Limerick’s Bleeding Heart Pigeons for Body & Soul

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Limerick trio Bleeding Heart Pigeons, who are playing at Body & Soul
LIMERICK band Bleeding Heart Pigeons are among the latest additions to the Body & Soul festival, taking place in June.

LIMERICK band Bleeding Heart Pigeons are among the latest additions to the Body & Soul festival, taking place in June.

And in a big week for summer festival announcements, it has been revealed that Blur have been added to the Electric Picnic line-up, along with Grace Jones and Interpol.

The Limerick trio of Bleeding Heart Pigeons - Micháel Keating, Cathal Histon and Brendan McInerney - who released their debut, self-titled EP through Virgin in late 2013, are among a slew of new acts added to the Ballinlough Castle based Body & Soul, taking place on the summer solstice weekend, June 19-21.

Joining a line-up that already includes trip-hoppers Leftfield are Super Furry Animals, Tiga, Kiasmos, Vin Gordon, the Real Rock Band, SOAK, Kuenta i Tambu, CLU, Cloud Castle Lake and Planet Parade.

Savages, Ásgeir, Goat, Austra, Nightmares On Wax, MMOths, Lamb, Matthew E White and Dan Deacon are also on a bursting bill for the boutique festival, which takes place in the woodlands of Ballinlough and is one of the most intimate festivals taking place on the Irish calendar.

Meanwhile, the mighty Blur have been added to the Electric Picnic line-up for the Stradbally music and arts festival, taking place from September 4-6.

Sam Smith, Grace Jones, Interpol, FKA Twigs, Paul Kalkbrenner, Gavin James, Printer Clips, The Riptide Movement and Yasiin Bey are also among the new acts added to the festival, the premiere outing of the summer.

Florence and the Machine and Underworld had already been announced for this year’s EP, as well as Manic Street Preachers, Róisín Murphy, Tame Impala, Hot Chip, Belle & Sebastian, The War On Drugs, George Ezra, Future Islands, Jurassic 5, Chvrches, Ride, Jon Hopkins, Battles, My Morning Jacket, Jessie Ware, Django Django, Low, Pond, Tourist, Metz, Girl Band, Kwabs and more.

Limerick’s Capriccio String Quartet, made up of Deirdre Cussen, Cora Houlihan, Finola and Bernice Molony, will also return to the rolling fields of Stradbally.

Tickets for both festivals are available from Ticketmaster online and the usual outlets.