15 Jun 2022
Body & Soul returns to Ballinlough Castle Estate with an adventurous festival full of surprises!
The time has finally come for BODY & SOUL to lift the solstice skies and open its glittering festival gates as it welcomes back audiences for a celebration like no other! It will open its doors once more on Friday 17 June in Ballinlough Castle Estate, County Westmeath - with a final few tickets up for grabs for those who are quick.
Bringing together a stunning programme of exhilarating live acts, from music and comedy, to cabaret and spoken word, alongside exceptional guest DJs and a host of creative, interactive experiences, the 2022 edition of Body & Soul has been curated with extraordinary attention to detail and collaboration at its heart.
From its progressive, independent approach, to meticulous design credentials, a totally re-imagined site layout and intentionally intimate scale, this year’s festival is ready to bring audiences a magnificent weekend escape, which includes six newly commissioned stages, an expansive Sanctuary experience, a stunning art trail and space to explore the natural beauty of Ireland's Ancient East at Ballinlough’s spectacular walled gardens, woodlands, lakeside and natural amphitheatre.
With time left to reveal a few final surprises across the weekend, Body & Soul 2022 highlights include a live performance from Róisín Murphy, who makes her Body & Soul Festival debut; a special DJ and AV set by Jon Hopkins and a Sunday night finale from Mogwai, with further appearances by artist, MC and poet Sampa The Great, Lisa O' Neill & Crash Ensemble, EFÉ, Sprints, Pillow Queens and Soda
Blonde, as well as CMAT, King Kong Company, Lee Fields, Mother DJs, Yard Act and Yves Tumor.
With the atmospheric Woodlands Stage playing host to Kelly Lee Owens, Suzanne Ciani, Just Mustard, AE MAK, Overhead, the Albatross, Fears, Houseplants, Remi Wolf, Sinead O'Brien, John Francis Flynn, Sofia Kourtesis and Godford, as well as a live edition of Blindboy Boatclub’s The Blindboy Podcast and more, the festival’s newly commissioned, 35ft tall Beacon Stage, will act as a party magnet for high octane DJ sets and late night adventures, with highlights including Optimo 25, Byron Yeates, Donal Dineen and Chloé, as well as Saturday night’s Pagan Rave and fun packed daytime experiences, including Mother Drag Aerobics and Body Holiday’s Bingo.
Body and Soul returns this weekend: Photo by Shantanu Starick
The Hip Hop House, hosted by Hennessy showcases the best of Ireland’s progressive new hip hop and soul scenes, from Mango x MathMan, Jafaris, Nealo and EMA b2b Nevan, to Abbacaxi, Aby Coulibaly, Ahmed with Love, Alicia Raye, Bella Festa, Caleb Kunle, Celaviedmai, FYNCH, JYellowL, Khakikid, Louise Chen, Malaki, Monjola and Negro Impacto, while the arrival of the lively new Secret Orchard, hosted by Bulmers in the walled gardens, brings everything from the talk Awakenings: Psychedelics, Healing & Nature featuring Jon Hopkins, Sam Gandy and Irish Shaman John Cantwell; to comedy from David O’Doherty and Shane Daniel Byrne; live music from rock sitarist Bishi, opera singer Emma Nash and solo performances from David Kitt and Robert John Ardiff. Spoken word and conversation is represented by Felispeaks, Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley on The Birth of Pop and podcast The Last Bohemians, whose host Kate Hutchinson will chat to Suzanne Ciani, along with a special presentation from Heaney’s HomePlace, featuring performance poet Stephen James Smith and Queering the Green contributors Paul Maddern, Séan Hewitt and Sarah Clancy.
The walled gardens’ Endless Love programme brings a vibrant space to sit and enjoy wonderful food offerings from Food On Board - launching as Ireland’s first Circular food court in the company of eclectic, cabaret showcases including Haus of Mockie Ah’s Drag Brunches and Bingo, a Rise & Shine Comedy Buffet, the ‘3 Courses of Connection’ dining experience and a traditional Ceilí; while the
intimate and contemplative Let's Find Out? Stage is a home to exciting ambient and folk leaning artists, who will perform alongside silent film screenings, soundtracked live by the Let's Find Out Collective, poetry and workshops, all curated by renowned Irish filmmaker, musician and long time festival friend Myles O’Reilly, and Doolin Arts. The Cabin In The Woods is a brand new, old time, hot spot deep in Ballinlough woods, to discover the softer sounds of americana, soul, funk and boogie as darkness sets in.
With immersive pop-up appearances, including Bibliotherapy sessions with Ella Berthoud; Tarot readings by Canadian musician King Khan, connected to his project the Black Power Tarot; operatic interludes from Emma Nash; forest foraging walks with musician Peter Broderick; and trad magic from The Fiddle Fair Sessions, plus 15 specially commissioned new artworks from Aoife Dunne, Maser, Bishi and Alan Meredith and more to be discovered across the site, further highlights include an immersive audio experience of Jon Hopkins’ album Music for Psychedelic Therapy and the winning work for The Bulmers Art Bursary: ‘Siansán’ by Shantanu Starick, made in celebration of Ireland’s wild bees.
Woodlands Stage ( (Photo by Shantanu Starick)
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Body & Soul by night (Photo by Shantanu Starick)
Gastronomy and libations over the weekend include culinary experiences such as First Tastes Picnics, available for blind date adventures and ‘3 Courses of Connection’, a Saturday evening menu, inviting people to follow a series of prompts to stimulate intriguing conversation as they dine. From craft cocktails to locally sourced and foraged ingredients, Food on Board’s elevated circular food court, in partnership with Bord Bia, features free range brunch favourite Caitlin Ruth; leading taqueria kitchen, Ixca; Vietnamese delights from Good Pho You; a raw food bar, pork belly bowls, artisan vegan cakes; and the fine art of the perfect toastie.
The Sanctuary, Body & Soul’s cornerstone and acclaimed wellness space down by the lake , brings a dedicated area of escape featuring wood fired saunas, sound healing and tribal spirit drumming and an extensive array of treatments and holistic therapies to book, from seaweed baths, to solstice meditation, massage, kirtan and yoga.
Finally, in collaboration with its principal circular festival partner, the European Recycling Platform and sustainability consultant Native Events, Body & Soul is moving further towards a sustainable and more circular festival model. The only Irish festival amongst 18 European festivals signed up to the Green Deal for Circular Festivals (GDCF), it aims to reduce its environmental impact and implement a sustainable festival model towards circularity by 2027. As well as hosting Ireland’s first Circular festival food court, serving delicious dishes on reusable handmade wooden boards, new initiatives for 2022 include a reusable cup system; a 75% target for Leave No Trace camping; power reduction across the festival; natural toilets, upcycled and repurposed festival decor and signage and tree planting to offset the festivals carbon footprint.
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Body & Soul 2022 takes place from 17-19 June 2022
Location: Ballinlough Castle Estate, Clonmellon, Co. Westmeath, Ireland.
Subject to licence | Strictly over 21s | Tickets & Information: www.bodyandsoul.ie
2022 Ticket Packages:
Weekend Tickets: €250 + service charge | Day Tickets (Saturday & Sunday): €100 per day + service charge
Instalment plans, Camper van, bus tickets and boutique camping available via www.bodyandsoul.ie
About Body & Soul:
Body & Soul is a creative production house focused on curating diverse experiences that celebrate life, music, culture and the arts.
Winning multiple awards for innovation, sustainability and business, the female-lead team has launched numerous
multi-disciplinary projects in its 20 year history, each one more ambitious than the last. Redefining the festival landscape in Ireland
and beyond, for the past 13 years, Body & Soul Festival has taken place in the stunning castle grounds of Ballinlough in County
Westmeath, Ireland. No stranger to challenges, the festival cut its creative teeth during the 2010 recession, when wallets were
light and creativity was in high demand.
Since its inception, Body & Soul has delivered a yearly sold out event, growing from 1,800 attendees in 2010 to 15,000 in 2019
and continues to buck convention, push boundaries and put a premium on extraordinary participant experiences. The Festival has
previously played host to the likes of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds | Jon Hopkins | Solange | Four Tet | Bonobo | Fever Ray |
St.Vincent | Goldfrapp | Spiritualised | Nicholas Jaar | Fat Freddy’s Drop | Of Montreal | James Murphy (DFA) | The Gloaming |
Caribou | !!! (CHK CHK CHK) | Kae Tempest | Modeselektor | Chronixx | Iron & Wine | Glass Animals | M83 | Pil
About Ballinlough Castle Estate:
Ballinlough Castle estate is a stunningly beautiful festival site, built in the 17th century. The house overlooks two lakes and has
remained in the same family for almost 400 years. The grounds feature a 17th century walled garden, the rose garden, the lakes,
the ancient woodlands, tennis lawn and a fairy fort. A natural amphitheatre gently slopes towards Body & Soul Festival’s main
stage, creating an amazing natural backdrop.
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