Homepage

JUNE 21–23 2019 • BALLINLOUGH CASTLE • CO. WESTMEATH

Just Announced

Just Announced

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED

Masks, spirits, sparks rising into the night.

Masks, spirits, sparks rising into the night.

Friends gathering for another amazing, eclectic celebration.

Friends gathering for another amazing, eclectic celebration.

An experience like no other. This is our tenth solstice.

An experience like no other. This is our tenth solstice.

This is Body&Soul 2019

This is Body&Soul 2019

iAMDDB

iAMDDB

iAMDDB is a 21-year old artist from Manchester, north England, stage name is short for I Am Diana De Brito. She rides spiky hip hop beats with a drawling, elastic flow that glides between singing and speech, and calls her sound urban jazz. iAMDDB found online acclaim in 2016 after collaborating with Flying Lotus on the song “JazB” iAMDDB is the lovechild of trap and jazz. Soaking up influences from her Portuguese and Angolan roots, and has taken inspiration from samba, Bob Marley, Nat King Cole and her stint playing with bands in Africa while visiting her dad she’s an undeniable artist – one naturally balanced between the yin and yang of the intrinsic human experience. The 7-track EP is based on what IAMDDB describes as“ a phase of life, of making everything possible out of nothing.”

   Facebook
   Twitter
   Instagram
Octavian

Octavian

Towards the end of 2017, French-born, south-east London-raised rapper Octavian announced himself to the wider world with the release of his first official single, ‘Party Here’. The single not only showcased the 21 year old rapper’s distinctive flow and personality, but his ability to bring together the many genres of London’s fractured music scene. Alongside production from his close-knit Essie Gang crew, his music takes elements of R&B, Dancehall, grime and house – a truly unique sound that is setting the template for rap in 2019.

Since ‘Party Here’ and it’s follow up single ‘100 Degrees’, Octavian has received praise from the likes of Drake (who recently posted videos of himself miming the words to Party Here), Virgil Abloh and countless Radio 1, 1Xtra, Beats 1 and Rinse FM DJs. It was described by Pigeons & Planes as “one of the best introductions to an artist we’ve experienced all year” while Pitchfork gave ‘Party Here’ their Best New Track accolade.

   Facebook
   Twitter
   Instagram
Ms Banks

Ms Banks

22 year old, multi award winning artist from South London, Ms Banks stands for female empowerment, individuality. As reflected in her music, the young rapper encourages women to be authentic and eliminate societal pressures. Ms Banks has headlined shows across Europe while selling out shows in London as a result of the launch of her EP ‘New Chapter’. She has previously supported widely known artists Migos and Big Narstie.

Ms Banks was the only female rapper to feature on Tinie Tempah’s ‘Junk Food’ mixtape with the song ‘Been The Man’ feat. JME & Stormzy. She has been backed by BBC Radio 1 Xtra while her edition of ‘FIRE IN THE BOOTH’ is still gauging traction to date.

   Facebook
   Instagram
   Twitter
Mango x Mathman

Mango x Mathman

Dublin’s Mango & MathMan are two leading figures in the new wave of exciting Irish urban music. They have been making music together for several years as part of The Animators collective, but since 2016 have focused solely on collaborative projects between themselves.

They released their first EP the ‘Wheel Up EP’ on December 8th. The EP is a collection of uptempo grime and rave tracks that encapsulates the raw energy and unflinching style of Mango X MathMan’s live performances. It combines heavy bass, intricate and dark production values with razor sharp wit and street culture. The Wheel Up EP is a bold characterisation of Mango X MathMan in its curation ahead of the more artistically developed and diverse sound of their forthcoming album ‘Casual Work’.

2018 went off with a bang with the release of their acclaimed Wheel Up EP, Mango X MathMan performed with a wide range of Irish artists at Imagining Ireland's 21st Century Song show. At the sold out event in The National Concert Hall, Mango X MathMan performed with Lisa Hannigan and Day_S for their renditions of Deep Blue & Lord Hear Us respectively.

   Facebook
   Twitter
   Instagram
KNEECAP

KNEECAP

KNEECAP consist of Mo Chara, Móglaí Bap, and DJ Próvaí.

Combining their in-depth knowledge of Irish lingo and killer flow with a wry humour, KNEECAP are producing the most unique sound of late which can be heard in their lastest single release ‘H.O.O.D’. Mo Chara and Móglaí jump between languages giving an insight into the life of two young fellas from West Belfast. Accompanied by their uncle DJ Próvaí, they tell tales of harsh encounters with Sniffer Dogs, to escapades with the Connemara Cartel.

Banned by RTÉ and condemned by the DUP, their high energy performances are not to be missed.

   Facebook
   Twitter
   Instagram
Modeselektor Live

Modeselektor Live

Modeselektor's trademark adventures of sound, bass and beats continue to be one of the most sought-after international acts. After several years of global acclaim touring with their collaborative side-project, Moderat, the original Modeselektor mark is once again front and centre with an aptly-named new record, the first since 2011, ‘Who Else’. Their live show will open your heart and change your world.

   Website
   Facebook
   Twitter
   Instagram
The Blaze

The Blaze

As always, everything French duo The Blaze create is open to total interpretation. The ambiguity of their music and film alike is arguably what makes the band so alluring, constantly launching the viewer high onto a bed of complex human emotions. Consisting of cousins Guillaume and Jonathan Alric, both music producers and film directors, The Blaze followed their debut Territory EP (2017) with Heaven (2018) and their incredible video for their brand new single QUEENS in Sept 2018.

Live, The Blaze are simply put, outstanding. Having already played some of the world’s biggest festivals in 2018 - including Coachella, Primavera Sound, Parklife and many more… and Pitchfork Paris in 2017. The Blaze have also performed their first hard tickets tour North America (including sold out shows in New York – Knockdown Center and Montreal – MTELUS) fall 2018.

   Website
   Twitter
   Facebook
   Spotify
Santigold

Santigold

Santigold is a genre-defying musician, style renegade, and visionary artist across multiple platforms celebrated for her fearless ability to fuse unexpected elements into bold new work. An artist whose perseverance relies on invention, her singular aesthetic has made her a major muse watched by the inspired world.

   Facebook
Kruder & Dorfmeister

Kruder & Dorfmeister

Peter Kruder and Richard Dorfmeister, the Producer Godfathers from Vienna / Austria, are universally known for their stunning productions and groundbreaking remixes. The genre defining DJ Kicks album and their masterpiece The K&D Sessions sold each far over one million copies worldwide and became a cult collection. Their left field mixes and luscious grooves and are now rightly considered as genre classics.

25 years after their first release G-Stoned, the classic first EP that became a legendary vinyl milestone, K&D celebrated their anniversary with a very special 3-hour audiovisual set. K&D perform back to back, just as it happened in the early days.

Their tonal language, musical approach and style represents their unique mastery - with a new generation of beat makers referencing their timeless, open minded and forever-looking-forward approach, that digs a deep hole in your soul. Visuals are produced and performed by “lichterloh tv” - the sophisticated visual production team of the famous Austrian act HVOB.

   Facebook
   YouTube
   Spotify
Princess Nokia

Princess Nokia

The shape-shifting emcee has been releasing music via YouTube and Soundcloud since she was in high school and catapulted herself to the next level with 1992 Deluxe—selling out venues across the globe and steadily gaining tens of millions of streams. A Girl Cried Red showcases another fully formed side of Destiny that still taps into the uncompromising feminist ideology of Princess Nokia, and will undoubtedly cement her place in the alternative underground as well as the hip-hop world.

The mixtape draws on influences as varied as the introverted acoustic sounds of Elliott Smith to the bombastic pop-punk energy of Paramore.

   YouTube
   Website
Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest

A searing talent that cuts across genres with her unique voice, Kate Tempest defies categorisation; playwright, musician, poet, novelist and spoken word artist. She was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize for both her albums, for Best Female at the BRITS 2018,received the Ted Hughes Award, a Herald Angel Award for Brand New Ancients and nominated for the 2016 Costa Book Award for Poetry.

Influences range from Wu-Tang Clan, to modernist poetry, to Tracey Emin. Neil McCormick has described her as ‘Britain’s most acclaimed young performance poet, Tempest can dazzle with scansion and flow, cadence and rhymes, but crucially employs her verbal skills in the service of big ideas – about poverty, identity, consumerism – and strong emotions.’

   Twitter
   Facebook
Mano Le Tough

Mano Le Tough

The last few years have seen him make the proverbial “leap” and become a staple of the international DJ circuit. At this point, he’s just as comfortable banging it out at Berghain as he is playing uplifting jams at Panorama Bar, and that flexibility has noticeably intensified the demand for his DJ services. After cracking the top 20 of Resident Advisor’s annual DJ poll in 2013, he reached number 8 last year, and the Irish DJ shows no signs of slowing down in the years ahead.

   Facebook
   Instagram
Talos

Talos

Hailed by the Irish Times as “a spectacularly assured debut,” Talos' debut album was met with raves on both sides of the pond upon its release in 2017, with The Independent calling it “stunning” and the New York Times’ T Magazine praising the songs’ “taut, chilling complexity.” The record garnered love from BBC Radio 1, racked up more than 25 million streams on Spotify, made the shortlist for the prestigious RTÉ Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year.

For his next album - Far Out Dust , Talos knew he couldn’t rest on his laurels, and pushed himself to write some of his most expansive, exciting music to date. French and his longtime production partner Ross Dowling (James Vincent McMorrow, Bell X1) shouldered much of the instrumental load on the album, in addition to working with producers like Doug Schadt (Maggie Rogers, Wet), Valgeir Sigurðsson (Sigur Ros, Feist) and Damian Taylor (Bjork, Arcade Fire), who also contributed a number of mixes.

Dream Wife

Dream Wife

One of the most exhilarating live rock bands to emerge within the last few years, Dream Wife is more than just a band, Dream Wife is a way of life. You’ll struggle to find a tighter knit trio than Rakel Mjöll (vocals), Alice Go (guitar) and Bella Podpadec (bass). This band aren’t just about bashing out insanely good guitar bangers while worshipping at the twin altars of David Bowie and Madonna, they’re about creating a wonderful world to dive into headfirst - and everyone is invited along for the ride.

The band chose the name Dream Wife, not from the 1953 Hollywood rom-com, but for its wordplay - “It’s a commentary on the objectification of women; the 1950s American Dream stereotype package. Having the dream house, the dream car and the dream wife, we want to flip the script on that. Women aren’t objects; we don’t just fit into one mold.”

Get ready to fall under Dream Wife’s spell as they unleash their revved up riotous tracks into the solstice night at Body&Soul.

   Spotify
   Twitter
   Facebook
Soak

Soak

“I was so sure of myself when I was sixteen, so sure of what I was about, and I didn’t give a fuck. But when I finished touring I realised that I absolutely didn’t. I had no idea. When you’re on tour you get into a cycle of something, and in a way you’re growing but really you’re not because everything stays the same, everything stays constant. And then when I was finished I was like, I have no idea what anything is. So, I had a freak-out-moment, and I spent a year in that freak-out-moment, not knowing what was what anymore. It was scary.”

But how can anybody truly know themselves at just sixteen? The term ‘to come of age’ comes with so much baggage, so much expectation, with SOAK’s second album Grim Town, Bridie dissolves all assuredness, and we follow her on this empowering but often painful journey, clinging closely to the handrail.

   Facebook
Wyvern Lingo

Wyvern Lingo

Wyvern Lingo have been writing music together since they met at age 11, and their longstanding friendship is clear in their charm and synchronicity on stage. They originally bonded over hand-me-down albums of Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell and Simon & Garfunkel along with the R’n’B of the 90s/00s that then dominated the radio. Their sound has matured and developed since their debut a few years ago, with an evolving maturity and razor precision audible in their stitching together of a tapestry of influences, all united by their chilling vocal harmonies.

   Twitter
   Spotify
   Youtube
Kiddy Smile (Live)

Kiddy Smile (Live)

Kiddy Smile was raised in a housing project in Rambouillet (Yvelines) to the southwest of Paris. His teenage years were rather rowdy, but he soon acquired a taste for dancing.

Before beginning his musical career, Kiddy Smile was a fashion stylist (a love passed on to him by his mother). Among his influences, he cites African-American genres such as gospel and hip-hop, 90s Chicago and Detroit music, the voguing movement and the New York house ballroom scene.

Through his events, dancers, music and videos, Kiddy embodies that culture where his skin color, love of fashion and homosexuality are fully embraced. His talent and extravagant nature brought him into the public eye and he became known as the ‘French Prince

of Voguing’. In 2016, he dropped two tracks, Teardrops In The Box and Let A B!tch Know, on english house label Defected & released his first album, One Trick Pony, in August 2018.

   YouTube
   Facebook
   Twitter
   Spotify
   Website
Mashrou' Leila

Mashrou' Leila

Emerging from Beirut’s underground indie scene, Mashrou' Leila has continued to carve out their own distinct space within Arabic pop. Singing in Arabic about political freedoms, LGBT right, race, religion and modern Arabic identity, they have crafted some of the most melancholic ballads and raucous anthems in contemporary alternative music. Mashrou’ Leila has performed to sold-out crowds worldwide, including Europe, Canada, North America, and the Middle East. They performed in the United States in Fall 2015, but this is the band’s first large-scale tour in the United States with their newest album. Mashrou’ Leila (pronounced Mashrou-ah-Layla) formed in Lebanon in 2008 against the backdrop of a conservative music scene and one that primarily consisted of pre-packaged pop music, which they felt failed to reflect the reality of their youth culture and the vibrant underground scene.

The band has released four albums to date: Mashrou’ Leila (2008), El Hal Romancy (2011), Raasük (2013), and Ibn El Leil (2015). Ibn El Leil brilliantly reinvents the sound of the band into the sound of contemporary Beirut.

   Facebook
   Twitter
   Instagram

The Black Lips

Black Lips were born of DIY ethic, working their way from sweaty basement shows in Georgia to huge crowds at international music festivals (including a performance at Fun Fun Fun Fest that appears in Terrence Malick’s forthcoming film Song to Song) to tours in such far flung locales as India, Jordan, Cyprus, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraqi Kurdistan, the United Arab Emirates, and many more.

King Kong Company

King Kong Company

King Kong Company have “21st century swagger” (Irish Times) are “festival legends in the making” (Irish Examiner) and are the best live act in Ireland today (Pure M Awards).

That ‘festival legends in the making’ comment comes from a series of mind melting performances at Irish & UK festivals in the last year. There were 10,000 revellers screaming their hearts and lungs out at King Kong Company’s Electric Picnic mid-afternoon rave. There was the gig that set Townlands ablaze (literally) and what about that 2am slot at Body & Soul? If you can remember that, were you really there? This is the band that have their own Buckfast infused beer named ‘Commotion Lotion’, who played a private gig at Aaras An Uachtarain and asked the President of Ireland if he was ‘getting anything off that’, who took their award winning show on a 15 date tour of the UK and Ireland and where, on the final date at The Academy, having had the sold out audience eating out of their hands, there was a marriage proposal. You don’t know what you’ll get at a King Kong Company gig.

   Facebook
   Twitter
   Instagram

Confidence Man

Arguably one of the hottest acts in the world at the moment, Confidence Man released their debut LP ‘Confident Music for Confident People’ in April 2018. The release was followed by a hectic 18 months which saw two sellout tours across the Australian East Coast, three trips to Europe along with numerous festival slots. Confidence Man have a tendency to set audiences ‘a buzz’ and took home the ‘Prized Act of the Festival’ from Golden Plains festival (Australia) as a result of this. Their debut LP made a string of 2018 best album polls including NME and Mojo alongside artists such as Jack White, Cardi B and Tom Misch.

   Facebook
   Twitter
   Instagram
Chymera

Chymera

Producing electronic music since 2002, Irishman Chymera first started gaining wider recognition in 2006 with his release on Mezzotinto "Midnight at the Aquarium" sitting neatly at the juxtaposition of house and techno. Since then he's released on labels like Cocoon, Delsin, Connaisseur, NRK, Dirt Crew and Kompakt. His tracks from deeper house to tougher techno, usually with a distinct focus on melody. His energetic and responsive live performances incorporate various controllers and hardware synths in addition to his trusty Ableton setup. He's played on almost every continent in some of the finest clubs and festivals in the world such as Panorama Bar, Today's Art Festival, Womb, Output, Nachtdigital, Rex Club and more.

In 2016 he released his extremely well received debut album under his ambient alias Merrin Karras: “The world of Merrin Karras is one that provides what sounds like stockpiled soundtracks for yet-to-be-realized and conceived cinematic masterpieces.”

   Facebook
   Spotify
TPM

TPM

T.P.M. are brothers Charles and Andrew Hendy. A Hip-hop duo hailing from Dundalk, (which they describe as a border town in Ireland nicknamed 'El Paso') showing the world what life is like on social welfare payments in their town by creating videos and playing live shows.

Since 2015, T.P.M. have been performing at festivals and venues all over Ireland (Electric Picnic, Body and Soul, Sea Sessions and more) and the U.K. including Glastonbury in the illusive "Underground Piano Bar". Their live shows are anarchic, spontaneous and jarring, with plenty of infectious grooves keeping it all together.

   Facebook
   Twitter
   Bandcamp
Baikal

Baikal

The name Baikal comes from the words ‘Bai Kyul’, which translates as ‘rich lake’. Lake Baikal is the most voluminous freshwater lake in the world, containing roughly 20% of the world’s unfrozen surface fresh water, and at 1,642m, the deepest. It is also among the clearest of all lakes, and thought to be the world’s oldest at 25 million years.

Baikal resides in Berlin and makes multi-layered electronic music for the heart, mind and feet. Preferably all at the same time and on his imprint Maeve, a joint venture with Mano Le Tough and The Drifter.

Baikal’s existence lies in the idea that the music itself, the abstract experience and the emotions it provokes should tell enough of a story to entertain you as the listener, and that the persona behind the artist is of lesser importance.

   Facebook
   Instagram
The Drifter

The Drifter

Mark Flynn AKA The Drifter hails from the picturesque seaside town of Greystones in County Wicklow, Ireland. An extraordinary number of electronic musicians have come from what is a relatively small geographical area with Mark being one of those shining lights.

Mark is a founding member of the Maeve label along with close friends Mano Le Tough and Baikal – the imprint, born in Berlin in 2012, has steered a slow and steady course through the years, releasing highly thought out and interesting electronic music. The alchemy of three label heads is in itself what makes the label so special and sees it continue to garner support across the board. So looking to the future, its clear that Mark doesn’t intend on slowing down anytime soon. Original work will see the light of day in 2019 while continuing to tour both solo and with his label mates, bringing Maeve Showcases to all parts of the globe. Marks passion and enthusiasm for what he does is clear, this coupled with his infectious positivity, leaves you wondering what heights the Drifter could reach.

   Facebook
   Instagram
Oshun

Oshun

OSHUN is an independent Hip-Hop / Soul duo and the sonic manifestation of Afrofuturism. With sublime tracks that vary delightfully in tone and texture, these goddesses offers mantras for self-proclaimed bad bitches, tells stories of connections to the spiritual, and recount testaments of growing up and gloing up. Using digital and acoustic sounds, heavy drums and bass, and ambient harmonic textures, OSHUN connects with the spirit of their ancestors to manifest a sweeter tomorrow for us all while taking a deeper look into their ever-evolving selves. We can’t wait to welcome them to Body&Soul here to hydrate our souls and empower us on our trip upward!

   Twitter
   Facebook
   Spotify
Coely

Coely

Hip hop seldom comes as sunny and funky as Coely’s. Born and raised in Antwerp with a proud Congolese heritage, she simply can’t be pigeonholed into one particular box. Irresistible soul, R&B with steamy raps full of hooks, sick beats, a ton of street cred and the attitude to combine all the above still fails to give you a complete image of this extremely talented singer. But her tracks speak for themselves: catchy singles such as “Ain’t Chasing Pavements”, “My Tomorrow” and the new “Don’t Care” landed her support slots for artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West and De La Soul. And not without reason: when Coely plays live, you’ve got no choice but to dance.

   Website
   Facebook
   Twitter
   Instagram
Laoise

Laoise

What draws us to LAOISE is her innate ability to experiment with her music and the characters, concepts and emotions she’s evokes and portrays in each track. Her brand of glittering yet gritty electro-pop incorporating elements of synth, indie and alternative pop is commanding, gutsy and beguiling. Taking her cues from the silky production of acts like Tove Styrke, Troye Sivan and MO, LAOISE draws on myriad influences but records, produces and releases her music completely independently. Selected as a RTÉ 2FM Radio ‘Rising Artist of 2018’, she’s been praised by musos across Ireland for her charisma and talent, certain to ripple through the crowds at Ballinlough.

   Instagram
   Facebook
   Twitter
whenyoung

whenyoung

Few bands can boast the kind of striking musical identity as whenyoung. The trio, singer/bassist Aoife Power, guitarist Niall Burns, and drummer Andrew Flood, make some of alternative music’s most compelling new sounds; a soaring, stunning, but still singalong take on musical anthemia, that fuses the storyteller’s nature of their home country of Ireland with the effortless cool of the London scene they now call home. After bonding over cheap vodka and the sound of The Velvet Underground in their hometown Limerick, they began playing music together and moved to Dublin and later London, where they became whenyoung. 2018 was a landmark year for the young band, performing alongside Nick Cave and Sinead O'Connor at Shane McGowan’s birthday party, and playing support slots for Dream Wife, Declan McKenna and The Vaccines. On stage, whenyoung are stunning wall of noise, where Aoife’s dreamy, heart-in-the-mouth vocals fizzle over driving basslines and infectious guitar riffs.

   Spotify
   YouTube
   Instagram
   Facebook
Moxie

Moxie

Moxie have crafted their intricate acoustic Irish music into a fresh Urban Style and are ready to present their genre defining, boundary busting Neo-Irish Music to the world. 5 young lads with traditional backbones deliver a new brand of Irish music heavily influenced by Electro, Jazz, House, and Rock putting them at the forefront of new music from Ireland. Delivering an energetic, wild and unique live show, Moxie have been inspiring audiences and musicians with their new palette of 21st century Irish music. The band includes Cillian Doheny (tenor banjo/guitar/electric guitar), Jos Kelly (button accordion/keyboard), Darren Roche (button accordion/percussion/keyboards), Ted Kelly (tenor banjo/electric tenor guitar) and Josh Sampson (drums).

’Irresistible, revolutionary energy’ - The Irish Times ★★★★★

   Facebook
   Instagram
   Spotify
Molly Sterling

Molly Sterling

Molly Sterling (20) a young Dublin-based artist that has been steadily creating a firm place for herself within the Irish music scene, being recognised for her tumultuous lyrics, distinctive vocals, dark and brooding arrangements, as well as being remembered for her stand-out live performances. A wordsmith and songwriter by nature, her third single release follows in the footsteps of her previously released heavily personal tracks 'Plain Static' and 'Stripped Down'.

Sterling has appeared at the likes of Hard Working Class Heroes, Other Voices (Dingle), Output Festival, First Fortnight, Forbidden Fruit and Sea Sessions, to name but a few. Being a memorable live performer, it wasn't long until she was approached by MCD to work together towards her debut headline show. Taking place March 22nd, in Whelans (Upstairs), it came as no surprise that it has already SOLD OUT. 2019 is set to be a huge year for Molly Sterling, with plans already underway for her forthcoming debut EP release.

   Facebook
   Twitter
   Instagram
Junior Brother

Junior Brother

An idiosyncratic, challenging and richly lyrical singer/songwriter, Junior Brother is the pseudonym of 24 year-old Co. Kerry, Ireland native Ronan Kealy. Fusing elements of Irish and English folk with a deeply unique sensibility, Kealy has steadily built a dedicated fanbase in his current residence of Dublin town, broadening his listenership further with each release.

Born outside Killarney, Co. Kerry, Kealy developed a strong love of music from an early age, writing his first song at 9 years old after having taught himself guitar on a banged-up nylon acoustic. A short spell studying English in University College Cork helped Kealy to foster his unique and striking poetic voice, taking his Junior Brother moniker from a character in Jacobean play "The Revenger's Tragedy", a work Kealy studied there.

   Instagram
   Twitter
   Facebook
Proper Micro NV

Proper Micro NV

Proper Micro NV is the alias of 24 year old Limerick electronic music producer/singer and songwriter Rory Hall.

With one album, three EP's and a string of live performances since the projects creation (Electric Picnic, Body&Soul, Castlepalooza, Whelan's, Dolan's, Roisin Dubh, The Workmans, Hard Working Class Heroes & more) - Hall has been hailed by Nialler9, Dan Hegarty of RTÉ 2fm, The Irish Times, and Irish songstress Roisin Murphy amongst others.

Hall is signed to Strange Brew Records. In early 2019, Proper was selected as one of the Thin Air’s 19 for 19 calling him a “genre pushing late night festival act worthy of a big stage.

Proper's debut album Dormant Boy was picked at Number 7 in The Last Mixed Tape's readers album of the year for 2018, as well as Nialler9's Top 20 Albums of the Year and REMY's Top 20 Album's of The Year. Performances to packed crowds at various venues and festivals proceeded this - with Proper showcasing his electronic, dance driven - theatrical and costume based show that had gained him attention.

   Facebook
   Instagram
   Spotify
Sing Along Social

Sing Along Social

The Sing Along Social is a zero-commitment choir founded by singing enthusiast Aoife McElwain in 2015. You don't have to practice, you don't really need to knowthe words and you don't even need to be able to sing. It's about caterwauling along to your favourite tunes with a bunch of friends and strangers.

   Facebook
   Instagram
​PrYmary Colours

​PrYmary Colours

PrYmary Colours are a 2 piece electronic pop act from Wicklow. Their music is reminiscent of 90s dance music with a modern feel. The Irish Times named them (twice!) "New Artist Of The Week". They've supported Kelis, Greg Wilson and Daithí..

A project with a mission to provide audiences with an engaging alternative to more dance and pop forms, PrYmary Colours consists of Cayisha on vocals & Daz on production. PrYmary Colours combine electronic beats with soulful vocals, voraciously drawing from elements of both club dominating epics and catchy radio-ready pop. Their aim is to build a bridge from underground to mainstream with blends of house, pop, disco, tribal latin and 90s music. Bringing the "feel good party" to the festival!!

   Facebook
   Bandcamp
   Instagram
Æ Mak

Æ Mak

At the beginning, Aoife McCann created a vision of an other-worldly landscape on which she could escape to and perform. From then, Æ Mak created a soundtrack to that vision. Collaborating with producer lullahush, the singles ‘Love Flush’, ‘Too Sad to Sing’ & ‘We Have It Right Here’ were born. The singles received support from the likes of BBC Radio 6, Radio X, Earmilk, Clash and The Line of Best Fit whilst the likes of Hot Press and Nialler9 have shouted praise for earlier singles, including 'I Walk', recently featured in the Katie Taylor documentary, 'Katie'. Æ MAK’s energetic performance enraptures the audience. The primitive vocal rhythms and infectious vocal melodies sail a dark sea of electronica.

The last year has seen her supporting Django Django, Warpaint and the mighty tune-yards, performing sold out Irish headliners and playing festivals across Ireland and the UK at The Great Escape, Latitude, Liverpool Sound City, Electric Picnic and Eurosonic Noorderslag 2019.

'With a complete lack of regard for the confines of genre, McCann embraces elements of pop, dance, folk, and electronica hypnotically' - Line Of Best Fit

   Facebook
   Twitter
   Instagram
​Ghostking is Dead

​Ghostking is Dead

Ghostking is Dead is the project of Cork-based producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Matt Corrigan. Writing about themes of personal struggle, grim surroundings and uncertain futures, Matt brings the listener on a journey of bright lights and fading memories, through textured soundscapes that draw equally from indie rock, R&B, soul, blues and hip-hop, led by a soaring lead vocal. Recounted streams of emotion, waves of sound and vibrant melody take the shape of emotional highs and lows, forming from crisp guitar lines, smooth hip-hop infused drums, keys and bass. Co-founder of Hausu, Ghostking is Dead has been producing all his own material since 2016, keeping the music true to his own vision, constantly experimenting and finding new room for invention in his sound. Ghostking is Dead works with visual artists both within and beyond the collective to conjure a unified aesthetic, an authentic picture of the musical and lyrical sentiments.

   Facebook
   Bandcamp
Eve Clague

Eve Clague

Eve Clague is an urban-folk singer songwriter hailing from Clonakilty, currently living in Cork City. Playing music from a very young age, and studying in the School of Music, Cork for 4 years, she has supported well known artists such as Eddie Reader, Talos, Brian Deady, Shookrah, Jerry fish and Pitou. Her music is described as a colorful, personal, guitar driven blend of soul, folk and jazz. She is influenced by artists such as Lianne La Havas, Amy Winehouse, Bahamas and Dirty Projectors.

She will soon be releasing her Debut EP ‘’Young Naive Me’’ - singing honest songs that tell stories of friendship, life and relationships. She has a tour planned after the release of the EP which will include a tour of Ireland and shows in England, Berlin and Glasgow.

   Instagram
   Spotify
   Facebook
Nudy Boy Nature

Nudy Boy Nature

NUDY BOY NATURE is a low-fi, low budget, low expectation recording project started by Jim Christie in 2017. It takes its influence from the likes of Ariel Pink and R. Stevie Moore as well as 60s garage bands. NUDY BOY NATURE is now a four piece ensemble with Ultan Lavery (organ), Phil Christie (guitar) and Dan Walsh (bass) and Jim Christie (drums).

   Nudy Boy Nature
Myles Manley

Myles Manley

Myles Manley is Ireland's number one DIY pop-star whose current incarnation sees him playing minimalist, rhythmically beguiling punk numbers in a 3 piece guitar band with long term collaborators Chris Barry and Solamh Kelly. Dubbed "completely one-of-a-kind artist ... hugely accomplished ... a brilliant and unconventional poetic mind" by The Thin Air, Myles Manley and his band have toured in the UK and Ireland DIY scene extensively in the last number of years while honing a new album of witty, cathartic pop songs entitled 'Cometh the Softies', set for release in Spring 2019.

   Facebook
   Twitter
   Instagram
Fixity

Fixity

Fixity is an experimental music group led by Composer/Drummer Dan Walsh. The tunes are explored in collective improvisation with a fluid cast of musicians from various fields of intrigue, such as Emil Nerstrand, Nils Andersson, Fredrik Persson, Carolyn Goodwin, Philip Christie, Kevin Terry, Neil Ó Loclainn, and Declan O’Shea.

Since Fixity’s first self-produced and self-titled release, they have released 2 live EPs recorded in Cork and Malmö and have performed in Sweden and throughout Ireland with a cast of unique improvisers. 2019 will see the release of Fixity’s second LP on Penske Recordings, entitled “No Man Can Tell”. This new work features an expanded group of Irish and international musicians, continuing to expand on questions of the impossibility of stillness and repetition with an increasing network of collaborators and their welcome voices.

   Spotify
   Bandcamp
Cáit

Cáit

Cáit's DJing is hard to pin down to a single genre or style. Her sets tend toward a highly energetic & fun atmosphere, while also maintaining an intimate & touching relationship with the dancefloor. Cáit's selections are sentimental and unique, while always forward thinking; blurring the lines between past and present in exciting ways.

   Soundcloud
   Instagram
Lowlek

Lowlek

Lowlek are an alternative-rock band from Cork City. Existing originally as an anonymous solo outfit, the now six-piece band have evolved hugely in recent years. With an eclectic musical style they draw on elements of psych, rockabilly, and bar-room & crooner ballads, with an emphasis on effects and lo-fi synth sounds. They pride themselves on their unique visual style, with in house audio-visual elements playing a huge part in their live set.

   Lowlek
   Bandcamp
   Instagram
Kitt Philippa

Kitt Philippa

A classical musician at the root, Kitt Philippa’s songs are strangely urban and often conveyed with digital sleight. Kitt Philippa is no stranger to instruments having piano, guitar, clarinet, prayer bowl and bicycle wheel on the list of instruments she can play. KP emerged with the single ‘Human’. Her follow up single 'Grace' has been championed by Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC 6 Music), Tom Robinson, Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1), Huw Stephens, RTE 2FM, Today FM, Hotpress, The Line of Best Fit and Nialler 9. Her material has been broadcast to audiences across Ireland and the UK at HWCH, Latitude, Stendhal, Other Voices including support slots with SOAK, Villagers, Lisa Hannigan, Hilary Woods, Wye Oak.

Kitt Philippa closed out 2018 by winning 'Single of the Year' at the Northern Ireland Music Prize for their single 'Human'.

“Kitt Philippa is very talented and thoughtful singer and musician who performs in an open and honest way, unburdened by external pressure and it shows” - Hozier

   Facebook
   Twitter
   Instagram
Just Mustard

Just Mustard

Just Mustard are a five-piece band from Dundalk, Ireland who craft their own unique blend of noise, trip hop and electronic influenced music. The band released their debut album Wednesday to critical acclaim in their native Ireland in 2018; earning a Choice Music Prize nomination for Irish Album of the Year. Their first release of 2019 is the split single ‘Frank // October’; recorded in Start Together Studios, Belfast by Chris Ryan.

Comprised of vocalist Katie Ball, guitarists David Noonan (also backing vox) and Mete Kalyon, bassist Rob Clarke and drummer Shane Maguire, Just Mustard have been steadily building a reputation as one of Ireland’s most thrilling new bands - live and on record - since forming in 2016. NME dubbed their 2018 debut album Wednesday “a two-toned masterpiece” and the Irish Independent described it as “a swirling atmosphere-heavy thrill-ride” - while a recent Noisey piece highlighting Ireland’s boom of independent artists compared Just Mustard to “Warpaint wielding a chainsaw”.

   Facebook
   Instagram
   Twitter
Happyalone

Happyalone

Happyalone exploded on the Irish music scene in 2018; their first single "colours" being championed by Spotify and going to number 1 on the Irish Viral 50. They have since been nominated as Irish Times "New Artist of The Week" in June and went on to win RTE 2FM's Play The Picnic competition in July.

They have played a string of festivals this year including Townlands Carnival, Electric Picnic, and Other Voices as well as headline shows in Cork, Limerick, Dublin, Kilkenny and Galway.

Happyalone launched "Season IV" in September - A collection of audio and video releases across all digital platforms. The first release "WDYW4MM" has been described as "sonically ambitious" and "cinematic", while the second release 'Haunted' "drips off the spoon of gratuity like a thick honey, nice and slow, but full of taste."

   Facebook
   Instagram
   Spotify
EMBRZ

EMBRZ

EMBRZ aka Jack Casey, is all about lush melodies, epic moments and a naturally whimsical tone, often laced with nostalgic vocals. His music sonically oozes playfulness, maturity and is emotional electronic music at its core. The self-taught multi-instrumentalist weaves a plethora of influences, to provide rounded and organic sounding music. Finding it difficult to identify with one specific genre, EMBRZ defines himself as a pioneer of emotional dance music.

Within only a few years, he clocked an impressive tally of achievements including several #1s on HYPEM, over 25 million streams on Spotify alone and much support from radio stations such as Sirius XM, RTE (Ireland) and BBC Radio 1. In the same amount of time he’s managed to play some of Ireland’s biggest festivals including Longitude, BodynSoul and Electric Picnic, SXSW, IMS (Ibiza) as well as live shows in Berlin, Brussels and Malta and supported both Shallou and SG Lewis on tour. 2018 Jack continued his upward trajectory with a string of beautiful new releases including ‘Close 2 U’ feat Harvie, ‘Like It Or Not’ feat joan, and ‘She Won’t Let Me Down’ feat Leo Stannard) via Ultra Music chalking up over 5 million streams on Spotify and garnering support from tastemaker media like Clash, Hilly Dilly, Kick Kick Snare, Nialler 9, Chill Nation. Rumour has it that Jack has been working on a larger body of work. When and what that looks like we are yet to see but we anticipate it could only be a defining sophistication of the trademark EMBRZ sound.

   Facebook
   Twitter
   Instagram
Post Punk Podge & The Technohippies

Post Punk Podge & The Technohippies

Post Punk Podge & The Technohippies is a figment of punk and the post's collective imagination in the form of a singer/rapper/musician from Limerick, Ireland.

An accomplished violinist, Podge’s goal is to turn the brown envelope from a symbol of corruption, deception andvgreed into one of self-expression, defiance and laughter. Accompanied by his sidekicks Dr. Asparagus Montague and

DJ Juraasic Park 2, they are stirring things up in their native Ireland with their own sound, a blend of punk, electronic, krautrock, techno, irish traditional music, hip hop and classical with their live shows being a full-on high-energy assault on the senses. “Up the punks, the postmen and everyone in between!”

   Facebook
   Twitter
   Spotify
Fonda

Fonda

FONDA are a five piece Garage rock band from Limerick Ireland. Formed in 2015, their first EP drew comparisons to the Dunedin sound of bands such as The Bats and The Chills. FONDA toured extensively in Ireland throughout 2015 before recording their second EP which featured their debut single ‘Dreaming’ that went on to be placed number seven on The Thin Air’s best Irish songs of 2016 list. They described it as “the sound of power pop having grown older and that bit more cynical...”.

Support slots to the likes of So Cow, Slow Riot, The Altered Hours and Gun Outfit followed in late 2016 as well as a short tour in Canada that included a headline slot at the legendary Silver Dollar Room in Toronto. Most recent support slots have included Fontaines DC, Just Mustard, Pillow Queens and the Altered Hours.

FONDA recorded their new EP with Chris Quigley of Cruiser in March and it’s set for release in May 2019.

   Facebook
   Bandcamp
Extravision

Extravision

Extravision are a new post punk band based in Dublin featuring members of Sissy, Surge and No Spill Blood. Their music is like a high tension wire. Melodic bass riffs, airy sustained guitar, heart-wrenching harmonies and pounding floor tom. In the last year, Extravision recorded their first demo and added No Spill Blood’s Ror to the lineup. Their demo was released at the end of 2018 on Art For Blind Records. They are touring Europe and the UK later this year.

“The city’s finest forward-moving post-punk proposition" - The Thin Air

   Facebook
   Twitter
   Instagram
Kelly-Anne Byrne

Kelly-Anne Byrne

Disco queen of the airwaves, festival stalwart, Mother regular, and all round party starter, Kelly-Anne Byrne joins us to kick off the night time festivities at the Reckless in Love stage. Join her when the sun is down and the disco lights kick in.

   Soundcloud
Sevensol

Sevensol

Sevensol is one third of the esteemed label KANN and one half of the DJ duo Manamana alongside Map.ache. A longstanding figure of the Leipzig scene, behind the counter at record shops and behind the decks at parties, Sevensol has released across his own KANN imprint as well as on Fauxpas, Ortloff, Stretchcat and Mutual Musik.

   Facebook
Neil Flynn

Neil Flynn

Irish born, but Berlin dwelling, Neil Flynn is on the cusp of a wave as a dynamic and expressive DJ, while also building an impressive reputation as a producer of beautiful, yet often tension filled techno. Seeped in music from an early age, Flynn has found a way to weave the soul of an Atlantic island into the relentless rhythms of his adopted city.

Having found a musical home on emerging heavyweight label Lossless, Neil’s releases have found instant support from the likes of Mano Le Tough, Dixon, AME and more, and have been followed by a string of well received remixes.

With an ever-expanding DJ schedule across Europe / America / Australia, and an unquestionable drive for perfection - Flynn is emerging as a genuine talent in the world of electronic.

   Facebook
   Resident Advisor
   Instagram
Faune

Faune

We never want to go anywhere without our disco sisters, Faune, or Mother Soundsystem as we call them! Comprised of the incredible vocal talents of Sarah Byrne and musical genius of Will St Leger, get ready to dance yourself into oblivion.

   Soundcloud
   Facebook
Kev Sheridan

Kev Sheridan

Kev Sheridan is an Irish multi-instrumentalist currently residing in Berlin and releasing on maeve, the record label run by Mano Le Tough, Baikal and The Drifter. Classically trained on piano and a proficient drummer, Kev has played in a variety of bands over the years which helps to explain his diverse musical pallet. Having always held a long-standing love for electronic music, ignited by The Prodigy's 'Experience' at a young age, he has slowly honed his craft and is now releasing the fruits of his labour to the world. This has garnered favourable feedback, including from heavyweights Âme / Innervisions: "I really like Kev's debut record as it reminds me of the early Mano days back on Prins Thomas' label. Very personal and touching at the same time".

His impressive all-hardware live sets incorporate drum machines and various analogue synths with all music produced live on the spot, something rare in the current electronic scene.

   Facebook
   Instagram
Automatic Tasty

Automatic Tasty

A charismatic wicklow wanderer whose all encompassing lets-pack-everything-and-the-kitchen-sink live hardware sets have become a thing of legend. Jonny Dillon has for over ten years now been releasing his personal and idiosyncratic take on electronic dancing music.

   Facebook
   Soundcloud
Mother DJs

Mother DJs

Conceived in June 2010, Mother is an old school club night for disco loving gays and their friends. Packed into a cosy underground space, the club has become an institution of Dublin nightlife and has been named one of the "top five clubs in Ireland" by The Irish Times, Hot Press and Attitude magazine. Not only has the club raised the bar when it comes to queer club-culture in Dublin, Mother is also a main player at creating magical moments at some of Ireland's biggest festivals, last year named one of the top 13 acts at Electric Picnic. The music policy is electronic, synth and all things disco.

   Facebook
Tulla Ceílí Band

Tulla Ceílí Band

Tulla Céilí Band was formed in 1946 (yes, 73 years ago!), when even the idea of a festival like Body & Soul would have been enough to get you excommunicated. When they started, no-one would have guessed that their unique sound would find a home in the hearts of many from Camden Town to Carnegie Hall, along with practically every dance hall and village throughout Ireland. Driven by youth, passion, enthusiasm, curiosity and, of course, a love of traditional music, their unplanned and turbulent journey has spanned seven incredible decades. Among the 50 or more members who have passed through it have been musicians like Michael Coleman, Hugh Gillespie, Joe Cooley, Willie Clancy, Paddy O'Brien, and Tony Mc Mahon. Legends in their own right, we can’t wait for them to evoke times of a bygone era at Body & Soul.

   YouTube
   Spotify
Pillow Queens

Pillow Queens

Having first come together in Autumn of 2016 on a basketball court in a Dublin city park, the four members of Pillow Queens, soon realised that making music together would be an equally productive group activity.

Cathy plays guitar and sings. Rachel plays drums and sings. Pam and Sarah swap guitar, bass and lead vocal duties.

While taking influence from artists from contemporary US DIY indie & punk scenes (such as Mitski, Waxahatchee, Hop Along, Cloud Nothings), Pillow Queens stay true to their Irish heritage, using Dublin colloquialisms in their lyrics and singing in thick Irish accents.

   Spotify
   Facebook
   Twitter
   Website
The Murder Capital

The Murder Capital

Hotly tipped since their debut, Dublin five-piece The Murder Capital have already been featured as One to Watch in The Guardian’s eponymous 2019 list and included in NME’s 100 Essential New Artists for 2019. Hailing from all corners of Ireland, The Murder Capital are a post-punk band driven by the desire to affect cultural change and are at the vanguard of a neo-punk uprising in Ireland alongside Fontaines DC, Slaves and Shame. 2018 was a breakthrough year for the band, with their explosive live shows unleashing gritty, jagged and rage-filled performances on stages which could barely contain their uncompromising intensity.

“Commitment oozing from every pore, riff, piece of pinpoint guitar work, drum roll and voice” The Irish Times

   Twitter
   Facebook
   Spotify
Meltybrains?

Meltybrains?

While it is difficult to define the sound of the five piece under one specific genre, it’s of interest to note that all members are classically trained. Since 2012, Meltybrains? have been creating incredibly imaginative electronic soundscapes, as well as performing highly theatrical live shows with an infectious and incendiary energy. They have a fearless approach to their creative process, which leads to the creation of tracks that captivate the listener as there are endless possibilities to where a track will begin and end. Pure imagination is incredibly refreshing in a world of music that is bound by strict structure and harmony, and the music of these five talented musicians is certain to have a very different but powerful, moving effect on any scene it would accompany.

   Facebook
   Twitter
   Instagram
   Spotify
   YouTube
Thumper

Thumper

One of the biggest buzzes at Hard Working Class Heroes 2018 was Thumper, a noise-pop quintet from Dublin who delivered bubblegum pop through a wall of sonic death. With a reputation for raucous and frenzied live shows, and penchant for howling feedback and pounding rhythm, each Thumper gig is an exercise in unpredictability. Not for the faint hearted!

   Facebook
   Twitter
   Instagram
   Soundcloud
   Spotify
Roe

Roe

ROE is a multi-instrumentalist from Derry (Ireland), Roisin Donald. Laying down her unique brand of self-styled "Grumpy Electro-Pop", she has been blazing a trail for young female indie artists across Ireland, UK, Europe and beyond.

Releasing independently through hometown label Fictive Kin Records, and with support from Help Musicians NI, ROE has already performed on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury, been the voice of a UK wide advertising campaign to promote her hometown of Derry, been chosen as support for Snow Patrols 2019 Arena Tour, winning the 'Oh Yeah Contender Award' for best emerging act at the 2018 Northern Ireland Music Prize and played shows across the globe, from Montreal and Mumbai.

After the success of her previous singles "Hey Thomas" and "Wasted.Patient.Thinking." Roe has had an incredible 2018 with 2019 looking even better…...watch this space!

   Twitter
   Facebook
   Spotify
Tebi Rex

Tebi Rex

An alternative hip-hop duo whose style can fluctuate from catchy, upbeat pop to strikingly dark and complex lyricism, Tebi Rex are leading the charge to bring the homegrown urban scene to a wider audience.

Breakthrough track 'She Hated Love Songs II' ( a collaboration with fellow duo Elkin) acted as social critique of a system that perpetuates unrealistic standards about what love looks and acts like, an approach to sexual politics that was enhanced on their first release for 2018, 'Men Are Trash' - sending them into both the UK and Irish Viral Top 50 charts.

A succession of career high points since has included their debut EP arriving to huge acclaim, follow up 'Peggy's Bus' scoring a radio hit in Ireland, festival appearances at Longitude, Electric Picnic and Indiependence and collaborations with The Blizzards and Eve Belle. Their first album is due in 2019.

   Facebook
   Twitter
   Spotify
True Tides

True Tides

Formed in 2017, True Tides is the intrepid pop project of Cian, Conor and Eoghan MacSweeney, three brothers from Cork, now living in Dublin. Through a reasonably simple set-up of drums, guitar, bass, electronics and vocals, they create bold and expressive guitar music that's at once shamelessly catchy and sneakily complex. Although the brothers have technically been making music together their whole lives , they played their first gig as True Tides in January 2018 at arts and mental health festival, First Fortnight, on a bill curated by ALL TVVINS.

'Higher'is the debut release from True Tides, on Faction Records, home of James Vincent McMorrow, All Tvvins, DAY_S, and Search Party Animal. Released 27th April 2018 on Faction Records, the track was produced by Phil Magee (Kodaline, The Script, & Miles Kane) and mixed by Ross Dowling (James Vincent McMorrow, Bellx1, & Talos)

   Facebook
   Instagram
   Twitter
   Spotify
Flynn

Flynn

Flynn, real name Darren Flynn, was raised in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath but has spent the last number of years plying his trade in the U.K.

His British journey began in Bristol, where Flynn fell in love with 90's hip-hop and R'n'B. He gigged and busked every day for a full three years, sometimes even playing four open mic nights a week, all in order to develop his craft. As his reputation as a talented singer, wordsmith and musician began to turn heads, he moved to London in an attempt to take his music career to the next level and to develop himself not only as an artist but as a writer.The track was first written in a year ago but never quite got the attention it deserved.

Upon joining Diffusion Lab, the team set about writing a second verse, a bridge and adding the depth of instrumentation you hear on the track today.

'Red Light' is a representation of everything Flynn has come to represent. With a combination of his acoustic beginnings and the introduction of smooth, dance-inducing synth, the song stands out thanks to the sing-aloud chorus, made all the better thanks to the strong falsetto vocals provided by Flynn himself. The stylish choral-layering of Flynn's voice lifts the bridge and adds to the track as it reaches its triumphant finish. Flynn's voice throughout is exceptional, especially considering he has never taken vocal lessons. The control which Flynn has when it comes to the higher register of his all-encompassing vocal range is staggering, and the power behind his voice in the songs more subdued moments highlights an artist well capable of altering styles instantaneously.

"When I wrote Red Light I was basically writing a note to myself. The song is about finding the courage to dive into life head on without any hesitations or second thoughts. I remind myself that overthinking will only hold me back and that taking risks is the only way to progress and succeed." Flynn explains.

The Clockworks

The Clockworks

Honest and authentic Indie-Punk telling stories of life as a young adult in 2019.

The Clockworks take the energy, ferocity and driving rhythms of early Punk and furnish this with angular guitar hooks. This forms the foundation for hip-hop inspired, machine gun vocals that spit out wry social commentaries which lie somewhere between Slaves, The Streets and The Smiths.

"This Galway band has been on the lips of everyone that matters this year. From seeing them tonight it is easy to see why. They are something the Irish music scene has been overdue for some time" - U&I

"The Clockworks illicit fond memories of blissful angst and attitude sorely missed in the industry today. They represent the very fabric of musical tenacity amid hordes of risk-less acts."- Pure M

   Twitter
   Facebook
   Soundcloud
JyellowL

JyellowL

Born of Jamaican and Nigerian parents and raised in Ireland, JyellowL has drawn on all three aspects of his background to create a sound and vision that sets him apart on the domestic scene. Currently studying politics at UCD, his subject matter explores the social and global problems that intrigue and disturb him - from topics such as racism ('Cold In The Summer') to the lessons taught him by his Jamaican grandmother on how to be himself in a world that wants to force you down one particular path. Following the release of his summer single 'Medusa' (a stinging attack at false rappers and the fake nature of the music industry) and a string of festival dates that included a memorable Longitude appearance, he returned to the fray 'Oh Lawd' - featuring a guest turn from UK star Aaron U.N.K.N.OW.N. - and the Me n Me 2 EP, with a central theme that our attention is shifted from the things that really matter when we get carried away with our daily trials and tribulations - events actually aren't that crucial for our underlying happiness. You can't keep what can't be held on to.

   Facebook
   Twitter
   Spotify
Rushes

Rushes

Sean Walsh aka Rushes is an Irish singer, songwriter and producer that blends transatlantic styles with soulful vocals and cutting-edge electronic sounds. When you first listen to his sizzling beats you'll be surprised to hear the voice behind the silky vocals hails from Skibbereen, a small town in West Cork.

His tantalizing debut track 'Wild High', a R&B electronic track with a pop edge was influenced by Walsh's love of Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Marvin Gaye. Joe.ie selected 'Wild High' as their Song of the Week and The Irish Times went on to name Rushes as their Artist of the Week alongside his Irish contemporaries Saint Sister and Rusangano Family.

Rewind to 2014, a brief stint studying music production and a support slot for James Arthur at the Cork Opera House, spurred Walsh on to develop his craft. In the same year he connected with Irish production house, Diffusion Lab who also represent Soulé, Jafaris and Flynn on their roster. Working with the music collective has opened up the eyes of the self-taught producer to what's possible as he continues to evolve his sound.

'Liquor' is Rushes' latest single and follows the success of 'Wave', which was well received across Irish radio stations and included in Spotify's New Music Friday playlist and Apple Music Pop playlist, slotting in amongst the mainstream heavyweights.

An alluring blend of electro-RnB, 'Liquor' is infused with dreamy vocals and perfectly polished production. The mellow track blends euphoric melodies and inventive beats with an underlying dark undertone. The result is the epitome of sexy and cool; a finished canvas reflecting Rushes' self-confessed perfectionism and confirming his idiosyncratic talent.

Behind the scenes, the hardworking emerging artist hasworked with the likes of Kodaline, Overhead The Albatross and All Tvvins. Rushes' talent of songwriting, producing and singing are paving the way for Walsh to take centre stage as a performer who will be hitting the festival scene next year. Along with anEP release scheduled for March 2019, it promises to masterfully fuse his influences of R&B, hip-hop, pop and electronic sounds.

   Instagram
Fia Moon

Fia Moon

Fia Moon is an Irish singer/songwriter whose soulful, honest and heartfelt lyrics invoke names like Jhene Aiko, Banks and The Internet.


Growing up, Fia trained classically and began performing from the age of 5. She was influenced by her parents who were also Jazz and classical musicians and grew up listening to the likes of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.

Whilst working part-time and completing her degree in Economics, Fia began gigging across Dublin, posting covers online and developing her own sound.

She issued her debut release 'The Fall' earlier this year, which describes her longing for a sense of home. With no label, manager, or PR, Fia earned herself support from major streaming platforms as well as regular plays on Irish national radio.

She then signed an independent record deal which saw her release 3 back to back tracks between August and late October to much critical acclaim. Her releases were premiered by the likes of CLASH magazine and EARMILK and she has been dubbed as one to watch by the Official UK Charts company.

   Facebook
   Twitter
   Instagram
   Spotify
Niamh Regan

Niamh Regan

Niamh Regan’s beautifully written, gently lilting art folk has seen her star rise steadily in the last couple of years. The Galwegian guitarist and singer-songwriter is influenced heavily by traditional Irish music and folk, with an emotive and poetic maturity running throughout her tracks to date. Her sets are intimate and energetic with a mix of original and traditional ballads, and her lilting melodies are sure to captivate audiences for a long time to come.

   Website
   Facebook
   Spotify
   Twitter
Disconauts

Disconauts

Purveyors of proper house and dirty disco, Galway’s Disconauts have been doing the do since the late 90’s; heavily influenced by early US house from Chicago, Detroit and New York, theyve built a house and disco haven on the west coast of Ireland.

As well as DJing or playing live in the biggest clubs and festivals around the country Disconauts have been running club nights, their infamous boat parties and their One Night Love Affair soirees in their native Galway for longer than they’d care to remember.

Over the years they’ve brought the likes of Moodymann, Charles Webster, Unabombers, San Soda, Mr Ties, Byron the Aquarius, DJ Harvey, Don Williams, Mark E, Dicky Trisco, Moodymanc, Thatmanmonkz, Crazy P, Prosumer, Craig Smith, Phat Phil Cooper, Tama Sumo & Steffi and many more to taste the party atmosphere of the wild west as well as playing alongside the finest Irish talent such as TR-One, Fish Go Deep, Billy Scurry, John Daly, Get Down Edits, Kenny Hanlon, Sunday Times DJs, Keep Schtum and many more

Donal Dineen

Donal Dineen

Donal Dineen is a DJ, Irish radio presenter, photographer, film-maker and former television presenter from County Kerry. Until recently he presented an assortment of loud noise/ electronica and world music on his Small Hours late-night radio show on Today FM. He is also known for presenting the now defunct No Disco TV series on Network 2.

Cian Finn

Cian Finn

Hailing from Galway on the west coast of Ireland, Cian Finn is a vocalist, songwriter & music producer inspired by the sounds of world music, dub and soul. He was the lead singer and founding member of Irish reggae group ‘Intinn’ in his early career. In 2010 Intinn were declared “Best Upcoming Reggae Act in UK and Ireland” at the One Love Festival in London. Cian has featured both live and in the studio with globally renowned traditional Irish group De Danann in which his father was a founding member. As a solo artist Cian has toured in over 30 countries from Japan to Jamaica, Kenya to Colombia and throughout Europe. Known for his vibrant onstage presence and impassioned voice, Cian’s performances voyage through melodic electronic bass heavy rhythms to deep soulful roots reggae, interspersed with soulful acapella moments & live saxophone.

This is an artist rooted deeply in the Celtic spirit, his songwriting is infused with insight and positivity, carrying forward the flame of uplifting contemporary Irish music.

   Facebook
   Instagram
Hatchlings

Hatchlings

Hatchlings is a collaborative project of 5 multi-instrumentalists and songwriters, hailing from different pockets of the border counties of Ireland. Exploring the intersection of folk and jazz in an intimate setting, the lyrical narratives of the songs are steeped in Irishness, capturing the sentiments of contemporary life on the island. A band that performs extensively at home and abroad, Hatchlings are welcoming their 3rd year at Body & Soul as house band of Myles O'Reilly's Arbutus Yarns stage, where they'll share the stage with countless musicians, poets and artists.

   Facebook
   Instagram
Conor Connolly

Conor Connolly

TG4 Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana (Young Musician of the Year) for 2019 , Twenty-six year old Conor Connolly is a button accordion player and singer from Clarinbridge in South Galway. Very conscious of the musicians and music gone before him, he holds a great appreciation for the recordings of traditional Irish music from the 78 r.p.m era and beyond. The influence of the uilleann pipes and fiddle traditions is discernible in his music. Conor has played and taught the accordion at many festivals at home and abroad.

   Facebook
   Twitter

Morning Glory with Kate Brennan Hard-ON

We’re hitting the tunes hard Saturday morning, kick starting our day of disco with a two hour power-top tea dance that will blow your socks off. Join Kate Brennan Harding from 12, sip from a can of slightly warm beer and lets get this party started.

   Twittter
Marlene Enright

Marlene Enright

Marlene Enright captured the attention of Irish media in 2017 with the release of her debut record, Placemats and Second Cuts. In early 2018, the album was nominated for the RTE Choice Music Prize award alongside James Vincent McMorrow, Fionn Regan and Talos. 2019 has seen the singer-songwriter working on new material for an EP release later in the year. Her Body and Soul show will be an intimate, bare bones look at what is to come along with some stripped back versions of tracks from her critically acclaimed album.

“Debut album full of badass swagger and grit from the Cork singer-songwriter who knows her onions when it comes to the ebb and flow of modern Americana. The more you dig into this, the more you realised Enright’s great gift for nailing a song’s natural push and pull.” – Jim Carroll, RTE Culture

“Brilliantly played and superbly produced…ambitious, free-flowing alternative pop songs…a seriously accomplished debut album” - The Irish Times

   Facebook
   Twitter
   Website
Sive

Sive

Sive is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist recently dubbed 'one of the most inspiring and exciting artists of our time'. Combining haunting vocals with delicately woven musicality, Sive carves a compelling style of alt-folk unafraid to differentiate from the norm. In recent years Sive has toured extensively in Ireland and beyond, sharing stages with the likes of Lisa Hannigan and Cathy Davey, and performing on Other Voices. For this performance Sive will share work from her new EP, a beautifully organic collection that tackles the challenges of mental health head on.

   Facebook
   Instagram
   Website
Anna Mullarkey

Anna Mullarkey

Anna Mullarkey is a multi instrumentalist composer, performer and producer. Specialising in piano, synth and vocals. Her compositions vary in style from folk, jazz to electronica. For this show Anna will work closely with James Riordan of Bru Theatre company. James and Anna have just recently performed a sell out show entitled “Selvage” funded by the Arts Council. James Riordan has trained in physical theatre and will bring to life some of the darker themes throughout the music with use of mask and dance.

   Facebook
   Instagram
Sam Clague

Sam Clague

Sam Clague is a singer songwriter and producer from cork. His songs are driven by intricate guitar arrangements that echo the sounds of 60s bossa nova and 70s folk while a soft and melancholy voice melodically weaves its way around it. Sam’s first two E.Ps were recorded DIY and feature lots of colourful acoustic sounds from clarinets and violins to beer bottles. His production style creates a warm psychedelic sonic space for his songs to live in. Sam live performances these days are mostly accompanied by Niall McGuinness on double bass and Tom Crowley on violin.

   Facebook
   Spotify
Cat Dowling

Cat Dowling

Cat Dowling writes beautifully dark pop songs. Her voice has been lauded as one of the most wonderful and evocative in Irish contemporary music. Her husky and achingly intimate vocals will draw you in from the outset. Dowling grew up in a conventional household though music was always playing and she was exposed to the Kinks, ACDC, The Rolling Stones, The Jam and the Beatles from an early age. She learnt piano as a child, performed in school musicals and choir groups throughout her youth, and began teaching herself to play guitar and write poetry as a teenager. Dowling went to University in Dublin and became very disillusioned soon after. "I finished the degree to keep people happy but I had no interest in it - in fact I hated it… I drifted for a few years,” Cat recalls. “I had a hankering for a life in music, but brushed it aside thinking that kind of thing was only for dreamers.” On returning to Ireland, she started to follow the dream. She began to inveigle her way into venues, gigs and bands, and slowly, she admits, “became addicted to the peace and freedom singing gave me. Music felt like a lover that I had to satisfy - even though I did other things to make ends meet, it kept gnawing at me to come back to it.

Dowling has played and fronted numerous music projects, the most recent act was Babelfish, which quickly morphed into the most successful electro/dream-pop band, Alphastates.

   Facebook
   Bandcamp
Meabh Begley

Meabh Begley

Méabh Ní Bheaglaoich, Eoin Ó Beaglaoich and Mikie Smyth are a traditional music ensemble of singing, accordion, concertina and uilleann pipes primarily focusing on the music and song stylings of West Kerry. Siblings Méabh and Eoin come from a musical family based in the Gaeltacht area of theDingle Peninsula in County Kerry. Both began to play music at young ages and learnt a lot of their early music from their father, accordion player and singer Séamus Begley. Both have branched out into separate musical careers and individually have collaborated with several critically acclaimed Irish music acts such as Téada, Liam Ó Maonlaí and Shaun Davey to name but a few. Mikie began playing the pipes over 21 years ago in the Pipers Club in Henrietta Street, Dublin. He has recorded with Donal Lunny, Maurice Lennon, Sean Keane and ‘The Rubberbandits. All three musicians throughout their respective careers have performed all over the world in countries such as Japan, Taiwan, USA, Canada and Russia and most recently collaborated with guitarist Bréanainn Begley to perform in Amsterdam.

JPTrio

JPTrio

JPTrio is a Trad-Hop collective formed in county Sligo reemerging from a brief hiatus. The core consists of Brothers Ted (Electric Guitar & Banjo) & Jos (Keyboard & Accordion) Kelly along with fellow Sligo man Paul Leonard on drums. They’re very much at the forefront of a new vision to sculpt a path linking traditional Irish rhythms and melodies with aspects of hip hop and jazz. They are hoping to collaborate with singers and musicians across the Emerald Isle in an innovative process that knows no boundaries. The Kelly brothers both play in Neo Irish group Moxie, while Leonard, who lives in Cork, is an active session musician and a much sought after drummer having completed a music degree in CIT Cork School of Music.

   Facebook
Pete Pamf

Pete Pamf

Peter Lucio Ruotolo aka Pete Pamf will be doing his solo show which he started at this very stage two years ago. Pete became frustrated with turning down gigs unable to field a team thus creating a deep backing track of heavy kick drums and strange noises to assist his current live show. “I feel I’ve only touched the surface of what’s possible performing with this medium” Pamf explains. Born in California’s South San Francisco area it’s easy to hear his Bay Area influences ranging from Oaklands Digital Underground to the more southern California sounds of Fishbone and NWA. Living in Ireland for over two decades he’s worked and played on iconic albums from Kila’s Tóg É Go Bog É to the upcoming Divine Comedy’s Office Politics out this June. Pete says “It’s great to be asked back to the great Arbutus Yarns stage. It really is one of the best stages on the Irish festival circuit.”

   Facebook
   Twitter
John Francis

John Francis

John Francis is a singer and multi-instrumentalist whose work centres around traditional and folk material from Ireland and further afield. He is a founding member of the band, Skipper's Alley, with whom he has toured extensively throughout Europe and America as well as playing some of the biggest Irish festivals including Electric Picnic, Other Voices and Body and Soul. John is an active session musician around Dublin and has recorded with artists such as Lankum (Between the Earth and Sky) and Ye Vagabonds (The Hare's Lament). He was recently asked to perform at Glen Hansard's annual Christmas fundraiser in Vicar Street and also to support Lisa O'Neill in Liberty Hall. His debut EP which he recorded with Spud Murphy (Lankum, Katie Kim, Percolator) is currently being mixed and is due to be released in the coming months.

   Facebook
Róisín Seoighe

Róisín Seoighe

Connemara Native Róisín Seoighe began as a Sean nós singer. As she got older she branched into performing her own Irish language compositions. In 2015 as a 16-year-old student, Róisín won PREDA: Ireland’s national song contest with "Freedom Song”.

She was nominated for Nós’s 2017 Irish language ‘Up and Coming Artist” award, in the same year she won Gael Linns ‘Song of the year’ with "Sín do lámh". In 2018 she wrote and performed her newly composed song "Níl mé Marbh " as part of a nationwide tour called "Aisling?".

   Facebook
Helen Diamond

Helen Diamond

Helen Diamond is a singer and fiddle player from Dublin. She has strong family links with the North of Ireland and from an early age has been drawn to the rich northern tradition of unaccompanied English-language singing, of which she is one of her generation’s leading exponents. Helen has performed on RTÉ radio and television and at events such as the Willie Clancy Summer School, Electric Picnic, North Atlantic Fiddle Convention, Minnesota Irish Musicians Weekend (USA) and Copenhagen Irish Festival. She released her debut solo album in 2018.

   Facebook
   Website
Niall Thomas

Niall Thomas

Niall Thomas is a Dublin based Musician and Songwriter who released his second studio album ‘Night Sky Blue’ in April 2018 receiving a glowing 4 Star Review from The Irish Times with comparisons being drawn to the late great John Martyn and Nick Drake. Renowned for his intricate guitar stylings and mellifluous vocals Niall will be sharing songs from his back-catalogue alongside new works taken from his third studio album which is being released in Autumn 2019.

“Night Sky Blue is a heart-warming selection of tender songs about daily life, human resilience and love and loss...very pleasing shades of Nick Drake and John Martyn... a moving paean to Dublin’s fair city, and life itself.” - ★★★★ The Irish Times

   Facebook
Jane Willow

Jane Willow

Jane Willow is a Dutch folk musician who moved to Ireland at age twenty-one to pursue music. Her music is laced with Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake influences. In recent years Jane’s played an incredible amount of gigs, performing at Vicar Street, Whelan’s, Temple Bar Tradfest and Electric Picnic. She’s supported the likes of Glen Hansard, Nicki Bluhm, Mark Geary and Kila. On her debut EP ‘Onward Still’ she collaborates with musicians Dave Hingerty (drums: Kila, Josh Ritter), Vyvienne Long (cello: Damien Rice). Jane will play a run of shows this coming autumn.

   Facebook
   Website
Lewis Kenny

Lewis Kenny

Lewis Kenny is a poet and playwright hailing from the north inner city of Dublin. His works draw on urban experience and youth culture, bringing to light social and economic situations that the youth of our day face. To date, his poetry videos have been viewed over two million times. He is the founder of the Inter-Varsity Poetry Slam and OutStraight, a collective of poets and street artists. He is the poet in residence for Bohemians football club. Has made numerous television and radio appearances including RTÉ One’s art show ‘The Works’, 'Soccer Republic', The John Murray Show and the Breakfast Republic. He has written and starred in several advertisement campaigns, such as Euro 2016, Dublin Chamber of Commerce's 'Dublin 2050' project and has been a featured performer on BBC One's Euro Football Show. His video shot with RTE entitled ‘Cabra’ was featured in Zebra Poetry Film Festival 2014 in Berlin. His work has seen him share the stage with the likes of Hozier, Saul Williams and Akala to name a few.

''... Simply Brilliant'' - Irish Times

"Your man is hilarious" - The Rubberbandits

   Twitter
   Instagram

Tickets

BODY & SOUL FESTIVAL 2019 JUNE 21– 23

Buy Now
10 Years of Joy

Please let us know how you’d like to hear from us:



Body&Soul will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing. You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at info@bodyandsoul.ie. We will treat your information with respect. For more information about our privacy practices please visit our website. By clicking below, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms. We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.