Welcome to Body&Soul 2018…

Summer Solstice Weekend, 22nd – 24th June, 2018 at Ballinlough Castle, Westmeath, Ireland

Body&Soul is a celebration of life, diversity, music, culture and the arts across three days and nights, hosted on one of Ireland’s most stunning country estates.

Every year our latest crew of Body&Soulers make the pilgrimage to this beautiful, verdant land that is transformed into a colourful festival village. It’s filled with hand-crafted stages, 15th century walled gardens, hidden forest dens, magnificent art trails and al fresco spas where the only rule is to expect the unexpected.

What began as a back garden gathering has slowly grown into an unrivalled event, where every moment is curated and every sound considered. Body&Soul is comprised of creative collectives from Ireland and abroad that have sought to push the limits and explore the fringes of how the festival mould can benefit the world around it.

We’re also dedicated to reducing our impact on the land, taking new steps each year to make the festival more sustainable. Through affecting positive change we want to continue to use the land that hosts us for many years to come, and we encourage our Body&Soulers to join in the journey.

We’re an independent festival with a heart-shaped mind and a cutting edge soul.


The Essentials

Where & When is Body&Soul Festival 2018?
Body&Soul Festival 2018 will take place on the Summer Solstice Weekend, 22nd – 24th June at Ballinlough Castle, Clonmellon, Co. Westmeath.

How much are tickets and where can I buy them?
Tickets are available to purchase from our official ticketing partner Ticketbooth as well as ticketing agent Festicket. Tier 2 tickets are currently on sale at the cost of €169, Tier 3 tickets are €195. The event is strictly over 20s and photo ID will be required (passport/ driver’s licence / Garda age cards).

Can you buy single day tickets?
Sunday only tickets will become available for purchase in March, otherwise, you can only purchase weekend camping tickets.

I can’t go anymore, can I get a refund?
All tickets are non-refundable.

What about if I want to give my ticket to a friend?
You can transfer a ticket to a friend by logging into your Ticketbooth account and paying a name change fee. We require that the correct name is on your ticket in order to enter the festival.

want to bring my child, do they need a ticket?
Body&Soul Festival is an over 20s event. Photo ID will have to be presented if age is in question. However, children under 12 are admitted free of charge when accompanied by a parent with a Family Camping Ticket (max. two children per ticket-holding adult) or a Sunday Day Ticket. You register your child at the point of sale via Ticketbooth. 13-19 year olds are not permitted, even when accompanied by an adult.

I’m under the age of 20, can I attend Body&Soul?
Body&Soul is a strictly over 20s event and you are required to provide proof of age when you attend (driver’s license / passport / Garda ID). Our age guidelines are due to the nature of our programming, which we feel is best suited to those 20 and over. We do however provide a children’s programme for children under 12 and you can attend with your children by purchasing a family ticket. See above query for more details.

Camping Info

What is the Us&You Campsite? Why should I book an Us&You Ticket?
The Us&you campsite is a ‘green campsite’ for conscious campers. It’s where the soundest people at the festival camp, basically. We strive to make the festival more environmentally sustainable. Us&You campers enjoy faster entry to the festival, dedicated eco-facilities and a programme of events at our café. There are lots of other treats we’ll reveal closer to the festival. Body&Soul’s aim is to eventually expand the Us&You campsite to cover the entire festival campgrounds. As always, we need You to help Us to achieve this.

I want to camp in the Boutique Campsite, what are my options?
This year, we’ll be offering Boutique Camping options through our ticketing provider, Ticketbooth and also through our camping providers Silk Road, LPM Bohemia and Pitched Perfect. You can purchase via either our system or theirs to secure your spot in the Boutique Campsite. Terms and conditions apply and you may be required to pay a deposit, please read these before you purchase.

I want to pick up my tent at the festival, how can I do this?
We work with Pamper the Camper to provide camping packages that you can collect (and even have pre-pitched for you!) at the festival. These packages are available through our ticketing provider, Ticketbooth, and also through the Pamper the Camper website.

Can I park my car beside my tent?
No, vehicles are not permitted into any of the campsites or the campervan area for health and safety reasons.

What about if I have a campervan?
Campervans are permitted into either the campervan area, or the family campervan area with a Campervan Pass. These are available via our ticketing provider, Ticketbooth. You can purchase yours here. You’ll need one campervan pass per vehicle and this is required for you to enter your campervan area. We do not permit tents to be pitched beside your campervan and there are no electrical hook ups or generators allowed in the campervan area for health and safety reasons.

Can I bring a caravan?
Yes, you can park a caravan in the campervan area. However, once positioned you will need to unhitch and park your car in one of the car parks. Please note that a campervan pass will need to be purchased for your caravan.

Can I park a commercial style van (hi-ace, transit, etc.) in the campervan area if I have a campervan pass?
No, sorry. Only proper purpose-built or adapted live-in vehicles will be permitted.

Can I bring my pet?
No, we don’t allow pets on site.

Can I bring a gazebo?
No, we don’t allow gazebos for health and safety reasons.

Wellbeing at Body&Soul

How do I purchase a voucher for The Sanctuary?
Vouchers for our Sanctuary area (which offers therapies and workshops) can be purchased through Ticketbooth, either when you buy your ticket or as an add-on.

I purchased a voucher for The Sanctuary, how do I redeem it?
Our booking system for both The Sanctuary will go live in the coming months via our Appointy system. If you purchased a voucher you’ll be emailed the link to book and you can enter your voucher number as payment. You will have the first pick of the therapies on offer, before the general public.

I want to book in for a hot tub with the Immerse Spa Experience, how do I do it?
The Immerse Spa Experience is where you can find our wood fired hot tubs, Irish seaweed baths and Balinese Boreh treatments. We usually release our booking system for The Sanctuary and the Immerse Spa Experience at the same time and you can book for yourself and friends. We usually offer a discount for Friday night sessions, so keep your eyes peeled on our social media!

U.K. Press Contact

If you are looking to contact our UK Press, you can do so here by contacting Eleanor Scott through her email at ellie@margaretlondon.com

Families at Body&Soul

What is included in a Family Ticket?
We’re aware that families come in all shapes and sizes. With that in mind, our family ticket grants one adult and two children access to the Family Campsite. The Family Campsite includes its own independent entrance, dedicated shower and toilet facilities and the invitation to enjoy the full programme of Soul Kids activities on offer. If your family includes more than one adult, then each additional adult should purchase their own Family Camping ticket at the same price as a traditional Weekend Camping pass.

Can children over 12 attend the festival?
Currently Body&Soul only provides appropriate programming for children under 12. Our Family Campsite activities and Soul Kids area are specifically designed with under 12s in mind and we don’t currently provide adequate support for teenagers. For this reason we restrict family tickets to children 12 and under.

I want to arrive at the Family Campsite before my children, can I gain access?
Our policy is that adults must be with their children in order to gain access to the family campsite. Families have a dedicated entrance to their campsite away from other campers and it is a requirement that you have you children with you in order to obtain your wristbands and gain access to the family campsite.

I bought a family campervan pass, where do I go?
If you purchased a family campervan pass you can enter the festival site via the family entrance. If you do not wish to camp in the family campsite please purchase a general campervan pass.

Food&Drink at Body&Soul

Our Alcohol Policy:
Each individual is permitted to bring the below amount of alcohol provided it isn’t in glass containers. Decant your spirits and wine into plastic bottles before you arrive!

24 X 500 ml cans of beer, cider or ready mix drinks
1 X 750ml bottle of spirits
3 bottles of wine (decanted into a plastic bottle) / or 1 x 2 litre wine box

NOTE: No alcohol permitted on Sunday day passes.

  1. This applies to all ticket holders, performers and event staff.
  2. You will be checked at point of wrist-banding.
  3. Absolutely no re-entry with alcohol once wrist-banded.
  4. Sunday ticket holders are not permitted to bring any alcohol – it will be confiscated at point of wrist-banding.

Can I bring my alcohol with me into the arena?
Yes, you can. Body&Soul operates a free flow policy, which means you can bring your personal limit of alcohol that you brought to the festival into the arenas. We’re sound like that.

  • There will be no further searches once you have been admitted to the festival – search is at point of entry only.
  • Liquids of any sort, alcoholic or non-alcoholic, can be brought wherever you wish.
  • No glass containers are permitted on site whatsoever but decanting services are available at the main entrance where 1 litre plastic bottles are available for €1.
  • There are free water points throughout the site.
  • Sunday ticket holders are not permitted to bring alcohol into the festival site.

However, you can not re-enter the festival with alcohol. If you leave and come back, you won’t be allowed to bring more alcohol with you.

What food is on offer at Body&Soul?
We pride ourselves on having a broad range of food options for every taste and desire. Our grounds are filled with food traders of all persuasions and our Food on Board area, nestled in the woods, has some of Ireland’s best gourmet producers serving their dishes on reusable wooden boards. There are options for vegetarians, vegans and those with dietary requirements. We release more detailed information on our traders in the run up to the festival, follow us on social media and keep up with our newsletter to find out more.

Can I bring food with me?
Yes! We have designated barbeque areas in our campsites for you to bring your own disposable barbeques and cook away. However, we do not allow gas camping stoves on site for health and safety reasons.

Opening Times

What time does the festival open?
Car Parks
open at 9am on Friday 22nd June.
Campsites from 12 noon. Arena 3pm.
Box Office Hours: Friday 22nd: 12 noon – 11pm / Saturday 23rd: 9am – 10pm / Sunday 24th: 12 noon – 6pm
Entry to the event will not be authorised outside of these times.

How late can I arrive?
You will need to be wristbanded and entered into the festival before 11pm on Friday, 22nd June. 10pm on Saturday, 23rd June and 6pm on Sunday 24th June.

Are there different times for the Family Campsite?
Yes. Family Car Park opens @ 10am on Friday 22nd June. Campsite @ 12 noon. Arena @ 3pm.
Box Office Hours: Friday 22nd: 12 noon – 11pm / Saturday 23rd: 9am – 9pm / Sunday 24th: 10am – 2pm
Entry to the event will not be authorised outside of these times.