AS the week’s are drawing closer to this year’s festival, for the first time Friday night will see Body and Soul’s Woodlands open its doors to festival goers with a tightly packed programme of music, performance and general shenanigans ahead of the festival opening the following morning.
As well as this there are also three extra acts added to this year’s bill, including Spiritualized, Django Django, and Hollie Cook. They are joining an impressive line-up that already includes Conor O’Brien’s Villagers, maverick French electro artist M83; off-beat singer St Vincent aka Anne Erin Clark; Swedish pop act Little Dragon and the introspective beats and experimental textures of Gold Panda and Emika.
Joining these headline acts is the UK vocalist Hollie Cook. The daughter of former Sex Pistol drummer Paul Cook, her idiosyncratic line in dubbed out reggae, bringing her silky tones to brassy shanties – Hollie will be spreading good vibes and performing tracks from her self-titled album at Body and Soul.
Body and Soul also has a strong and diverse dance music line-up, with Spanish deep house producer John Talabot, the high octane funk and African folk of Shangaan Electro; electronic p-funker Redinho from Glasgow’s Nmbrs label and the Herbaliser’s wild blend of breaks and beats. Aside from the stellar music line up, revellers can expect a storybook of performances, art installations, pathways to hidden café corners, pop-up stages, over 30 therapists, green crafts, a secluded Soul Kids garden, lakeside chill out pockets, cocktails in the garden, delicious fooderies and bubbling hot tubs under canopies in the forest.
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