Bizarre and Beautiful Banquet of Earthly Delights for 2017

Bizarre and Beautiful Banquet of Earthly Delights for 2017

Body&Soul Announces Bizarre and Beautiful Banquet of Earthly Delights for 2017

Summer Solstice Weekend |June 23 – 25 2017 | Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath
image003Body&Soul, Ireland’s most beautiful midsummer festival, has announced the first elements of its 2017 programme spanning music, arts and culture, wellbeing and epicurean treats. The stunning grounds of Ballinlough Castle will, for the eighth year, host a weekend of decadent indulgence, cultural diversions and magical moments.

This year will see a newly commissioned Body&Soul main stage, designed to complement the soaring backdrop of trees, the sloping natural amphitheatre and Ireland’s most receptive festival audience. British electro-pop outfit Metronomy, whose 2016 release Summer 08 hits the highs of 2011’s classic English Riviera will join American alt-country collective Lambchop, whose move into gorgeous and nuanced electronic territory with album FLOTUS is cause for some summer celebration. French dance pioneer Vitalic will bring his hugely atmospheric blend of cosmic disco-house to Ballinlough, having released his first album in over a decade in 2017. Nottingham duo Sleaford Mods will champion their no-holds barred critique of the establishment in a riotous barrage of a set, with Malian sensation Songhoy Blues returning with their unique mix of R&B, Blues and traditional Malian tunes.

Festival Director Avril Stanley said “We’re excited to announce the first batch of acts set to join our ever-expanding music and arts programme. We’re taking Body&Soul back to its original ethos – being an incubator of great ideas and being ahead of the curve, presenting people, acts and ideas that we love and want to showcase. This is just the first announcement of many, so stay tuned!”

After huge success in its inaugural year, the Food on Board area will return and expand in 2017. Passionate feeders from the four corners of Ireland will prepare exquisite meals throughout the day, served on packaging-free wooden boards. A gourmand’s delight, the Food on Board area will also host a conversation space, dedicated to the wonder, craft, appreciation and love of gastronomic indulgence.

Scottish DJ duo Optimo will curate the Midnight Circus for one night as part of their 20th anniversary party Optimo20, featuring the heady, exhilarating Avalon Emerson, Miss Red & The Bug, Mr TC and Kelly-Anne Byrne: expect the energy of an underground warehouse with bleeding-edge sounds that will leave you wanting more. Canadian First Nations group A Tribe Called Red will perform their fusion of traditional sounds with reggae and dubstep-influenced dance and Irish act King Kong Company will suit up again for another visually impressive set.

A sell-out event since its inception, Body&Soul delivers a truly unparalleled experience. Much more is still to be announced, including new small venues, a diverse and unparalleled arts programme, a packed family programme in Soul Kids, new areas, new bars and new partners. This June at Ballinlough Castle, embrace your Second Skin…

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