Body and Soul Festival 2022 is back with a wealth of amazing queer acts 

The festival has announced its full line-up for 2022 with some unmissable queer artists and more.

A photo of two drag queens performing at the 2022 Body & Soul Festival.
Image: Candy Warhol

Ireland’s most beautiful midsummer festival Body & Soul announced its full lineup for the 2022 edition and it is filled with fabulous talent and queer delights. The festival returns to its historical location, the Ballinlough Castle in County Westmeath, on the Summer Solstice weekend of June 17-19.

Body & Soul focuses on curating diverse experiences and celebrating life, music, culture, and the arts. With its female-led team, the festival has launched so many projects in its 20 years of history and won multiple awards for innovation, sustainability, and business.

In its 2022 version, the Body & Soul festival will offer a weekend full of surprises, starting with a Saturday night show from Róisín Murphy, who will perform some solid gold hits from her fifth solo album, Róisín Machine.

Having marked its 25th-anniversary last year, the Scottish post-rock band Mogwai will close the festival on Sunday night. 

Openly bisexual singer-songwriter Remi Wolf will also be making an appearance, together with other artists like poet Sampa the Great and experimental musician Yves Tumor. Dublin artist CMAT will delight the audience with her debut album If My Wife New I’d Be Dead, which was at the top of Irish charts this year.

And since we’re talking about musicians from the city, we are delighted to announce that our favourite Dublin band, the Pillow Queens, will also take the stage with their euphoric sounds. Other names include feminist post-punk outfit M(H)aol; Irish artist Fears with her combination of reflective electronics and haunting vocals; avant-garde performer Sinead O’Brien; Welsh producer Kelly Lee Owens; electronic music composer Jon Hopkins; Parisian rave artist Godford; American soil legend Lee Fields; psychedelic rock band The Altered Hours; the Welsh garage rockers The Bug Club; Peruvian DJ Sofia Kourtesis; synth-pop and electronic duo Magdalena Bay; Leeds’ post-punks Yard Act.

This outstanding music programme won’t be the only attraction for the weekend, as Body & Soul will also showcase an array of queer artists and experiences. Among them, our gal pal Candy Warhol and her drag haus and queer cabaret, which will be serving up brunch in the ‘Avant Garden’ hub. It will be a fusion of innovative cuisine and food-inspired performances and a celebration of Irish food, thanks to the help of Food on Board.

Making sustainability a central element of the weekend, in 2022 Body & Soul will be the first circular festival in Ireland and there is already a five-year plan to become carbon-neutral by 2027.

For more detailed information and tickets, check out their website here.

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