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15th Jun 2022

Everything you need to know ahead of Sea Sessions & Body and Soul this weekend

Ellen Fitzpatrick

Festivals are well and truly back.

Sea Sessions is back this weekend and hitting Bundoran in Co Donegal from this Friday, with the three-day annual festival finally returning after two years off our radar.

Set to kick off on June 17, the first of acts are set to come on at 6pm, with many of our very own Irish artists playing gigs.

Friday is set to see Tinie Tempah headlining, with Joel Corry, Kneecap, Chasing Abbey, 49th and Main and Rachel Mae Hannon.

When it comes to Saturday, The Scratch, Kodaline, Lyra, True Tides, Thumper and N.O.A.H are all hitting the stage.

For the final day on Sunday, Belter’s Only, Basement Jaxx, The Academic, Jamie Webster, Lea Heart and Fia Moon are closing.

The organisers of this festival want to give you more to the experience, so there’s more than just music here with beach sports, surfing sessions and an urban street jam all in the mix.

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As it’s in Bundoran, along the Wild Atlantic Way, there are a lot of activities you can get involved in.

Organisers said: “Sea Sessions event site will be hosting a skateboard display and a Surf Event. Ancillary off site events will include a tag rugby competition, beach Olympics and beach soccer.”

This is strictly an over 18s event, and only Government issued ID will be accepted.

Sea Sessions is based on the Main Beach in the centre of Bundoran, which is in south Donegal. It’s 5km from Ballyshannon and 37km from Sligo, which has national rail and bus links. Direct buses from Dublin are also available.

When it comes to Body and Soul, it’s also kicking off from June 17 to 19, but instead taking place at Ballinlough Castle, Clonmellon, Co. Westmeath.

Body and Soul is an over 21s event and this year is set to be totally cashless and organisers said: “Body & Soul is a haven for experienced partiers, late-night revellers, discerning creatives, nature lovers, peace seekers and anyone looking for a tastemaking, boutique affair.

“Body & Soul observes principles of harm reduction, consent culture, inclusivity and equity.”

Set to take the stage on Friday is Jon Hopkins, King Kong Company, Soda Blonde and Sprints.

On Saturday, Roisin Murphy, Mother DJs, Pillow Queens, CMAT, Lisa O’Neill and Crash Emsemble and Efe will take the stage.

For the final day on Sunday, Mogwai, Sampa The Great, Yves Tumor, Special Guest, Yard Act and Lee Fields are closing the festival.

You don’t need a car pass to park here, unlike Sea Sessions, and they encourage ticket holders to carpool with their pals.

Bus transportation is available from Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick and directions are set to be emailed to ticketholders 48 hours prior to the event.

You can bring a caravan to the event but for this you’ll need a caravan pass.