This weekend, Body & Soul Festival will be welcoming you to an edition unlike any other for 3 days and nights of unparalleled creativity, celebration and surprise underneath the sparkling solstice skies.
Immersive art, indulgent gastronomy experiences, jaw-dropping performances, spacious dance floors, thought provoking discussions, glittering woodland discos, pagan raves, drag brunches and most importantly – your tribe.
The festival is sharing some key information and top tips to make sure attendees have absolutely everything needed for a fantastic weekend of fun.
Don’t forget to check the FAQ section of the website for any outstanding queries.
Body & Soul 2023 have a very limited number of weekend and Sunday tickets remaining and has also released some additional campervan tickets due to huge demand.
Please make sure that your ticket is downloaded onto your phone or printed out from the PDF you were sent when you purchased your ticket.
There’s still time to reserve Boutique Camping, Wellness Experiences, Woodfired Sauna & Hot Tubs and Food & Immersive Experiences (including the ‘Feast Over Fire’ dining extravaganza) to make your Body & Soul experience extra special.
Please make sure that your name is on your ticket. If you have purchased a ticket from someone else they will need to sign into their Ticketbooth account and change the name for a €10 fee.
If you have any issues with this contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
GETTING TO AND FROM BODY & SOUL FESTIVAL
DRIVING: Driving directions to the festival at Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath can be found here. Do not follow sat nav devices. Please follow the festival signage. All ticket holders should enter through gate A, accessible from the L5525.
BUSES: Body & Soul are partnering with Bus Eģireann for bus services from Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway. Please consider taking the bus as it’s the safest, most sustainable and most traffic-friendly way of travelling to the magic of Body & Soul. You can book your bus here.
SHUTTLES: Shuttle services will be operating every hour on the hour from 12pm to 3am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to and from Mullingar Train Station. Tickets can be purchased on the Bus Eireann website for €5 or purchased on arrival.
As part of an ongoing commitment towards becoming a circular festival, Body & Soul has increased Leave No Trace Campsite from 15% capacity in 2014 to 100% capacity in 2023. All Body & Soul campers commit to a Leave No Trace policy while at Body & Soul, meaning you commit to bringing all of your camping gear home with you and separating your rubbish while at the festival. There is an area designated for families and quiet camping within the Leave No Trace Campsite. Please follow signs once in the campsite. For Boutique Camping please contact directly to reserve (subject to availability).
MAP & STAGE TIMES
SOUL KIDS – FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN
To keep your little Body & Soul-ers engaged, Body & Soul festival has created a schedule of family friendly acts, performances, creative workshops and adventures in the forest, lakeside, walled gardens and hidden pathways of Ballinlough Estate to explore each day. Follow The Soul Kids Trail around the glorious woodland site, and watch your little festival heroes embrace the magic of Body & Soul 2023! Children must be accompanied by a guardian for all activities.
OPENING & CLOSING TIMES
Carpark: Friday 12pm-11pm, Saturday 10am-10pm, Sunday 10am – 6pm, Monday – no entry, closes 2pm.
Campsites: 1pm Friday until Monday 1pm
Box-office & Wristbanding: Friday 16th 12pm-10pm, Saturday 17th 10am-10pm, Sunday 18th 10am – 6pm. Please note entry to the festival is not permitted outside of these times.
Arena Opening Times: Friday at 3.30pm, Saturday at 10.30am and Sunday at 10.30am.
Arena Closing Times: Friday: 2am – Main Stage, Saturday: 2am – Main Stage, Sunday: Midnight – Main Stage (Ancillary Entertainment – 4am Friday & Saturday / 2am Sunday)
Sanctuary: Friday, 6pm – 9pm. Saturday/ Sunday- 11am – 8pm
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU
- Cash – Bars will be contactless but most traders will accept cash. Please remember to bring some cash with you as we will have no ATM on site. In case of any issues with the contactless system on-site there are back up tills.
- Phone and extra battery power
- Acceptable Photo ID – Passport, Driver’s Licence, or Garda age cards. Body & Soul 2023 is a strictly over 21s event and photo ID will be required to gain entrance.
- Tickets – download the PDF of your tickets or, alternatively, bring a printed hardcopy. Otherwise you have to join a long box office queue when you arrive.
- Appropriate clothing – the festival takes place outdoors and you should dress appropriately for all weather conditions.
- Reusable water bottle to fill up regularly!
- ALSO, be sure to bring sunscreen, a hat, a rain jacket, suitable footwear, warm clothes, clothes for the sun, a party frock and an infectiously positive mood!
WHAT NOT TO BRING WITH YOU
Glass (of any kind), offensive weapons or anything considered potentially harmful, drones and professional recording equipment, generators, gas canisters and fires, gazebos, petrol, flares, fireworks, spray cans, megaphones, air horns, unofficial high-viz or reflective jackets, pets. See FAQ’s for a full list of prohibited items.
Each weekend ticket holder is permitted to bring: 24 X 500 ml cans of beer, cider OR 1 X 750ml bottle of spirits OR 1 litre wine box or wine decanted into a 1 litre plastic bottle. No Glass is allowed onsite. Please decant your personal allowance prior to arriving onsite. No outside alcohol is permitted with day tickets. You will be checked at the point of wrist-banding. There is no re-entry with alcohol once wristbanded. No alcohol is permitted with Sunday day passes.
HEALTH & SAFETY TIPS
Body & Soul is a beautiful festival filled with wonderful characters and extraordinary experiences. An important aspect of taking part is staying safe and so the festival is offering visitors 10 tips on how to have the best Body & Soul experience possible.
1. Driving to and from the festival
Please do not use sat nav & follow Body & Soul Festival signage. There is a carefully designed traffic management plan in place to ensure a smooth and safe entry to the site for everyone. Following sat nav may bring you onto a route with restricted access. Please follow instructions on the Body & Soul website for the best route. Please drive safe, be aware of road conditions and national speed limits, and never ever drink and drive.
2. When camping, think about the fire risk
Tents, sleeping bags and other clothing and equipment may be flammable. Smoking in your tent is very dangerous, especially as you might get cosy and fall asleep with a lit cigarette! Please do not smoke in your tent.
3. Be prepared for any type of weather
Be prepared for the fickleness of the Irish weather, it may change rapidly. You may leave your campsite wearing sunnies in the morning, but by the afternoon it can rain. Sun dances welcome!
4. Using alcohol or other drugs is never without risk
Body & Soul does not condone the use of illegal drugs and encourages all patrons to please drink responsibly. If you choose to use alcohol or other drugs, please do so consciously. Please be aware that drugs may contain adulterants or be high potency.
5. Think for yourself, care about others
Please take care of yourself, watch out for each other and know that you can find help all around you.
6. Pace yourself: eat, sleep, dance
Take your time to recharge and make sure to get enough sleep. Treat yourself to some healthy foods to resupply your energy levels.
7. Don’t push your limits. Be responsible
Celebrate, dance, be wild, but do it within your own limits.
8. Take your time to chill
Are you partying in a hot and humid area? Please prevent yourself from overheating and take regular water breaks and time to rest.
9. Consent matters
Having consent means all parties are 100% enthusiastic about what’s happening the entire time. There is more to consent than just “Yes” or “No”. Remember to pay attention to how power is showing up in the exchange, body language and tone of voice. Consent matters. Consent is sexy.
10. The Medics are your friend
If you or your friend is not feeling well, don’t be afraid to visit the Medics Post or to approach any of the event staff. The Medics Post is a non-judgmental, confidential space. Be honest if substances were taken, this will make it easier for the officers to help you.
The HSE Safer Nightlife Programme and Psycare Ireland are also on board to offer dedicated support and welfare services to all attendees.