Category: Bands – The Barley Mob

Body and Soul

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Django Django at Body and Soul

#15 The end of June brought another festival – number four for 2012 Body and Soul. And yet another washout! The festival itself was an eclectic mix of music and arts, which was marred by the muck that managed to get everywhere, leading to flooded carparks and a real mess of a campsite.

Don’t let this imply that I didn’t enjoy Body and Soul because I really did – the line-up had a few acts that I knew and a few more that I now know and love. The massive highlight for me was Django Django who I had missed at the Grand Social (I played ticket fairy and gave away my two tickets to some randomer on Facebook).

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Django Django at Body and Soul

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Spiritualised at Body and Soul

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The Viking Project at Body and Soul

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Kormac’s Big Band at Body and Soul

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Arveene at Body and Soul

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Gold Panda at Body and Soul

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M83 at Body and Soul

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The Barley Mob at Body and Soul

*Originally posted on www.gigaholic.tumblr.com on 02/08/12*

Vantastival 2012

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#11 Onto May and the first of my many festivals of 2012, and my first camera fail of 2012. Vantastival is a small festival run just north of Dundalk and is an intimate festival with just a few stages. Its focus is on campervans and the culture that goes with camper-vanning (hence Van-tastival, geddit?!) and this leads to a gloriously eclectic crowd of all ages.

Unfortunately, the May Bank Holiday weekend in Ireland may just be slightly too early in the year for comfortable camping and we froze. I don’t know whether it was the cold, or a lack of organisation on my part, or a bit of both, but battery drain on both my phone and my camera meant I left this festival photo-less.

This does no justice to what has been one of my highlights of 2012. The line-up was brilliant and introduced me to a whole new set of acts who have now become some of my favourites. Old festival pros like Ham Sandwich, Cathy Davey, the Viking Project and Le Galaxie were joined by The Barley Mob, RSAG, The Original Rudeboys, Gypsy Rebel Rabble, Willow Sea and Raglans. I’ve been lucky enough to catch most of these acts again since, and they are quite simply brilliant and are making me freshly excited about the state of Irish music at the moment.

It was also highly entertaining for the crowd to see the acts freezing, just like us, and the sense of camaraderie was probably peaked for me when (yet another) technical glitch for Le Galaxie resulted in an entire tent of star jumping punters being led by Dave Le Galaxie. Surreal but summed up the weekend for me!

New ones to watch:RSAG, The Barley Mob, The Original Rudeboys, Willow Sea, and most definitely Raglans (these lads are seriously good).

*Originally posted on http://www.gigaholic.tumblr.com on 02/08/12*