BACK once again, with its trademark twisting wonderland of bespoke stages, hand picked installations, quirky corners and hidden alcoves, Body and Soul is set to light up its place as the central creative beacon of Electric Picnic for the ninth year in a row.
Body and Soul’s main stage musical programme wouldn’t stand up without a close inspection of what’s what musically in Ireland at present, along with debut performances from up-and-coming acts and ones to watch from around the world.
Enjoying a long-standing reputation of staging a mix of the proven, common, inventive and new, means that national and international live acts and DJs put their groove on in sparkling form, for a wide audience of music lovers and party people.
Artists include Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Liam O’Flynn and Paddy Glackin aka LAPD, Paul Buchanan, When Saints Go Machine, Junior Boys, Breton, Junior Boys, RocketNumberNine, Jesse Boykins III, DENA, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Zemi 17, Mmoths, Laura Sheeran, TR-One, Orchestra of Spheres, Dark Dark Dark, SertOne, Young Wonder, Kodaline, New Jackson, Ham Sandwich, February&Mars, Lewis Floyd Henry, Viperflo and Romare.
New additions to the Body and Soul’s village this year include the Bamboo Stage - designed by Gerard Minakawa from Bamboo DNA with a focus on offering a platform for emerging and unique talent; the Bog Cottage’s Seaweed Baths and Steamy Sauna, along with a custom-designed Radioshack housing some of Ireland’s finest DJs.
Hailing from New York, The Gamelatron is the spearhead art installation this year, amongst a collection of handpicked artist creations from around the world. Handcrafted, masterfully-tuned orchestras of vibraphones, drums, chimes, bells and resonating bronze gongs played by robotic mallets are installed to immerse the audience in living kinetic sculptures. The Zen Gardens and Earth Spirit are staple realms at Body&Soul and people should look out for Boundless Bathing Hot Tubs, Shamanic Healing, Indian Head Massage, Workshops, Warm Chai and Laughter Yoga across the cocooned, ethereal expanse of the village landscape. For more visit www.electricpicnic.ie.