Body & Soul

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The Chemical Brothers turn Marlay Park into a heaving, strobe-filled big-beat marathon. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

“Look at that queue, it’s like a Greek ATM.” It’s not clear if the young man in the vest and straw hat is aware he’s just rattled off a classic, but (...)

Crowds throng the main stage at Electric Picnic 2014. Photograph: Dave Meehan

For every long-running summer event, such as Indiependence, Life or Castlepalooza, you have the ill-fated Killarney Festival of Music & Food, w(...)

The photograph that went viral of a young boy in a festival crowd

There are things that no six-year-old should see, and by “things” I mean the walks of life you’ll find meandering about the Glastonbury festival. L(...)

Zoe Readmond and Claire Lynch from Dublin enjoying the Body & Soul festival in Co Westmeath.  Photograph: Allen Kiely.

When it comes to favourite Irish festivals, Body & Soul is less a contender and more like a defending champion. It takes its boutique status ser(...)

Adam King from Terenure Dublin  at the Body and Soul festival, which takes place in Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath this weekend. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Each year, Body and Soul stretches itself a little further. This year, its punched attendance up to 10,000 from 8,500 in 2014. So can a festival that(...)

Hugo McDermot, Lauren Bedford, Sarah Gleeson, Sophie Flynn, James Shiggins and Megan Cullen all from Dublin pictured at the Body&Soul Festival. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Celebrations are kicking off at Ballinlough Castle in Co Westmeath as festival goers begin setting up camp for the 2015 Body and Soul festival. This y(...)

Body and Soul begins on Friday, kicking off this year’s festival season with a bang… and a slurp, a crunch and a chew. We’ve rounded up some of the(...)

Muddy fields make poor terrain for wheelchairs, so festivals present big a challenge for their users. Journalist and ‘Legless in Dublin’ blogger Loui(...)

The edible flowers of pot marigolds. Photograph: Richard Johnston

The very best gardens are those that feed the mind, body and soul. An example is the pint-sized kitchen roof garden which I spotted on a recent tri(...)

Avril Stanley at Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath, venue for Body & Soul festival from June 19th to 21st. Photograph:  Shantanu Starick

Avril Stanley, originally from Galway, is director of the Body & Soul festival. She lives in Dublin with her son Jarah (6). What first insp(...)

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