Last week, with a Golden Discs voucher worth a festive €25 on offer, I asked YOU to name your favourite Xmas choon and why.
You answered in your tens.
But there could be only one winner.
Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis by Tom Waits
Brother Barnabas writes:
Few others can find the beauty in the sordid like he can – and isn’t that what christmas is all about?
River by Joni Mitchell
Milly Vanilly Strikes Again writes:
There’s something melancholic and nostalgic and lovely about this song which sums up Christmas to me in a way few other Christmas songs do. It also happens to be my Xmas party piece after a few drinks, but we’ll say no more on that.
When The Thames Froze by Smith & Burrows.
I love all the old classics I grew up with and the sense of nostalgia they give me, but no other ‘new’ song has that effect on me as this one. Genuinely get the shivers and Christmas feels listening to it.
before and after: Kildare Street Hotel, 47-49 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Incredible Before+Afters for the proposed demolition of the former Kildare Street Hotel, comprising a fine terrace of late Georgian houses, described by the applicant as having a “dishevelled and functional appearance”. Ref: 4414/14. Last date for observations Thurs 12th Dec. pic.twitter.com/FHhRSpXUlZ
Then you’re going to love Dubliner Bobbi Arlo’s new single, which delights in listing all the succulent berries nature has provided.
This is feelgood playful pop with a mischievous smile on its face.
Bobbi (top) says of the video:
“I shot it with director Bobby Zithelo and producer Louis Maxwell. It was such a fun shoot. I invited a bunch of my friends to Lou’s studio and we just messed around for a few hours and the result was the ‘Berries’ video. A lot of the shots were improvised, and it came out great! The video was edited by my golden girl Niamh Bryson, who did an amazing job.”
After 10 years as an independent festival, we have decided to step back from our presence and 16-year partnership with Electric Picnic so that we can refocus all of our attention to what the central idea behind Body & Soul.
Creating an intimate and collaborative festival of the future; one that can embrace social change in a hugely positive way while celebrating an important and ancient Irish feast in our own unique, stand-alone style.
We want to work towards bringing back a fresh energy and perspective to Body & Soul at the Summer Solstice Festival in Ballinlough and for our new winter festival ÉRIU (December 2020).
We are adding a new sense of purpose to our festival pillars of sustainability, well-being, creativity, culture and family and we hope to focus all of our efforts in bringing something different to the landscape of Irish festivals into the next ten years.
The Body & Soul family celebrates all the incredible and unforgettable moments in our first festival home and wishes the Electric Picnic every success in the future.