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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - Lau­rence Mackin

BODY & SOUL

Body & Soul is open us. We are now of­fi­cially knee deep in the fes­ti­val sea­son. Prep your ears. Gird your loins. Bol­ster your liver. The sum­mer is upon us.

On page two, you’ll find Louise Bru­ton’s guide to your last-minute fes­ti­val es­sen­tials, to keep you smoothly mo­tor­ing over the whole week­end. So here are a few other things to keep in mind if you’re head­ing to Ballinlough Cas­tle.

There are no phys­i­cal tick­ets this year, with new part­ner Tick­et­booth, so print off the PDF at home or sim­ply show up with it on your phone. If you need a lift or have space in your ve­hi­cle, check out Go Car Share where peo­ple can get there for the price of the petrol. Driv­ers who ar­rive with full cars might even get a Green VIP pack from the or­gan­is­ers.

In terms of di­rec­tions, if you are com­ing from Mullingar, take the N52 to­wards Delvin. Travel through Delvin, turn­ing right on to the N51. Fol­low this road and then turn left at Crowen­stown Na­tional School on to the L5525. You will soon be all up in the fes­ti­val’s grille.

If you are com­ing from the M3/N3/N52 or Clon­mel­lon di­rec­tion, take the M3/N3 North past the toll plazas to the N3 Kells round­about. There, take the 1st exit N52 to­wards Clon­mel­lon. In the vil­lage, con­tinue on the N52 into Delvin, be­fore turn­ing left on to the N51 in the vil­lage. From there, turn left at Crowen­stown Na­tional School on to the L5525.

Op­tion three is from the di­rec­tion of Ath­boy. Travel on the N51, be­fore turn­ing right af­ter The Crowen­stown Inn on to the L5525.

Bus tick­ets to the fes­ti­val can be bought on the coaches for ¤25 in ad­vance or ¤30 re­turn with Marathon Coach Travel. Some times may al­ready be sold out. They leave from Cus­tom House Quay; look for the tem­po­rary bus sign with the Marathon Coach Travel logo. De­par­ture times on Fri­day are 10:30am, 11am, 11.30am, 2.30pm, 3pm and 7pm. On Satur­day and Sun­day, it’s 11am only.

What else is worth know­ing? The event is strictly over-20s and photo ID will be re­quested. Chil­dren un­der 12 go free. Week­end tick­ets were still on sale at time of writ­ing, but have typ­i­cally sold out as the fes­ti­val opens. One-day tick­ets are avail­able only for Sun­day.

In terms of pro­vi­sions, pun­ters can bring 24 cans or one bot­tle of spir­its or three bot­tles of wine on site. No al­co­hol is per­mit­ted with Sun­day day passes. De­cant drinks into plas­tic be­fore you ar­rive, as no glass is per­mit­ted on site. One-litre plas­tic bot­tles will be avail­able at the main en­trance for ¤1.

The good news is that the fes­ti­val op­er­ates a free-flow policy, mean­ing you can bring al­co­hol from camp sites into the are­nas.

What else are we look­ing for­ward to? Check out Dean Van Nguyen’s guide to the best acts to see on irish­times.com. Dean has al­ready picked a se­lec­tion of six fine acts to see this year, though we’d add Ice­landic mu­si­cian Jófríður Ákadót­tir, aka JFDR, to the list. She takes to the Won­der­lust stage at 9.15pm on Sun­day night, for those go­ing the dis­tance.

The Dark and Stormy bar has a whop­per mu­si­cal line-up to go with the best drinks se­lec­tion to be found in Ballinlough. We’re also dy­ing to see the stun­ning brick Fu­nic­u­lar Folly built by ar­chi­tect Rae Moore, along with Con­nor McGrath and Cre­ate CNC and their team deep in the woods around the Walled Gar­den.

And of course you wouldn’t want to miss The Ir­ish Times se­lec­tion of talks, dis­cus­sions and en­ter­tain­ment on the Won­der­lust stage all Satur­day af­ter­noon, cu­rated by, well, me.

Shake out that tent. Crack that can. Spread that sun­block. It’s Body and Soul time.

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