So only a week and a few days until I’m heading onward to Ballinlough Castle in Westmeath to start work for the coming week leading up to the Body & Soul festival which kicks off on Friday 20th June till Sunday 22nd closing its doors at 4am Monday morning. There is a feast of eclectic sounds that will be playing throughout the weekend from welcome electronica repeats Jon Hopkins and Nicholas Jaar’s new project, Darkside.
Generic People just got in touch with me through Facebook, they are bringing their creative ideas of Plug n Play to the festival, a dream that I have often had myself a marquee that you can call into and do your own ‘do it yourself DJ set’ So should be some good craic coming out of that. Here is how they describe it for themselves from their Youtube info blurb:
“We are bringing our PLUG ‘n’ PLAY sessions to this years Body & Soul festival on the weekend of June 20-22
A music improv open to all musicians, producers, beatboxers, forward thinkers, pros to hobbyists.
.. & people who just love listening & dancing to good music.
“It’s like an Open-Mic night…but with electronic music”
“No format, no genre, no right or wrong, no good or bad, no fast or slow, no quiet or loud ….. just having fun!”
Bring your laptop and plug in for a little jam, bring your synth, your spoons, your vocal, anything that can make music, lets loop it and jam!”
Also revealed is the Port Royal Jamaican area hosted by Trenchtown and a mouth watering line up of roots reggae, jungle, dnb and dubstep music featuring, Cian Finn, Dirty Dubsters, Worries Outernational, Junior Spesh, Johhny Pluse and the Stormtroopers of Love, Lionheart, OI OI Soundsystem, Will Softly, Aunty Shimmy, Miss Scotty, Bibi Ewa, DJ Kali, Judge Mental, Ras Tinny, Carlos Irie, Tom Beary and the Irie Ireland Crew.
I’m also hoping that Trenchtown might book one or two international guests for the Electric Picnic stages, maybe Barrington Levy, Sly & Robbie or Adrian Sherwood’s On U Soundsystem Acts such as African Head Charge or the Dub Syndicate, but it always without a doubt winds up as a great hoot of a party anyway no matter who is playing.
Here is a few clips of some of the up and coming acts for Port Royal.
Another tent that I hope makes a reappearance is the Fusion Tent from last year and I reckon they will be back as the place was jammers last year, Salim aka Mr Upfill and his sister Aminah and a host of other DJs who take residency of the tent for the late afternoon, evening and night time to provide the listeners with Eastern inspired dub reggae and dubstep reggae and sometimes the live acts such as Madu. The selection of vegetarian curries and cuisine on offer made a nice alternative to other eateries in the area.
Other stages in the woods returning this year is the very popular My House with its selection of classic hits with a bit of fuzz added to get ya in the party mood. Radio Shack, a favourite at Body & Soul as well as at the Electric Picnic makes a comeback with an eclectic assortment of DJs, the Jook Joint will also be back with its classic selection of disco and funk. Natasha’s Living Food Emporium will also make a return with its delicious selection of foods and a nice mix of live entertainment and Green Crafts will be back with their eye catching crafts and workshops, some crafts on display are made from recycled materials, there is wood carving, clay pottery, an array of different things and also gives people a chance to work with the crafts people and create their own pieces of work. We will also see the return of the Reckless in Love stage and the Wanderlust Stage or as it was known at B&S, Electric Picnic 2012 the Bamboo Stage with its array of bands, musicians, DJs and performers.
There is a new venue deep in the woods called the Arbutus Yarns Cinema, a yurt that has been transformed into a cinema house if you want to rest your weary feet and chill out for a while with a film or documentary.
Other peculiar electronica acts that will be gracing the Body & Soul stages will be James Holden, the Portuguese/African techno rap hybrid music of Buraka Som Sistema, the old synth rock of Gary Numan/Tubeway Army and the glam electro pop of Goldfrapp. I have to confess to being a closet Gary Numan fan when I was 15 years old, I was determined to see him in concert at the Glasgow Apollo in 1980 but I was still too young at the time to be allowed to the show and I missed his last festival appearance at the Picnic in 2006, so finally 34 years later I will get a chance to see him.
Other artists making the appearance will be the solid John Grant, reggae legend Max Romeo snapping up the Congos spot from last year no doubt, Canadian psychedelic electronic producer Caribou, Tom Vek, The Field, Mount Kimbie, Slow Magic and Paddy Keenan among others appearing making it a musical feast spread over a broad spectrum appealing to all types of music fan. I hope to see ya there.