Body&Soul Reveals First Phase of Acts for 2018Festivals, Music
Exciting news just in from Body&Soul…
June 22 – 24 2018 | Summer Solstice Weekend
Body&Soul, Ireland’s most beautiful midsummer festival, reveals its first artist line-up for the 2018 festival, with Chronixx, Jon Hopkins, Baxter Dury and James Holden and the Animal Spirits among the main acts joining Swedish artist Fever Ray in playing the stunning grounds of Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath, from June 22 – 24.
Other confirmed acts announced for the bill include Shamir, Tank and The Bangas, Son Lux, Saint Sister, Susanne Sundfør, Lankum, Shame, Reykjavíkurdætur, Daithi, Gus Dapperton, Smerz, David Keenan, Bearcubs, ROE, Gundelach, Paddy Hanna, Slow Place Like Home and Kendy Gable who will take to the festival’s unique, handcrafted stages across the weekend.
Chronixx, a Jamaican reggae artist, whose album ‘Chronology’ was named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the best in 2017, promises modern pop R&B sonics and dancehall side-by-side in his first ever Irish show. Meanwhile English producer Jon Hopkins will be performing his hypnotic brand of transcendental electronica live having just released his first teaser of new music in five years. The euphoric fusion of live synths and free jazz from James Holden and The Animal Spirits will captivate, meanwhile Rough Trade Record’s Baxter Dury brings the indie sounds from his critically acclaimed album ‘Prince of Tears’, mining both heartbreak and Brexit to create vivid, character-driven anthems. Shamir’s new grungy, lo-fi sound will evoke a particular sense of zeitgeisty nostalgia, while the joyful lyricism of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert winners Tank and The Bangas bring their blend New Orleans rap, spoken word and neo-soul to the stage.
15 strong female Icelandic rap crew Reykjavíkurdætur look set to bring the heat, while Son Lux display cinematic grandeur and Lankum flex their coarse, urgent, gutsy take on Irish folk. The soulful vocals of Saint Sister will return to the festival alongside the complex, emotive songwriting of Susanne Sundfør,meanwhile Shame bring the wit of their debut Songs of Praise and dream pop proponent, Gus Dapperton, promises to make listeners swoon.
The 2018 edition of the festival, which is now in its ninth year, has the theme of Alchemy and attendees are encouraged to interpret what Alchemy means to them, be it through their mindset, energy, costume or ideas. With great projects, relationships and concepts evolving out of conversations had and moments shared over the three days, this is the audience’s chance to harness this energy and become the change they want to see. Sitting in the stunning grounds of Ballinlough Castle, Body&Soul Festival transcends the classic notion of a music festival, offering a holistic experience for all the senses. Groundbreaking music artists, immersive theatre, beautiful art installations, gastronomic experiences, fragrant cocktails and indulgent wellbeing areas come together to provide a weekend of sensory exploration.
The truly independent festival, which is open to 15,000 enquiring minds, has since its inception placed authenticity, creativity, relaxation and discovery at its centre. With wellbeing at its core from the beginning, Body&Soul offers an extensive indulgence programme finessed over years. Masseuses, therapists, leading yogis and sound healers await in the Sanctuary tent, with the Spa available to soothe the senses in seaweed baths, wood fired hot tubs, Balinese steam treatments and turmeric tonics.
The culinary line-up is headlined by the ever-popular Food on Board, the festival’s high-end food offering, with a communal dining experience providing ethical and locally sourced food from some of Ireland’s most innovative gourmet producers paired with champagne. Hidden art installations, immersive theatre experiences and impromptu spoken word performances also await discovery in the expansive grounds, offering moments of joy and surprise for those who find them. Expect incisive political discussion, insightful workshops and a lively programme of children’s events, all against a backdrop of picturesque greenery.
For more information, visit the Body&Soul.ie.