by / June 21st, 2013 /

Body & Soul 2013: State’s 10 to see

With Body & Soul kicking off tonight at 10pm, it might be time to start thinking about who you’d like to see. Or, you could just follow State’s recommendations and you’ll probably still have a good time. You should also see Nick Cave, but you don’t need us to introduce him.

Adultrock | Midnight Circus | 3:30pm, Saturday

Newbridge’s Gavin Elsted (aka Adultrock) is priming himself as one of the early highlights of the festival with his fuller, funkier take on chillwave. (George Morahan)

Forrests | Midnight Circus | 8pm, Saturday

Cork duo Forrests have yet to even release an EP, but as one of State‘s Faces of 2013 they will obviously command a sizeable audience. The heady rush and brooding energy of their electronic productions may also have something to do with it, but whatever to that. (GM)

James Murphy (DJ set) | Midnight Circus | 10pm, Friday

It’s only been nine months since his Electric Picnic DJ set and the release of LCD Soundsystem’s swan song, Shut Up and Play the Hits, but James Murphy is missed. Returning to these shores once more to dazzle with an eclectic tapestry of music from today and down the ages, the DFA head honcho is sure to be among the highlights of Body & Soul weekend. (GM)

Jon Hopkins | Midnight Circus | 11:45pm, Sunday

Latest album Immunity finds the post-dubstep producer on sparkling form, and the Midnight Circus will be privy to one of its first airings on Sunday night. Expect glitch-filled soundscapes of quiet beauty with patient builds and sleepy yet compulsive breaks. (GM)

Kurt Vile | Body & Soul Stage | 7:45pm, Saturday

Kurt Vile stands out on this year’s bill. Closer to headliners like Nick Cave and PiL than the largely electronic acts that surround him, Vile and his backing band the Violators revel in a sort of sun-soaked, laid-back psychedelia that will make for pleasing listening on a midsummer’s evening. (GM)

Nicolas Jaar | Body & Soul Stage | 1am, Sunday

It falls to Nicolas Jaar to bring this year’s festival to a close, and the organisers have chosen a safe (but still very creative) pair of hands to do so, if Space Is Only Noise and his acclaimed Essential Mix are anything to go by. The Chilean-American mixes sparing house beats with influences from his ancestral homeland to great, idiosyncratic effect. Ghostly, pulsating and sure to be a special two hours. (GM)

Overhead, the Albatross | Body & Soul Stage | 2:30pm, Saturday

Opening up the main stage on Saturday are the Dublin instrumental rockers, who have forged quite a live reputation with their recent performances. Expect pummeling rock and moments of utter transcendence. (GM)

Pantha du Prince | Midnight Circus | 10:15pm, Sunday

Hendrik Webber will be taking a break from his side project with the Bell Laboratory to focus on the mothership in Westmeath. And with good reason, as, on his own, the Hamburg producer has produced some of the most delicate and affecting (if still danceable work) you’re likely to hear. (GM)

RSAG | Midnight Circus | 8pm, Saturday

Kilkenny’s Jeremy Hickey, better known to you as Rarely Seen Above Ground, has quite the task on his hands. Recreating his assuredly hectic one-man band for a live audience is a suicidal mission aided by backing tracks and some impressive visuals, but when he accomplishes it you’ll surely be impressed. (GM)

Solange | Body & Soul Stage | 9:45pm, Sunday

Ms Knowles the younger may not have the megawatt celebrity of her big sister, but she has a growing canon of songs to choose from, including ‘Losing You’, which is pretty great. Otherwise, her easy voice and laid-back soul set her apart from you-know-who and have made her a compelling force in her own right. (GM)