Body & Soul 2019
Summer Solstice Weekend, 21st – 23rd June, 2018 at Ballinlough Castle, Westmeath, Ireland
What to expect – 10 Years of Joy
This year marks the 10th year of the Body & Soul festival and it’s been hinted that the festival will be going back to the forest’s dance floor roots with a few surprises to celebrate 10 years.
Music – The top acts to see this year
As usual, acts from all around the world are headlined for the B&S 2019.
- Mashrou’ Leila
- The Black Lips
- The Blaze
- King Kong Company
- The Blaze
There will be a range of talks and workshops across the weekend all based around wellbeing from laughter yoga, sound meditation and retired psychiatrist, Dr. Ivor Browne’s views on mental health and his autobiography ‘Music & Madness’.
If wellness and relaxation is part of your weekend this year, The Sanctuary is the place to visit. There will be massage therapies, chakra healing and more going on all weekend,
The Immerse Spa is a hidden gem in the forest full of seaweed baths and wood-fired hot tubs. These can be booked online or during your weekend.
Other things to experience:
Experience the Arts & Culture of the festival and enjoy the different food and drink on offer across the whole festival. There is something for everyone to experience while wondering around the festival.
The comedy tent is a must go-to area for a good laugh. Comedy acts include Lord of Strut, Alison Spittle, Fred Cooke, Waterford Whispers News and Aoife Dooley, to name a few.
The camping situation is simple:
General camping – great for bigger groups or if you are planning on meeting up with different groups of friends over the weekend.
Looking a more chilled out and spacious campsite? Us&You is ideal for you. The eco campsite has grown this year, there’s only one condition…be mindful and ‘Leave no trace’ after yourself. The big picture for Body & Soul is continue to grow and grow the Us&You campsite and eventually have the entire festival as an eco-friendly festival. I mean, who wants to see a field of leftover rubbish and perfect camping equipment!
Bringing the kids? The family campsite is a must. Completely separate from the other campsites. There will be a full timetable available closer to the festival outlining all dedicated family areas and family-friendly activities. Children are considered to be under the age of 12 for this festival and up to two children are allowed access with an adult holding a weekend family camping ticket. Teenagers (13 – 19 years old) are not catered for at the festival.
Weekend tickets are still available as well as Sunday only tickets. General camping, Us&You and family campsite tickets will cost you €209.50. Sunday tickets are €75 (limited number left).
Get public transport or car pool if you are planning on driving.
Always bring an emergency car kit
KennCo are here to help with some tips and directions for your journey. So prepare your car and check the best route to travel. Let’s make your journey that bit easier and more enjoyable.
How to get there…
Public transport or car-pooling are the best options for getting to the festival this year.
Times and journeys:
Dublin: 1hr 14mins
Get the Bus!
Bus Éireann are partners of the festival this year with extra services to and from Dublin on all days and nights of the festival. Extra services are being put on for the weekend from Cork, Galway, Mullingar, Cahir, Limerick, Portlaoise, Waterford and Naas.
All Bus Éireann Timetables can be found here.
Be sure to check your local buses for extra routes added for the weekend.
Bring the Car – But Car pool!
Directions for general camping and day ticket holders:
If you are coming from the Mullingar direction, follow the N52 towards Delvin. Follow the sign posts to the right on to the N51. Continue straight until you come to Crowenstown National School and take a left on to the L5525. You have arrived.
The journey from the Clonmellon direction or M3/N3/N52 you should take the M3/N3 North by toll plazas to the N3 Kells roundabout. Next, take the 1st exit for N52 towards Clonmellon. Here, continue on the N52 to Delvin. Next, you will need to turn left on to the N51 in Delvin (across from the church). Turn left at Crowenstown National School on to the L5525. Continue straight and you have arrived.
Be eco-friendly for #bodysoul19 and organise your #ecobodysoul carpool. Take your friends and drive safely to the festival. Carparks open at 9am on Friday 21st June and campsites open at 12pm.
You won’t get lost…follow the crowds and the Body & Soul Volunteers will point you in the right direction.
Check our other blogs for tips on Driving during Long Journeys
- How to change a tyre
- Create an emergency car kit for long and short journeys
- Improve your car’s fuel efficiency