The countdown is on for Body&Soul 2014, which takes place over the summer solstice weekend, once again with a very impressive line-up.

Good music, diverse acts and a mythical-magical woodland location set the scene for Body&Soul. It’s one of the most anticipated festivals on the Irish calendar but it maintains its intimate atmosphere and manageable feel. Modern legend has it that when the inaugural Body&Soul was announced in 2010 for the summer solstice weekend, Met Éireann wrote to the organisers to tell them that it rains that weekend each year. In spite of that it’s sold out for the last four years as musos, foodies, art lovers and the good-time revellers come together to salute the summer.

This year’s line-up includes perfomances by the Goldfrapp, Caribou, John Grant, Darkside, Jon Hopkins and Gary Numan all taking to the main stage over the weekend. The highlights of the Midnight Circus arena include Of Montreal, Tom Vek, The Field and recent roots and reggae addition Max Romeo. The full timetable and final acts are still to be announced. Take some time also to experience the varied events at the Wonderlust Stage – expect ideas, curiosities, experimental music, theatre, conversation, debate. Come with an open mind and you might leave with a little bit extra.

The lineup for the 2014 Body & Soul festival in Ireland
It’s the ambiance at Body&Soul that keeps the crowds returning, almost more important than the music. It’s what you find at Ballinlough Castle when you stray from the main stages and get lost in the thicket: Unwind in the walled garden, feast at the range of artisan food stalls, have a laugh at the Good Times Lounge. My House is the best free-gaff you’ll ever again attend, playing nostalgic guilty pleasures all weekend long. Once you’re weary the Arbutus Yarns Cinema Yurt is a good spot to relax or there’s a seaweed detox bath and sauna in the Lakeside Sanctuary & Spa.

The open-air Masquerade Ball takes place on the Saturday Night. This year’s theme is The Wild Card for those who can plan to pack a costume – or at least include a mask.

Tickets are currently available online at €139.50, including booking fee and VAT; family tickets available for those wishing to stay in the dedicated family campsite. A family ticket admits 1 adult and 2 children, 12 or under; event and bus tickets are available for €169.50 including booking fee and VAT. Sunday tickets available for €55 including booking fee and VAT for those wishing to attend on the Sunday only.

The Wild Card - Body&Soul 2014
Goldfrapp playing Body&Soul festival 2014
Caribou playing Body&Soul festival 2014
Buses depart Friday & Saturday from Custom House Quay in Dublin. Returning Sunday & Monday. For times check the festival website or the Bus Éireann website. Or you might even consider carpooling.

Body&Soul Festival; Ballinlough Castle, Co.Westmeath; 20-22 June 2014.

Ballinlough Castle


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