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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: January 30, 2013 @ 6:56 pm

    A music and video reminder of Body and Soul’s brilliant Upstage

    Laurence Mackin

    February is almost here (hurrah!) and while plenty of other people have been erroneously celebrating the end of winter, I’ve been keeping myself warm by sitting close to the soothing glow of my laptop screen and looking at what’s coming up at this year’s festivals. Despite Jim Carroll’s reservations, I reckon Primavera Sound’s line-up is stellar, and after Sunday night’s shenanigans it would be nearly worth the ticket price alone to see Matthew E White again.

    While having a root down the back of the festival couch, I noticed that Body and Soul’s early-bird tickets have sold out – not bad considering the festival has yet to announce a line-up. But giving how much fun last year’s masked spectacular in Ballinlough Castle was, I can’t imagine there won’t be hundreds of repeat offenders making the trip to Meath.

    One of the best features of that festival was the astonishing rig and custom-built wonder of the Upstage (the second stage after the festival’s main arena). The stage was put together by LeTissier and Slipdraft from the ElevenEleven Media Collective, and called the Isoline project. Among those who ripped it up over the weekend were Reid, Lil Dave and The Drifter, Def Disko, Gold Panda, John Talabot and (my personal favourite from the weekend) Gaudi.

    The crew filmed the building project and made this cracking 20-odd-minute film, with some sweet tracks to go with it from a few of those who called it home. The perfect way to brighten a dark January day. And if you really want to get involved, the festival is now accepting applications for artists, performers, tree huggers and dream catchers over here.

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