Programme Announced for Body & Soul 2023
Music and arts festival Body & Soul has announced the programme for this year’s event, taking place from 16 to 18 June at Ballinlough Castle Estate, Co. Westmeath. The festival, which is now in its thirteenth year, features music, comedy, talks, cabaret, live podcast recordings and more, with one stage dedicated entirely to hip hop.
Headliners of the festival include international and Irish acts such as German electronic group Moderat, electronic duo The Blaze, The Murder Capital, Swedish singer-songwriter and member of The Knife, Fever Ray, singer and producer Alison Goldfrapp, Kojaque, Denise Chaila, American DJ The Blessed Madonna, Kneecap and Gemma Dunleavy.
The Hennessy Hip Hop House will be the festival’s hub for celebrating hip hop throughout the weekend and features Aby Coulibaly, Bon Voyage, Celaviedmai, God Knows, JyellowL, MuRli, Nealo, Negro Impacto, RíRá, Ruby Ivy, Strange Boy and Sweetlemondae. There will also be a packed programme of DJs at the Hip Hop House, including Aoife Nic Canna, Mango, Moving Still, Nightmares on Wax, Queen Beatz, Stevie G Soundsystem and more. The space will also present talks, panel discussions and workshops during the day.
The Tulla Céilí Band, Aoife Nessa Frances and Welsh musician Gwenno are also on the festival programme, as well as Kurt Vile & The Violators and blues rock band Tinariwen from Mali who blend traditional Tuareg and African music with rock. Ye Vagabonds, Jealous Of The Birds, Ailbhe Reddy, Junior Brother, Real Lies, Ruti, Sorcha Richardson and THUMPER will also perform.
Dance, comedy and podcasts
The Beacon Sound System is the festival’s dedicated stage for electronic music and will showcase DJs and artists across the weekend including Bella Festa, Cian Ó Cíobháin (presenter of An Taobh Tuathail on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta), producer and DJ Kate Brennan Harding, DJ Lolz, Marion Hawkes, Mother DJs, Neil Flynn, Avalon Emerson, Shanti Celeste, HAAi, Gerd Janson, Gilles Peterson, Efa O’Neill and Sara Miller. The space will also host the festival’s Pagan Rave, Sing Along Social and the Craic’d Ceili events.
Body & Soul will present a series of comedy, conversation and podcast events throughout the weekend, including Irish comics David O’Doherty, Alison Spittle and emerging acts such as Michael Fry and Killian Sundermann from the RTÉ programme No Worries If Not! There will also be cabaret performances, talks with music photographer Ruth Medjber and content creator Amanda Adé, and live podcast sessions of I’m Grand Mam with Kevin Twomey and PJ Kirby, and Catch Up with Louise McSharry.
For further information and tickets, visit https://bodyandsoul.ie.
Published on 18 April 2023