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High­lights this year in­cluded Slow Magic, John Grant, the moosey mus­ings of Cari­bou, Bal­let School, Jon Hop­kins, Get Down Ed­its on wood­land decks, the ban­ter round My House, Dave’s Glow­hole, Mikey and The Scal­ly­wags, Michael Hard­ing on the Won­der­lust tip, Max Romeo and King Kong Com­pany (in­cluded solely on the ba­sis that I play with them; I had the best Sun­day lunchtime of my life).

The beat­ing heart of this fes­ti­val re­mains in the mood­ily lit mid­night woods, though. The high-qual­ity in­stal­la­tions and cre­ations have a spark of guile, fan­tasy and imag­i­na­tion about them that can’t be faked or feigned. The mi­nor­ity of messers in any large crowd meant that a very small amount of art got dam­aged or de­stroyed, but mostly the magic in the woods re­mained in­tact all weekend. It wasn’t pleas­ant to be hunted out of the for­est by se­cu­rity with loud­hail­ers at 5am (ish), but they prob­a­bly did us a favour; they could’ve been a tad more sub­tle, though – we were quite del­i­cate.

Body & Soul has set the stan­dard for the sum­mer’s ses­sions and I’d be sur­prised if any other fes­ti­val (Elec­tric Pic­nic in­cluded) man­aged to top the show that was lapped up by blissed-out pun­ters in Co West- meath. It would be neg­li­gent not to sam­ple as many of the other fes­tive fields as pos­si­ble, how­ever, just to see how they square up, like. This weekend, Sea Ses­sions will be wax­ing their stick, ready to ride out an­other blind­ing bash in Bun­do­ran.

I’m opt­ing to pop my cherry at West­port Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic and Food. If any­one catches me next or near to Bryan Adams’s gig on Sun­day night, you have my ex­press per­mis­sion to pour Buck­fast over my bulb; I’d be hap­pier if you got it straight into my gob right be­fore Kool & The Gang, though.

Co­in­ci­den­tally, this weekend’s fore­cast is some­what cari­bou-ish – it looks a lit­tle like rain, dear.

Safe trav­els, don’t die.


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