External Sounds Present...'Global Beats & Rhythms', Body and Soul Solstice Gathering , Sat 19th & Sun 20th June @ Ballinlough Castle, Co Meath

Posted by external sounds on June 13, 2010

External Sounds are delighted to announce that we will be teaming up with the Body & Soul Crew for their very first solo Festival which takes place on June 19th & 20th. With the launch of their first stand alone festival, the team behind the wonderful Body & Soul area at Electric Picnic have taken a step closer to realising their dream of establishing a permanent festival space in Ireland. The Body and Soul Solstice Gathering is scheduled to take place over the weekend of June 19/ 20 amongst the labyrinthine stone-walled gardens and woodlands that grace the picturesque grounds of Ballinlough Castle in County Meath. Electric Picnic regulars will undoubtedly recognise the enchantment, atmosphere and meticulous attention to detail so characteristic of what has evolved at Stradbally.

This will be a intimate gathering compared to Electric Picnic with just 1500 tickets are on sale to the general public through ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets. Musically the line-up is strong. In addition to featuring well established artists, a platform is provided for emerging artists. Events centre on a main stage and a party/electronic tent. Acts confirmed to date include US based dance-punk band, !!! (Chik, Chik, Chik); folktronica pioneer Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet; home-grown electronic hero Jape; founder of ambient legends The Orb, Dr. Alex Patterson; Crystal Fighters with their unique blend of traditional Basque folk music with churning basslines and catchy vocals; experimental folk band, Tunng; Rick Tomlinson’s Voice of the Seven Thunders; London based producer and solo artist, Gaudi; and Kormac’s Big Band, a 14-piece orchestra comprising of live turntables, samplers, drums, double bass, barbershop quartet, trumpet, clarinet, banjo and live visuals. More acts will be announced as the festival approaches.

A number of pop-up acts are also planned; a moonlit orchestra; a roaming samba band; impromptu theatre pieces. These will be programmed but won’t feel staged. There will also be a soul kids area organised by the team behind the popular Electric Picnic version; visual arts workshops; a healing area with hot tubs, Sufi dancing and yoga in the woodlands; late night cabarets; and a masquerade ball on Saturday night. In keeping with the traditional Celtic celebration of Solstice the weekend will draw to a close with a fire ceremony marking new beginnings and the continuous cycle of change.

External Sounds will be programing the music for the Berry Bar Area of the festival, as well as playing some sets on the other stages at the festival. We will of course be bringing along some special guests to join in the celebrations. Full details of the our line up + guests, will be released very soon.