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Festival Preview: Body & Soul

Body & Soul 2015
Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath

Well, according to our Norwegian friends, the weather is looking good for this year’s Body & Soul. Body & Soul is by far my favourite Irish music festival and this year, they’ve gone the extra mile for improving access for us hardy festival goers. You can listen to Roisin Ingle’s Irish Times podcast that I did with Body & Soul organiser Avril Stanley here discussing festivals and accessibility.

Only two more sleeps before I head down and, as I type, I am packing my bag with suncream and glitter. That’s all I’ll be wearing. I suggest you do the same.

What has it got?

Line up: Leftfield (Live), Flight Facilities, Super Furry Animals, Savages, Ásgeir, Goat, Austra, Nightmares on Wax, Tiga (Live), Matthew E. White, Kiasmos, Mmoths, Dan Deacon, CLU, Sohn, Shit Robot, Meltybrains?, New Jackson, Talaboman, James Holden (Live) and many, many more. You can get the full line-up breakdown here.

Size: Overall, the site is medium in size. It would take maybe 30 – 45 minutes to walk from one side of the site to the other and that’s not including the stops you’ll be making for all the people you will run into here. You will run into EVERYONE you know here.

Terrain: We have a mix of fields, gorgeous walled gardens and wooded areas here. There are gravel paths running through a  lot of the site so you will need a whoosh through the rougher parts.  The wooded areas will have an uneven surface but they are totally manageable.

Mud: Today, June 17th, there is currently no mud on site. If that changes, I will keep you posted on @LeglessInDublin.

Toilets: At every toilet area, there will be accessible wheelchair portaloos. I have been told that this year, they will be taking extra precautions to make sure that the accessible toilets will be only used by those who need them. If that works, we won’t have to concern ourselves with the difficult task of hovering.  They will also have wheelchair accessible showers in the general camping area.

Seating: There will be a number of seating areas all around the festival.

Viewing platforms: There will be viewing platforms in the two main stage areas.

Camping: Access Camping is available and it is one of the closest campsites to the walled garden and castle. It’s a very nifty spot.

Parking: If you have registered with Access Camping, you will be able to park your car beside your tent.

Getting around: There will be a shuttle service provided that can take you from Access Camping to the main arena.

Staff and crew help: With Access Camping, you will be given the mobile number of  the Access Liaison Officer, Maggie. She will be around all weekend and available to assist any way that she can. Security and stewards will also be able to assist if you need help.

Tickets: Body & Soul is totally sold out. Body & Soul and Ticketmaster operate a 2-for-1 scheme where wheelchair users can bring a PA who gets free entry. This scheme is exclusively for wheelchair users.

About the author

Louise Bruton

Reviewing Dublin, step by step, in terms of wheelchair accessibility. Freelance journalist and pop culture enthusiast.

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