10 acts to see at Body & Soul
The festival season is well and truly upon us and because we’re a helpful bunch, we’re here to provide our recommendations of who to see at this summer’s festivals. We’re kicking things off with Body & Soul, which takes place on the beautiful grounds of Ballinlough Castle in Westmeath next weekend. Of course these are just our own personal choices. If you think there’s any glaring omissions or have any of your own personal recommendations please do let us know. Here’s the Body & Soul lineup and stage times.
Caribou, or Daniel Snaith as he’s known to his mother, has been releasing material under several monikers since 2001. He’s set to release a new album called ‘Our Love’ later this year and it will feature Owen Pallett among others. Check out ‘Can’t Do Without You’ which is set to feature on the album.
We imagine the Body & Soul stage will be packed for this one, such is the love that Ireland has for Mr. Grant. His show in the Olympia was reportedly one of the gigs of the year and he’s sure to wow the crowd in Westmeath as well. His 2013 album ‘Pale Green Ghosts’ was one of the albums of the year and it featured our very own Sinead O’Connor. She played with him at Electric Picnic last year so who knows, she might just turn up again. Check out this great version of ‘I Hate This Town’ from Other Voices although be warned, it’s probably a wee bit NSFW.
One of the granddaddies of electronic music, Gary Numan has influenced everyone from Trent Reznor to Queens of the Stone Age. He will draw on his extensive back catalogue as well as material from his well received 2013 album ‘Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind)’ for what is sure to be an explosive set. ‘Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind)’ was Numan’s best received album for quite some time and it saw him return to the UK Top 30 Album Chart. In spite of this, when picking an example of his work, we really can only go with this stone cold classic, ‘Are Friends Electric’.
These guys are a bit of a hipster favourite but don’t let that put you off! Based around frontman Kevin Barnes and revolving cast of musicians, of Montreal are prolific and consistently inventive. With a huge canon of work to draw on, they’re guaranteed to put on an amazing show. Have a listen to the rather funky ‘Wraith Pinned To The Mist And Other Games’.
East India Youth
Just 22, William Doyle has created quite a buzz since bursting on to the music scene. A one man band and creator of epic soundscapes under his East India Youth identity, Doyle’s debut album ‘Total Strife Forever’ was lavished with praise upon its release earlier this year. He took Other Voices by storm last year and is sure to do the same in Westmeath next weekend.
King Kong Company
Based in Waterford, King Kong Company combine elements of dance and rock into a simply stunning live show. Formed in the late 90’s, the band went on an extended hiatus but reformed in 2010 and have gone from strength to strength ever since. Their set at last year’s Electric Picnic was one of the gigs of the weekend. Expect trumpets, crazy dancing and cardboard boxes on people’s head.
Another act from Waterford, Joe Harney has just released his second album ‘From The Heights of a Dream’. Deaf Joe will play his first live performance of the year at Body & Soul and it promises to be an interesting performance full of smooth, dreamy tunes like this one, ‘For Each And Every One Of Them’.
Interskalactic are Irleand’s only Jamaican ska big band. That sounds like pretty perfect music to dance your ass off to at a festival. They play covers of songs by the likes of Prince Buster, The Skatalites and Byron Lee to name but a few. There’s nothing like a bit of ska to get you smiling and get you moving early on in the day.
Reggae legend Max Romeo has been recording and releasing material for six decades now. Now 66, he’s still releasing new material, recently releasing an album called ‘Father & Sons’ earlier this year, a collaboration with his sons Ronaldo and Romario. This promises to be a great set from a true icon of reggae.
Consisting of producer Ian Ring and singer Rachel Koeman, Cork’s Young Wonder received a lot of love for their recent EP ‘Show Your Teeth’. There’s hints of Bjork in Rachel’s voice and it beautifully compliments the unearthly music that Ian weaves. It’s easy to see why Young Wonder are being hailed as one of the most exciting duos around and their live show is sure to be an interesting experience.