WITH ONLY THREE WEEKS TO GO, THE SET TIMES FOR EDINBURGH’S NEWEST FESTIVAL ARE HERE
With only three weeks to go until Connect kicks off, Edinburgh’s new music festival is giving fans another exciting glimpse of what to expect from 26th – 28th August at the Royal Highland Centre Showgrounds. Releasing the highly anticipated set times for acts like IDLES, Jon Hopkins, The Chemical Brothers, The Twilight Sad, Little Simz and MORE.
Festival revellers can now start planning their epic Connect weekend well in advance on the Connect Festival App with fan favourite headliner Jon Hopkins set to take the stage at 21:30 on Friday night, closing out the first night with feel-good party beats and euphoric grooves. Saturday afternoon is non-stop good vibes, seeing 2022 Brit Rising Star winner Holly Humberstone take to the Grand Parade stage at 15:20, with her sizzling hot infusion of bittersweet piano ballads and anthemic trip pop quickly followed by Caribou and Glasgow’s own The Twilight Sad. Scottish hard rock legends Mogwai take to the stage at 19:35 on Sunday followed by The National at 21:15, bringing their cult favourite brand of moody, alt-rock to the Royal Highland Centre, closing out the weekend in glorious style.
Connect music festival makes its exciting Edinburgh debut from August 26 – 28th, uniting some of the most influential and pioneering names in music from around the world, with the very best of Scotland’s homegrown heroes. An event for music lovers, it boasts a star-studded line-up of Grand Parade heavyweights, exciting breakthrough acts over at the Guitar & Other Machines stage, DJ pioneers showcasing their blistering talent, sure to get everyone up on their feet dancing in the Unknown Pleasures tent, to some of the leading names on the UK comedy scene over at Speakeasy.
So ahead of its return, here’s just a few of the exciting things to do at Edinburgh’s brand new festival to ensure you make the most of your weekend and end your summer on the best note,by planning your whole festival experience on the Connect Festival App.
SING ALONG TO YOUR FAVOURITE TUNES AT THE GRAND PARADE STAGE
As the summer draws to a close, there’s no better feeling than singing along to your favourite songs with your pals. Scottish crowds are some of the best in the world and Connect is certainly looking to live up to that as 15,000 festival revellers prepare to descend on the Royal Highland Centre Showgrounds for a weekend of non-stop good vibes and anthemic bangers. Boasting an eclectic line-up ranging from the trap infused 70s beats of rising star Little Simz who just last week was shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Prize along with her Connect peers, Self Esteem and Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler, the electropop mania of The Chemical Brothers, to a noughties indie rock throwback with crowd favourites Bombay Bicycle Club, there’s something for everyone.
FORAGE & FEAST
When you’re not dancing into the night or singing along to your favourite acts, it’s time to indulge in some crowd-pleasing cuisine. Whether you’re purely plant-based, or looking for that special weekend treat, there’s plenty of choice to feed all appetites and cravings. From exotic street food, to exceptional Scottish chefs offering up a smorgasbord of traditional dishes paired with an exciting modern twist.
CONNECT TO YOUR INNER VIP
Treat yourself to a special upgrade and enjoy the ultimate Connect VIP experience in the exclusive garden where you will have access to the secluded area with its stunning views across the festival grounds including The Grand Parade stage. Toast to the weekend at the VIP bar area, or grab some food and chill-out in-between sets.
DISCOVER FUTURE CONNECT HEADLINERS
Check out the Guitars & Other Machines stage for the best in up-and-coming acts, one day destined for the main stage. Whether it be Glasgow East End’s own Joesef with his old soul and classic jazz vibrato, reminiscent of Amy Winehouse and Adele, or CMAT, who after a stand-out performance at this year’s TRNSMT festival, brings her confessional lyrics and Nashville inspired sound to the Royal Highland Centre. Swim School are set for a hometown show, describing themselves as “Tesco value Wolf Alice”, you can catch the Edinburgh natives on Saturday as they perform their indie rock bangers and emotionally charged anthems. Swing by the Guitars & Other Machines stage and catch many more acts including Idlewild, Admiral Fallow, Ride, LOW, Moses Boyd, LYRA.
IT’S A PLEASURE!
Release your inhibitions at the Unknown Pleasures stage and dance the day away to some of the biggest names in electronic music. From Glasgow’s own TAAHLIAH, when she’s not serving up a perfect blend of hyper-pop and classic trap beats in Berlin, she’s in her hometown making a name for herself as a leading figure in the city’s underground LGBTQ+ scene. Witness icons of the industry, Horse Meat Disco, as the collective bring their unique makeshift DIY beats to the Connect stage. Be sure to check out Optimo (Espacio), as the cult legends celebrate 25 years of electronic excellence. There’s many more exciting acts on offer from Sam Gellaitry, Barry Can’t Swim, I.JORDAN, KILIMANJARO, Krystal Klear.
COMEDY & CONVERSATIONS
Over at the Speakeasy there will be a host of talent and conversation on show, from comedy acts sure to get the tent erupting in laughs, to artist Q&As with the likes of LVRA and Stuart Braithwaite & James Graham of Mogwai and The Twilight Sad. Friday welcomes the hosts of The Black Scot Pod, listen as Suzie and Shirley share heart-warming anecdotes of their childhoods growing up in Scotland, pop culture, current events, and everything in-between with plenty of banter and laughs in the mix. Award-winning comedian Mark Nelson is on hand, since winning the inaugural Scottish Comedian of the Year Award in 2006, his career has gone from strength to strength and his appearance at Connect is not to be missed.
‘Profoundly hilarious… Mark Nelson possesses a talent that is simply obscene’ ★★★★ List
CONNECT MUSIC FESTIVAL TICKETS
TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM https://connectmusicfestival.com/
General Admission day tickets £65 + booking fees
General Admission 3 day tickets £165 + booking fees
General Admission 3 day ticket on a payment plan £51 + booking fees (first instalment)
VIP day tickets £95 + booking fees
VIP 3 day tickets £240 + booking fees
VIP 3 day ticket on a payment plan £65 + booking fees (first instalment)
TRAVEL TO CONNECT MUSIC FESTIVAL
Car Parking – £10 per day via Ticketmaster advance purchase
Tram – 25 min walk or use our free shuttle to/from trams throughout day and night.
Train – City Shuttle 98 Service will run from Edinburgh Waverley and Edinburgh Haymarket.
Taxis – Can drive into our dedicated taxi area
Chartered Coaches – Happy Buses are available from 34 different pick-up points across Scotland From Hamilton to Helensburgh, Glasgow to Glenrothes. Prices start at £16 return from Livingston
Bus services – The Airlink/900 runs regularly from Glasgow to Edinburgh.