They're spreading out the genres this year, bringing in some new and more alternative names.

Tickets went on-sale back in December, but there are still a few left. We recommend grabbing them before they're gone.

Body&Soul: June 21 – June 23 2019

The arts festival takes place in Ballinlough, Co. Westmeath, and it's celebrating it's 10th run this year.

Previous headliners include Nick Cave, but they have yet to tease 2019's fixtures. 

It's a cesspit for creative minds, branding itself as the biggest 'independent' festival in Ireland. They're announcing the line-up very soon, so stay tuned. We're guessing perhaps Christine and the Queens?

Sea Sessions: June 21- June 23 2019

Sea Sessions is well on the rise. The festival is specifically for surfers, and takes place in Bundoran, Co. Donegal for those sea lovers every year.

They've got a STELLAR line-up for 2019: Sigrid (I cried when I saw her, not gonna lie), Clean Bandit and Two Door Cinema Club are the star acts who will blaze up that stage.

This one looks set to be an incredible year, especially if the weather holds up. Tickets are on sale now, but it sells out every year so get on it ASAP.

Longitude – July 5 – July 7 2019

They've just announced some massive names to the chart: Cardi B and Anne-Marie are two unreal additions.

The festival is running from Friday July 5 until Sunday July 7 in Marlay Park, and always gets some pure stunning weather (for once).

The line-ups have DRASTICALLY changed even since 2017, when Mumford & Sons took centre stage. It's all about those rap stars nowadays, who would have thought Irish people would crave the genre so much? Maybe it's just the young wans.

Tickets are back on sale this Friday, February 1 at 9am. Get ready for online mayhem, as Cardi B is sure to attract thousands of eager fans. 


A post shared by CARDIVENOM (@iamcardib) on

All Together Now: August 2 – August 4 2019

The festival takes place in Curraghmore House in County Waterford during the August Bank Holiday, so it's always a sure-fire hit.

American indie band The National are the headliners for this year's take; previous performers include Fleet Foxes, Mura Masa, Villagers and First Aid Kit.

Most of the tickets have already sold-out for this year's festival, but there's always DoneDeal? Camper van tickets are also still available, but not much else except the higher priced ones.

Electric Picnic: August 30 – September 1 2019

So E.P. is ALREADY sold-out, as predicted. 

The speculation has begun, seeing as nobody is aware of the line-up as of yet, and we're gonna go ahead and pray that our home-girl ARIANA GRANDE hits the Main Stage. Get your rosary beads out.

Last year saw N.E.R.D, Kendrick Lamar and The Prodigy hit the stage as headliners, and Sigrid and Dua Lipa absolutely smashed it during their performances. We'd love to see those gals return with new albums under their belts.

There you are, gals. The ULTIMATE Irish music festival round-up for 2019…so far. We're tingling with excitement already at the thought of sneaking in all those naggins/cans/wine bottles/shoulders/litres/whatever the kids drink nowadays.

Now all we need is the funds to afford any/all of these amazing gigs. Maybe we could sneak in?

camping ozzy osbourne GIF by History UK


When we think of festival season, it's definitely an edgier, muddier experience than we have on the daily. 

There's nothing better than kicking back, having a few cold cans on a fold up chair and then heading into an arena for a night full of your favourite acts. 

However, once Sunday comes., we're longing for our millennial comforts – like brunch. 

This year at Body & Soul, Absolut is hosting the ultimate brunch experience for festival goers. 

Installed at the ABSOLUT Bar at this year's festival, brunch will be served to revellers on a first-come-first-served basis.

Between noon and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, brunches can chow down on a delectable brunch bap. 

To get the day of festivities going, there will be two delish brunch cocktails available, the ABSOLUT Espresso Martini or the brunch classic ABSOLUT Bloody Mary.

If you're heading to Body & Soul, make sure you're not too hungover for Sunday brunch!


While festival season might not be over, we're already looking ahead to next year. 

If you like to be super prepared (and want to nab a spot in the best campsite) then we suggest you act fast when it comes to gearing up for next year's Body & Soul. 

Body & Soul announced that Loyalty Tickets for next year's festival are going on sale today.


A post shared by Body&Soul (@bodyandsoulirl) on

The festival, situated at Ballinlough Castle, will return to celebrate the summer solstice next June, the 22-24.

The festival culminates in a weekend of music, immersive art and foodie fervour.

Body & Soul has consistently created an atmosphere of culture, acoustics and activities, and next year is set to be no different.  

As well as being the absolute best craic, Body & Soul is also offering eco aware patrons the opportunity to indulge in a more sustainable experience. 

This year, tickets to the Us&You Eco Camping site will be offered to festival goers from the outset.

The Us&You campsite makes for a greener festival experience with plenty of extra perks (including complimentary toiletries in the specially installed showers.)

A three-tiered ticketing system and instalment payment plan will be in place again this year with a limited number of weekend tickets sold in each price tier.

Tier 1 Loyalty Tickets go on sale today for €149.00.

Last year’s Tier 1 tickets sold out in under 2 days, so hop on this deal ASAP.



Body & Soul organisers have released a statement following the death of a man at the festival yesterday.

According to reports, the 31-year-old collapsed during the festival and after medical staff tended to him, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Festival director Avril Stanley said, "We can confirm that An Garda Siochana at Delvin Garda Station are investigating a non-suspicious sudden death."


A post shared by Body&Soul (@bodyandsoulirl) on

"The male was taken to the medical tent this afternoon by medical staff and tended to at the time by advanced paramedics and a consultant doctor in emergency medicine. His family and friends have been notified.

"We wish to extend our deepest condolences to them at this time. We will continue to work closely with the Gardaí on their investigation in this matter. The team at Body & Soul are absolutely devastated by the news."


A post shared by Body&Soul (@bodyandsoulirl) on

Meanwhile, a garda spokesperson said, "Gardai are investigating the sudden death of a 31-year-old male at the Body & Soul festival this afternoon.

“The man was pronounced dead at the scene and was removed to Mullingar Hospital where a post-mortem will be scheduled."


Festival season is just around the corner, and if you're not heading to Body & Soul already, this line-up will make you want to book your ticket ASAP. 

The mega festival is playing host to the Absolut Midsommar stage, which will blend together the cultural experiences of music and theatre performances to capture the magic of Swedish Midsommar.

The stage boasts a menagerie of amazing musicians, including Fish Go Deep, Lumo DJs, Joshua James, Get Down Edits, Shit Robot, Kelly-Anne Byrne, and Bon Voyage.


A post shared by ABSOLUT Vodka (@absolutirl) on

These exceptional acts will also be joined by Jonjo Jury, Donal Dineen, DJ Deece, Arveene and many more.

Those partying it up, Midsommar style, will also be riveted by the acrobatic aerial performances by Loosysmokes.

The Absolute Midsommar stage is set to be oh-so Instagram-worthy, with a kaleidoscopic Midsommar maypole and flower crows abound.

'Every year the Absolut stage is a hub of creativity, colour and good vibrations – this year will be no different,' said Absolut’s Stage Curator DJ Arveene.

'Absolut’s ethos is firmly rooted in imaginative collaborations and I’m proud that we’re bringing together so many talented people to create an unforgettable Absolut experience at Body & Soul.'

'We’ve so many great acts lined-up to perform, it’s set to be another incredible weekend – the perfect celebration of Absolut Midsommar'  


A post shared by ABSOLUT Vodka (@absolutirl) on

While the musical line-up sounds completely lit, the beverages on offer also sound pretty divine.

After a spring that was saturated in gin, we're dying to dabble in some vodka cocktails, created by Absolut’s mixologists.

The festival will introduce the Absolut Midsommar Solstice, a delicious-sounding mix that's made using Absolut Raspberry and lemon lime soda.

The thought of dancing under a maypole with a drink in hand and a flower crown on our heads is making us long for festival season. 



Even though it's only February, we're already looking forward to festival season.

And now, the first performers for Body & Soul have been announced.

Taking to the stage in Ballinlough Castle this June will be Metronomy, Lamb Chop, Sleaford Mods, Optimo, Vitalic and La Femme.

Announcing the news via Facebook Live, the Westmeath fest will take place from the 23-25 June.

We're already there…


There are some things that are uniquely Irish; Tayto crisps, a cuppa tea, our gas mammies, and of course, our signs.

Signs are a weird one, we know, but we're a dab hand at making a poster, and this was totally proved at this year's Euros.

But, even when it comes to serious things, we just can't help but take the mick out of it.

A new poster has gone up outside Body & Soul Festival, where preparations for this weekend are well underway.

The man or woman who is supplying the fences to the festival decided that enough was enough, and they weren't going to have anymore broken fences heading back their way when the weekend's over.

So, instead of putting up something generic such as, "DON'T BREAK FENCE," they put up:


Ah, we love this country.



The always wonderful Body & Soul music festival kicks off tomorrow in Westmeath and no doubt attendees will right now be contemplating what to pack, what to leave behind – and what is frankly totally unnecessary but needs to brought along anyway (we're thinking clip-in hair extensions, wedges and instant tan).

But if you adhere to only one piece of advice, it's this: avoid playsuits and jumpsuits at all costs – because they won’t seem as stylish when you’re bursting for a wee.

Packing up on Monday morning can also be an absolute nightmare, so please make sure you don’t bring too much stuff (easier said than done, we know).

By now, most folk are fully aware of the essentials that will be needed to survive the weekend: wellies, baby wipes, loo roll, bin bags, tent, bum bag and sun cream should be thrown into your bag before all else.

But then there are those things that, although not quite essentials per say, will nevertheless definitely enhance your festival experience…

Make it easier to find your friends/embarrass your friends


Face paint
No festival look is complete without a few illuminous swirls and dots


Deck chair
Make sitting around drinking cans more comfortable but make sure you put it back in your tent when heading to the main arena as these things are like gold dust in a campsite!


Clothes that you would never get away with on a normal day 
Now is your chance to wear the bright green dungarees and that native American headpiece you haven’t gotten around to wearing yet.


A waterproof pouch for your phone
This is v handy, even if your phone is dead, just to make sure you don’t lose this at the festival, along with your, ahem… voice.

A flag for your tent  
Put a flat at the top of the tent so it’s easier to find in the dark. Nothing worse than being greeted by a sea of the same camouflage Tesco tent that was on offer for a tener the day before. Anything glow in the dark – just for the craic