Massive Attack, The Chemical Brothers and The National are among the big names announced for the revived Connect Festival, scheduled to take place from 26th – 28th August at Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre.
Mogwai, Little Simz, Idlewild, Self Esteem, Jon Hopkins, Bonobo, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Twilight Sad, John Grant, and Low are also on the bill of the new incarnation of the event, which initially took place in 2007 and 2008 at Inveraray Castle.
The lineup for this year’s version reflects the ethos of the original festival, being aimed at perhaps more mature (alternative? discerning?) music fans – the Beastie Boys, Björk, Jarvis Cocker and Franz Ferdinand were among the acts who performed at Inveraray.
In addition this year, South African electronic artist Black Coffee, the Belgium-based duo Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul, British jazz drummer Moses Boyd, Glasgow three-piece Cloth, 2021’s Sound of Young Scotland Award winner Lvra, the legendary Optimo (Espacio) and Future Utopia, Maeve, and Hammer will be among the artists performing on day one of Connect.
Bonobo will join the line-up on Saturday 27th August as will The Twilight Sad, Low, Erol Alkan, American singer-songwriter Chloe Moriondo, shoegaze legends Ride, Scottish quartet Swim School and Scottish-based electronic artist Nightwave, as well as artists such as Matt Maltese, and Willie J Healey.
Heading the Grand Parade Stage on Sunday 27th August are Mogwai, plus Little Simz, Self Esteem, Black Country, New Road, Bombay Bicycle Club, local heroes Idlewild – performing ‘The Remote Part’, as well as Admiral Fallow, Hamish Hawk, American singer and violinist Sudan Archives, three-piece indie rock band Dehd, Scottish singer-songwriter Lizzie Reid, Bristol-based singer-songwriter Kathleen Francis, Geese, Rae Morris, Horse Meat Disco, Jamz Supernova and Rebecca Vasmant.
This version of Connect Festival will not be a traditional camping event, although there will be a limited number of luxury, boutique camping structures such as bell tents and more – along with a number of onsite hotels within walking distance.
Early bird tickets are available to anyone signing up to access the Connect presale at www.connectmusicfestival.com by 9am on Thursday 24th February, before tickets go on sale on general release at 9am on Friday 25th February.