Body & Soul festival have revealed the line-up for their Midnight Circus Stage, which features Octavian and Ms Banks. The announcement comes as the ground-breaking music; arts and wellness festival, Body & Soul have announced a new collaboration with Hennessy – a long-time supporter of the festival. Tickets are available now and can be purchased here.
This year is a special edition of Body & Soul festival, as it celebrates its tenth anniversary by returning, with another impressive and electric celebration of music, to Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath, taking place over three-days between the 21st and 23rd of June 2019. Hennessy and Body & Soul have teamed up to present, The Midnight Circus Stage, which revealed its impressive line-up, of Irish and International hip hop acts featuring the likes of Octavian and Ms Banks.
Hennessy and Body & Soul are set to present the Midnight Circus stage, on the first night of the festival, Friday the 21st of June 2019. The stellar line-up featuring an impressive line-up of some of today’s best known and up-and-coming Irish and international hip-hop acts, which have been specially curated by MangoXMathman collaborator, DJ and producer, Adam Fogarty.
Body & Soul’s Midnight Circus, in collaboration with @HennessyIRL and curated by Adam Fogarty AKA Mathman present some of today’s most exciting hip hop and rap artists.
— Body&Soul (@BodyandSoulIrl) April 19, 2019
Speaking on his curation of the Hennessy and Body & Soul presents the Midnight Circus stage, Adam Fogarty (also known as Mathman), said: “Over the last number of decades, Hennessy with its own rich traditions, has always supported Irish talent in music, arts and culture, and it’s a brand synonymous with hip hop music. It’s for these reasons I’m honoured and extremely excited to collaborate with Hennessy and Body & Soul to curate the Midnight Circus Stage on the Friday night this year.
“Their support of urban music means our incredible Irish talent can stand side-by-side with its international counterparts all on one line-up. I’m proud to say that exactly half of our stage is made up of Irish acts, which shows the strength of talent this country has to offer. The other 50% is made up of some of the most exciting, eclectic and sought after artists in the game right now, both male and female. From beginning to end, the night will be an artistically rich experience celebrating Irish and international talent, and in the truest essence of hip hop – a raucous party.”
Taking to the Hennessy and Body & Soul Midnight Circus stage to set pulses racing, into the night, will be Manchester hip-hop songstress IAMDDB, with her intoxicating mix of hip-hop; striking trap, silky Afro jazz, genre-defying rapper and BBC Sound of 2019 winner Octavian; multi-Award winning South London rapper Ms Banks; Ireland’s MangoXMathman, leading figures in a new wave of electric Irish urban music; and West Belfast trio KNEECAP, who have recently garnered critical acclaim, will rap as Gaeilge.
Speaking about Hennessy’s collaboration with Body & Soul Festival, Moët Hennessy Market Development Manager, Elaine Cullen, said: “Hennessy is intrinsically linked to Ireland and has been supporting Irish culture for decades. Body & Soul has been a showcase for amazing Irish and international culture for ten years now and each year is known for creating a magical line-up of musical delights, artistic exploration and more.
“It’s fantastic to be able to collaborate with Mathman and the festival to bring some of the leading names from the Irish and international hip hop scene to the Hennessy presents Midnight Circus stage. The Hennessy Sound Lounge proved a great success last summer so we’re looking forward to introducing it and a new group of vinyl collectors to Body & Soul’s curious, creative and imaginative audience.”
The announcement of the line-up for the new Midnight Circus Stage follows last weeks announcement, which saw another 50 additional names added to the already stellar line-up. Among the 50 names announced was MODESELEKTOR (Live), The Blaze, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Santigold, Princess Nokia, Mashrou’ Leila, Kate Tempest, Mano Le Tough, The Black Lips, Talos, and King Kong Company.
— Body&Soul (@BodyandSoulIrl) April 16, 2019
Joining the likes of Octavian and Ms Banks at this year’s tenth anniversary of Body & Soul will be Confidence Man, Dream Wife, SOAK, Wyvern Lingo, Chymera, Baikal, Kiddy Smile (Live), Monolink, The Drifter, Moxie, Pillow Queens, Coely, OSHUN. LAOISE, whenyoung, The Murder Capital, ROE, FEET, Meltybrains?, THUMPER, Tulla Céilí band, Tebi Rex, True Tides, Flynn, JyellowL, and Rushes.
The following names have also been announced to be performing at the festival and joining the already impressive line-up is Molly Sterling, Junior Brother, Proper Micro NV, Sing Along Social, PrYmary Colours, Kitt Philippa, Æ Mak, Just Mustard, Happyalone, EMBRZ, TPM, Post-Punk Podge & The Technohippies, Fonda, Extravision, Lowlek, Ghostking is Dead, Eve Clague, Nudy Boy Nature, Myles Manley, Fixity, Fia Moon, The Clockworks, Niamh Regan, and Cáit.
Finally, concluding the 50 names added to the line-up is Mother DJs, Kelly-Anne Byrne, Sevensol, Neil Flynn, Faune, Automatic Tasty, HomeB2beat DJs, Kate Brennan-Harding, Disconauts, Donal Dineen, Cian Finn, Hatchlings, Conor Connolly, JP Trio, Meabh Begley, Marlene Enright, Sive, Anna Mullarkey, Lewis Kenny, Sam Clague, Cat Dowling, Pete Pamf, John Francis, Róisín Seoighe, Helen Diamond, Kev Sheridan and My House.