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Celebs out in force for Body&Soul festival

DUBLIN Wives' star Virginia Macari, model Michelle McGrath, and Masterchef Ireland's Dylan McGrath were among the well-known faces at the Body&Soul Festival at the weekend.

The three-day event could have been described as 'Sun&Rain' such were the weather conditions over Ballinlough Castle in Meath.

However, that didn't stop an estimated 3,000 festival-goers hosting a mass meditation yesterday morning, a first for an Irish festival, to coincide with the weekend's summer solstice.

"We wanted to create a moment which everyone could share so we opened the main stage early to make it happen," Avril Stanley, organiser of the Body &Soul Festival, told the Herald.

Buck's hostess Michele McGrath spent the weekend with a microphone in her hand, not returning to her past as a pop singer but interviewing punters for Irish website TNT24ie with fellow host Rory O'Keefe.

Now in its fourth year, along with headliners Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Nicolas Jaar and Public Image Ltd, the family-friendly event featured a range of other weird and wonderful events, including a Gamelatron.

It's a masterfully tuned orchestra of vibraphones, drums, chimes, bells and resonating bronze gongs played by robotic mallets are installed to immerse the audience in living kinetic sculptures.

Virginia Macari was accompanied to Body&Soul by her Norwegian fiancé Kaste Dahlmodel.

Organisers said they were "very happy" with the estimated 6,500 who attended the festival.