Avril Stanley

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Body & Soul Music and Arts Festival has announced the full stage times for its 10th Aniversary celebration of the summer solstice which kicks off (...)

Waste opportunity: Avril Stanley wants festival organisers to work together to solve common environmental problems such as abandoned tents. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The founder of Body & Soul music and arts festival has called on the Government to regulate sustainability, recycling and waste management for out(...)

Body and Soul founder Avril Stanley:  “The acts we like are that little bit more unique. Headliners have never been part of our passion.” Photograph: Tom Honan / The Irish Times

It is so calm in Avril Stanley’s office that I wonder if I have come to the wrong place. “I need the quiet to think,” says the creator of Body and Sou(...)

Freddie Kirk: “I’ve learned to delegate better now. You simply can’t do everything yourself”

The City of Angels can suck you in with its glorious weather and endless opportunities. Event producer Freddie Kirk won’t be leaving any time soon. (...)


What a difference 10 years can make. Back in 2008/9, Body & Soul dared to advance from its origins as part of Electric Picnic. There was little to(...)

Body & Soul festival director Avril Stanley: “Festivals are wonderful occasions, but that doesn’t mean you have to abandon all rules of common decency when it comes to cleaning up after yourself.”

Every summer festivals across Ireland take over hundreds of fields, forests, beaches and places of natural beauty. Festivals are, of course, all about(...)

Body & Soul: Bonobo’s stunning set. Photograph: Debbie Hickey/Getty

Walking into Body & Soul on the second of its three days, the festival felt better organised and more detailed. The event has settled more comfort(...)

Festival organisers are working with the Garda in relation to the death of a man and have described it as “non-suspicious”. Family members have been notified.

A man has died at the Body & Soul festival in Co Westmeath. Festival organisers are working with the Garda in relation to the death and have des(...)

Please, no Elbow: there are alternatives to the big-act festivals. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

Over the course of 10 years, Irish music festivals have seen a complete overhaul into more polished machines, catering to wider audiences and providin(...)

Cillian Crosson, Aisling Crosson, Chloe Commins and Siobhan McGuire at Body and Soul in 2014. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Body and Soul music and arts festival has announced its first round of acts for this year’s event. Among the main acts heading to Ballinlough Cas(...)

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