The first Body and Soul Gathering was announced this week. Taking place during Solstice in Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath it will feature acts such Four Tet, !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Jape, Tunng, Alex Paterson, Crystal Fighters, Voice of Seven Thunders & more on the 19th & 20th June.
Early Bird Tickets are €99 with Weekend Tickets: € €109, Sunday Day Tickets €55, Campervan Tickets: € €30. Bus Eireann are providing buses from Dublin, Cork & Galway. Coachestoconcerts.co.uk are providing buses from Belfast.
Tickets are on sale tomorrow.
From the press release:
The Body and Soul Gathering is not a gig, it’s an experience. It’s about reminding ourselves of the great musicians, story tellers, performers and artists that walk among us. It’s about reconnecting with our culture and each other. It’s about meeting with like minded people, progressive thinkers, healers, even a few kooky creatives. It’s about feeling alive, inspired, excited by life. It’s also about reminding ourselves what there’s no time like the present to have a bit of good old fashioned fun!
The Body & Soul Gathering will take place across the labyrinth of stone-walled gardens and woodlands in the beautiful surrounds of Ballinlough Castle, Co. Meath on the 19th and 20th June. Its promises intimacy, with a capacity capped at 1500 and camping available for the 2 day event.
The inspired Body and Soul programme will include live bands and electronic acts including one of the most original live acts in the world, !!!; pioneer of folktronica Kieran Hebden aka FOUR TET; homegrown electronic hero JAPE; founder of ambient legends The Orb and true electronic legend- DR ALEX PATERSON; mixing traditional Basque folk music with churning basslines and catchy vocals CRYSTAL FIGHTERS; the curious world of sound from TUNNG; the new project from Rick Tomlinson, fully fledged rock group VOICE OF THE SEVEN THUNDERS; London based producer and solo artist GAUDI with his elements of dub, electronica and world music; and KORMACS BIG BAND- 14-piece orchestra comprising of live turntables, samplers, drums, double bass, barbershop quartet, trumpet, clarinet, banjo and live visuals. And more acts to be announced’¦
There will also be electronic acts, street theatre, acoustic jams, a healing area, a permaculture garden, a soul kids area, visual arts, workshops, hot tubs, late night cabarets and a masquerade ball with a moon lit orchestra under the stars.
In keeping with the ancient tradition, the weekend will draw to an end with a fire ceremony in tribute to the festival theme: Phoenix Rising. Marking endings and new beginnings, death and new life and the continuous cycle of change. Festival goers can create their own lanterns in an “illuminati workshop tent” and participate in the closing ceremony.