Ethos

 “Human beings were miraculous indeed – conscious creators, walking this new world like fresh young gods, wielding immense alchemical powers.”
– Kim Stanley Robinson

Welcome to Ireland’s most magical Summer Solstice Celebration…

From 22 – 24 June 2018 at Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath you are invited to shed your weekday skin and transform for a weekend of spellbinding performances, immersive art installations, mind-expanding workshops, thought-provoking discussions, glittering woodland discos, soothing wood-fired hot tubs and unparalleled gastronomic experiences. To name but a few.

Heading into its ninth year, Body&Soul has transformed from a back garden gathering to a bustling village of arts and music that exists for just a few short days each year in the wild Irish countryside. Taking all the energy and power from the longest day of the year, our Body&Soulers bring their most magnificent selves to the table, coming with open minds and ears, looking to connect, reconnect and dance their socks off.

The Body&Soul pack is made up of some of Ireland’s most exciting creative collectives, with collaborators from across the globe contributing to a creative melting pot that shapeshifts each year to bring new surprises and unexpected corners to the stunning grounds of Ballinlough Castle. It was born out of a desire to celebrate life in all shapes, colours and persuasions and the Summer Solstice weekend – a time when the boundaries between our worlds mingle and meld – seemed like the perfect occasion.

2018’s theme is Alchemy – the art and act of transformation. We believe that every person that joins us in celebration has the power to positively affect the lives of others and transform the world they live in year round. Simple acts of kindness, new viewpoints and discussions, a scintillating conversation or an inspiringly bonkers outfit – we’ve seen great stories evolve out of moments shared over those three days and nights. We invite everyone to interpret what Alchemy means to you, be it through your mindset, your energy, your costume or your ideas. Be the change you want to see.

Body&Soul Stage

The Body&Soul Stage is the beating heart of our melodious banquet. Hand-crafted by renowned land artist Christy Collard from fallen trees native to Ballinlough, the Body&Soul Stage is nestled in the centre of our natural amphitheatre. By day, Ireland’s musical vanguard brings the stage to life with eclectic sounds, fresh beats and nostalgic chords. By night it’s your first port of call for our headline acts, this year playing host to Fever Ray, Jon Hopkins and Chronixx to name but a few.

Midnight circus

Midnight Circus reflects Body&Soul’s discerning taste, presenting a cutting edge mix of international acts alongside a strong Irish presence, oscillating between the distinct and the distinctly different. Midnight Circus is the place to expand your musical horizons while you dance your feet off.

Midnight circus

Midnight Circus reflects Body&Soul’s discerning taste, presenting a cutting edge mix of international acts alongside a strong Irish presence, oscillating between the distinct and the distinctly different. Midnight Circus is the place to expand your musical horizons while you dance your feet off.

Woodlands Stage

A beautiful, bespoke stage designed by our resident artist Christy Collard, the Woodlands Stage complements its backdrop of centuries-old towering pines. Sun-dappled by day and soaked in the melodies of some of our finest performers, at night it transforms into a centre for ambient and classical overtures, layered beats, acoustic folk and ethereal vocals, surrounded by intricate light installations.

Reckless in love

Body&Soul’s favourite party place, Reckless in Love is the place for seriously good electronic music. Where late night mischief reigns supreme, Reckless in Love is taken over each night by three of Dublin’s favourite party-starters; Maeve, Mother and HomeBeat. For a higher octane experience, head to the Reckless in Love arena to finish out your night until the small hours.

Reckless in love

Body&Soul’s favourite party place, Reckless in Love is the place for seriously good electronic music. Where late night mischief reigns supreme, Reckless in Love is taken over each night by three of Dublin’s favourite party-starters; Maeve, Mother and HomeBeat. For a higher octane experience, head to the Reckless in Love arena to finish out your night until the small hours.

Pagoda stage

Since its inception the Pagoda Stage has kept its finger on the pulse of Ireland’s contemporary music-makers, showcasing a menu of eclectic musical genres. Filling the air with experimental ambient electronica tones and audiovisuals with dancers and storytellers completing the experience, each act on stage is their own Alchemist, eager to share their music for your aural palette pleasures. Each year the calibre of acts is astounding and this year will be no exception, with acts set to turn sonic rhythms into magical moments to wrap your senses around. Come and experience the rhythms of today and the sounds of tomorrow.

Wonderlust

A little stage of curiosities at Body&Soul, Wonderlust is dedicated to the mutual exchange of wonder and discovery. The Wonderlust spirit is grounded in connection, intimacy and belonging and presents creative people, performers and ideas that are unexpected, that inspire and that present new ways of looking at the world. Wonderlust is a lightning rod for provocative conversation, experimentation, little moments of enlightenment and good old-fashioned entertainment.

By Day: Experiences, stories, conversations, exchanges and performances that feature the people, ideas and current happenings that are animating Irish culture and society right now. Expect participation from people and collectives that are upgrading the system and changing the way change happens.


By Night: Discover and savour a rich range of pop, soul, folk, traditional, contemporary classical and electronic sounds from some of the most exciting music artists around right now. Wonderlust is as much about the discovery of the new as it is about reconnecting with artists you already know and love.

Wonderlust

A little stage of curiosities at Body&Soul, Wonderlust is dedicated to the mutual exchange of wonder and discovery. The Wonderlust spirit is grounded in connection, intimacy and belonging and presents creative people, performers and ideas that are unexpected, that inspire and that present new ways of looking at the world. Wonderlust is a lightning rod for provocative conversation, experimentation, little moments of enlightenment and good old-fashioned entertainment.

By Day: Experiences, stories, conversations, exchanges and performances that feature the people, ideas and current happenings that are animating Irish culture and society right now. Expect participation from people and collectives that are upgrading the system and changing the way change happens.


By Night: Discover and savour a rich range of pop, soul, folk, traditional, contemporary classical and electronic sounds from some of the most exciting music artists around right now. Wonderlust is as much about the discovery of the new as it is about reconnecting with artists you already know and love.

Library of Progress

“Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,  Sermons in stones, and good in everything.”

As You Like It, William Shakespeare.


Echoing the vision of The Library of Congress – the United States’ repository of some of humanity’s greatest works and the largest library in the world, The Library of Progress is a space at this year’s Body&Soul that will celebrate all that is good about human curiosity, the scientific method and critical thinking.

This has never been more important than at this moment in history when people are looking inwards more than outwards; when people are falling victim to propaganda and alternative facts; at this moment when progressive, liberal minds are baffled by the success of forces that seem to glory in ignorance, fear and misinformation.

In order to defeat these forces, though, we must understand them and hear them out. We need to think about how we think; and why. The Library of Progress features a full weekend of events that offer reflections on all of this and some great craic too.

Bulmers Lounge

This year the orchard will be in abundant midsummer splendour with the return of the beloved Bulmers Lounge. Hosting an outrageous mixture of cultivated fun and bloody chaos, a resounding clatter dramatists, storytellers and legendary potent players will keep the tent brimming all weekend long. Spectacular performances, pop-up theatrics and a warm welcome awaits at this bespoke tent and bar.

Bulmers Lounge

This year the orchard will be in abundant midsummer splendour with the return of the beloved Bulmers Lounge. Hosting an outrageous mixture of cultivated fun and bloody chaos, a resounding clatter dramatists, storytellers and legendary potent players will keep the tent brimming all weekend long. Spectacular performances, pop-up theatrics and a warm welcome awaits at this bespoke tent and bar.

absolut Bar

ABSOLUT returns to Body&Soul with a breath-taking three-day showcase of music and theatre that embodies the very nature of Swedish Midsommar. Famed for championing a carefully curated blend of trailblazing acts from home and abroad, the 2018 ABSOLUT stage line up is arguably the best yet.

The theme for Body&Soul 2018 is Alchemy, the magical process of transformation, creation and collaboration. As a deeply innovative ‘vodka with nothing to hide’, this is the perfect concept for the ABSOLUT stage, a space that prides itself on complete transparency and acceptance.

Vodafone Comedy Tent

In its fourth year at Body&Soul, the Vodafone Comedy Tent will showcase an eclectic mix of Irish and international comedy. The tent forms part of Vodafone’s Centre Stage music and comedy festival programme of activities for 2018 and guarantees to have you splitting your sides in the historic surrounds of Ballinlough Castle.

Vodafone Comedy Tent

In its fourth year at Body&Soul, the Vodafone Comedy Tent will showcase an eclectic mix of Irish and international comedy. The tent forms part of Vodafone’s Centre Stage music and comedy festival programme of activities for 2018 and guarantees to have you splitting your sides in the historic surrounds of Ballinlough Castle.

Food on Board

A collective of passionate feeders from the four corners of the island meet to share their foods and ideas at Food On Board, a place to relax and escape the madness. Food On Board owes its name to a want for less waste in the world. Each dish is served on a wooden board then washed and reused with all food waste composted on site. The Food on Board stage provided a soundscape for the broad variety of meals on offer with everything from jazz with a Balkan twist to modern Irish folk, Afrobeat and much more.

Veuve Clicquot Champagne Lounge

Lovers of Cafe Del Mar and the amazing “Hotel Costes” Paris will love the look and feel of the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Lounge. A groovy chillout space offering a diverse range of sights and sounds, during the day the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Lounge is the perfect spot to put your feet up and sip on some beautiful champagne. At night the lounge transforms itself into a home for good vibes and better beats to wind out the evening in style.

Veuve Clicquot Champagne Lounge

Lovers of Cafe Del Mar and the amazing “Hotel Costes” Paris will love the look and feel of the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Lounge. A groovy chillout space offering a diverse range of sights and sounds, during the day the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Lounge is the perfect spot to put your feet up and sip on some beautiful champagne. At night the lounge transforms itself into a home for good vibes and better beats to wind out the evening in style.

Arbutus Yarns

Situated in a forest glade deep in the woods, Arbutus Yarns Theatre is a place for the festival-weary to rest their bones. Choosing to settle in one of the many sofas and armchairs under a canopy of trees and lanterns, let yourself be immersed in live music at a slower pace, and more horizontal position.

The day begins with an Open Mic session, complete with house band, from 12pm to 5pm. In previous years, by inviting any festival goer to take to the stage and play a song, the Arbutus Yarns open mic has showcased scores of under-represented and unheard artists who have stumbled upon the session from wandering in the woods and performed one song or more, to large and very attentive audiences. Ye Vagabonds, The Ocelots, Anna Meike, David Keenan and poet Stephen James Smith are just a handful of artists that curator and music documentarian Myles O’Reilly has discovered this way, and later filmed for his acclaimed music video blog Arbutus Yarns.

After 6pm, this couch laden amphitheatre continues to showcase a delicately curated roster of intimate performances, collaborations and conversations until midnight arrives, at which point the surrounding forest becomes a dance floor until early in the morning.