It’s a testament to how wrecked I am after Body&Soul that it’s taken me almost a week to get this post up.
But that’s not the festival’s fault, it’s entirely down to my advancing years: if anything, Body&Soul goes out of its way to make things as easy as possible for its revellers over the 3-day event.
With good food (the Food on Board area was a standout), great music, a happy, mellow crowd and really lovely, helpful staff members and volunteers, this was a weekend to remember and probably my best festival experience to date.
It was my first time attending the boutique event and - while it’s grown from 5,000 attendees to 15,000 this year - it never felt crowded and there was a feeling of space and ease and comfort, with lots to explore and discover.
The only time we couldn’t get into a tent was to watch Saturday’s Ireland v Belgium match which, if I’m honest, was no skin off my nose.
Highlights, for me, included the Absolut stage, which was rocking all weekend long, and their Midsummer Brunch; a couple of the Absolut Peppar Bloody Marys had me feeling human again after spending the night in a tent. Dancing (and people watching) to Optimo was also as good as I'd hoped.
The woodlands area was especially charming and atmospheric, with all manner of performers, artworks and installations to be discovered under the canopy of the forest of Ballinlough Castle. That’s where the Solas Spa could be found, with its seaweed baths and hot-tubs (my one regret? Forgetting my swimsuit).
The woodlands were also home to the festival’s healing area, The Sanctuary, which was a beautiful spot, offering a range of holistic treatments as well as workshops, yoga classes and inspiring talks.
The Sanctuary was probably my biggest (and most pleasant) surprise of Body&Soul. The sheer range of what was available, the quality of the therapists, and the calming, mellow vibe of the area were all quite unexpected, and my top tip to future festival-goers is to spend as much time here as you possibly can.
We left it until Sunday, when Mr Fluff and I both enjoyed massages to soothe our aching bones before the journey home. This was probably the best idea we’ve ever had: the therapists were amazing, and worked our mangled muscles back into a state of ease and relaxation. We both left grinning, telling everyone who’d listen that we’d had the massages of our lives. At €40 for an hour-long treatment, it was excellent value too; next time, I’ll be booking myself in for every day of the event. No joke.
What were your best bits of Body&Soul – or are you headed to any other festivals this summer?