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Electric Picnic: Who's playing at Body & Soul this year?

The Body & Soul arena is a wonderland away from the wilder ends of the Electric Picnic festival. We handpick this year’s highlights.

ONE OF THE highlights of the Electric Picnic is the Body & Soul area, which provides a wonderland away from the wilder sides of the festival site.

The line up for Body & Soul has just been announced, so here’s a look at the highlights:

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The Main Stage will see an exclusive performance by legendary Irish traditional musicians Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Liam O’Flynn and Paddy Glackin, who together are known as LAPD.


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Blue Nile fans will be delighted to hear frontman Paul Buchanan will play an intimate solo show, performing songs from his new album Mid Air.


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Danish electronic pop ensemble When Saints Go Machine and Canada’s Junior Boys will be among the international guests, alongside Dark Dark Dark, New Zealand’s Orchestra of Spheres and the UK’s RocketNumberNine.


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More new bands will includ Breton, US singer/performer Jesse Boykins lll, the bluesy Lewis Floyd Henry and Bulgarian new kid DENA.

Ireland will be represented by UK-based Seamus Fogarty, Dublin’s The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock and Kodaline.


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Hot tubs and laughter yoga

If you’re tired of the music, or want to soothe your back after a long night’s camping, you can head to the Zen Gardens and Earth Spirit areas and indulge in hot tubs, shamanic healing, Indian head massage, or even laughter yoga.

There’s no need to subsist on tins of beans at the festival, as foodies can chow down thanks to Natasha’s Living Food Emporium, Chai Chapel, Thai Bamboo, Tiny Tea Tent, and the Hurly Burly Crew.

Keeping with its hippy bent, there will be an ERP Recycle and Rock programme at the EarthShip at Body & Soul, which will feature live acts along with interactive panel discussions, sustainability workshops and up-cycled fashion shows

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