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CONNECT FESTIVAL ADDS NEW ACTS TO BILL INCLUDING A COMEDY LINEUP AHEAD OF ITS EDINBURGH DEBUT

CONNECT FESTIVAL ADDS NEW ACTS TO THE BILL INCLUDING A COMEDY LINEUP AHEAD OF ITS EDINBURGH DEBUT 

THE MYSTERINES, CMAT, THE JOY HOTEL, KILIMANJARO, LUCIA AND THE BEST BOYS AND AN ELECTRIFYING COMEDY LINE-UP JOIN SCOTLAND’S NEW SUMMER FESTIVAL 

26th – 28th AUGUST 2022

THE ROYAL HIGHLAND CENTRE SHOWGROUND, EDINBURGH

TICKETS AVAILABLE VIA WWW.CONNECTMUSICFESTIVAL.COM

Summer is officially upon us, the heat is sizzling and anticipation for Edinburgh’s new festival, Connect, is building. Today’s announcement features exciting additions to the acclaimed line-up, including Lucia & The Best Boys, The Joy HotelCMATThe Mysterines, and KILIMANJARO. Taking place 26th – 28th August at Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre ShowgroundConnect is a new festival experience that will feature the best in up-and-coming talent and award-winning headliners. Music fans can secure their tickets here.

Connect will unite some of the most influential and truly pioneering names in music from around the world with the very best of Scotland’s homegrown heroes. This is a festival for music lovers, and the first edition at the Royal Highland Centre Showground in August 2022 promises to be one to remember. 

The weekend’s festivities will take place across 3 stages; The Grand Parade where guests can expect to get up close to the biggest names in music, Guitars & Other Machines which is a space for up-and-coming, grassroots artists and your favourites of the future, plus a few heroes in there too, and finally the Unknown Pleasuresstage which invites fans to explore their adventurous side with a programme of electronic music.

Fresh off a support slot with indie rock legends, Wolf Alice,Lucia & The Best Boys, bring their quirky goth rock charm to the Connect Grand Parade stage, sure to wow audiences with their blend of brooding melancholia and glittery pop choruses. Joining them are acts including The Joy Hotel and The Mysterines. With the Liverpool four-piece recently achieving a Top 10 UK Albums Chart position for their debut album, ‘Reeling’, The Mysterines are tipped for greatness, with legend Paul Weller calling himself a fan. 

Rising country sensation, CMAT joins Connect – channelling the Nashville greats who came before her, CMAT; an acronym for her birth name, Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson, crafts beautiful storytelling in her music and soulful acoustic strings. Originally in an electro duo, wise words from pop superstar Charli XCX gave her the courage she needed to pick up her guitar and become the musician she is today. As supporters of music at every level, Connect has curated a weekend of sounds, from homegrown rock on the Guitars & Other Machines stage, to the Unknown Pleasures stage where DJ KILIMANJARO will bring his Afro-centric rhythms and influences paired with the fast paced energies of the western electronic scene. Born in Southern Africa and raised in Scotland, he has cemented himself as an up-and-comer on the electronic music scene.

Over at the Speakeasy in association with The List, 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 some of Scotland’s biggest and best talent. On Friday 26th August The List will present a lineup which includes rising star LVRA ‘in Conversation’ where you can hear about her journey to date from recording her debut album and winning the Sound of Young Scotland Award at the SAY Awards last year. Friday will see The List Presents Black Scot Pod making their appearance at Connect Music Festival, launched due to a lack of Black Scottish voices in mainstream media, Suzie and Shirley share their experiences of growing up in Scotland and discuss pop-culture, current events, and everything in-between with plenty of banter and laughs in the mix.Fern Brady and Sean McLoughlin also join the comedy bill. Award-winning comic Katie Pritchard joins, after an electrifying few years which saw her shortlisted for the Chorts! Comedy Shorts and The Comedy Crowd TV 2020 showcase, described by ShortList as “an explosion of joyful lunacy” , her slot in the Speakeasy tent is not to be missed. Since winning the inaugural Scottish Comedian of the Year Award in 2006, just one year after his first-ever open-spot, Mark Nelson’s career has gone from strength-to-strength and he has established himself as one of the UK’s biggest comedy powerhouses, catch his set this August at Connect Music Festival

‘Profoundly hilarious… Mark Nelson possesses a talent that is simply obscene’ ★★★★ List

Don’t miss Saturday, when The List presents a Q&A with Stuart Braithwaite and James Graham of The Twilight Sad and Mogwai fame who join Connect for an evening of conversation, detailing their fascinating careers so far. Leyla Josephine,Marjolein Robertson follow who are also part of the List’s curated programme of culture and conversation. Tom Cashman andFinlay Christie follow, along withJenny Bede, the acclaimed musical comedian. Getting her start on Youtube back in 2013 with her quick witted social commentary and music parodies – she is a triple threat, a comedian, musician and actor. 

Sunday promises to be one to remember, seeing the likes of The List presents Darren McGarvey and Rebecca Vasmant in conversation alongside queer Latinx poet, Andres Ordorica who, through his work, documents what it means to be an LGBT+ immigrant in our society. Following them are Justin MoorhouseBecky LucasJoe Wells and Troy Hawke, with Hawke, a character comedian hailing from Newcastle, bringing his award-winning routine to Connect

Join as MCsConnor Burns,Brennan Reece andJo Caufield host the weekend’s events, bringing their unique stylings to the busy tent. 

To ensure you receive all Connect news please register at https://www.connectmusicfestival.com

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FRIDAY 26th August 

MAIN STAGE

IDLESJon Hopkins, John Grant, Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler, The Mysterines, Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul, Future Utopia, Maeve

GUITARS & OTHER MACHINES STAGE

Joesef, Moses Boyd, CMAT,  LYRA, Cloth, Jealous of the Birds, LVRA

UNKNOWN PLEASURES STAGE

Optimo (Espacio), I. JORDAN, Hammer, TAAHLIAH, KILIMANJARO, Pocket

SPEAKEASY 

Black Scot Pod, LVRA in Conversation, Fern Brady, Tiny Changes Keynote, Sean McLoughlin, Mark Nelson, Katie Pritchard, Conor Burns. 

SATURDAY 27th August

MAIN STAGE

The Chemical Brothers, Bonobo, The Twilight Sad, Caribou, Holly Humberstone, Chloe Moriondo, Lucia & The Best Boys

GUITARS & OTHER MACHINES STAGE

RIDE playing Nowhere, LOW, Matt Maltese, Willie J Healey, NewDad, Swim School, The Joy Hotel, Opus Kink

UNKNOWN PLEASURES STAGE

Erol Alkan, Krystal Klear, Dance System, Nightwave, Push It, Nadia Summer B2B DIJA

SPEAKEASY

Leyla Josephine, Marjolein Robertson, Stuart Braithwaite & James Graham in Conversation, Tom Cashman, Finlay Christie, Jenny Bede, Brennan Reece

SUNDAY 28th August 

MAIN STAGE

The National, Mogwai, Bombay Bicycle Club, Little Simz, Self Esteem, Black Country, New Road, Rae Morris, Rachel Chinouriri

GUITARS & OTHER MACHINES STAGE

Idlewild playing The Remote Part, Admiral Fallow, Sudan Archives, DEHD, Hamish Hawk, Lizzie Reid, Kathleen Frances

UNKNOWN PLEASURES STAGE

Horse Meat Disco, Sam Gellaitry, Jamz Supernova, Barry Can’t Swim, Rebecca Vasmant, Karma Kid

SPEAKEASY

Darren McGarvery, Rebecca Vasmant in Conversation, Justin Moorhouse, Becky Lucas, Joe Wells, Troy Hawke, Jo Caufield & Alycia Pirmohamed.

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 – Parking is £10 per day via Ticketmaster advance purchase

Tram – A 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 – Taxis and drop offs 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 and drops off near the festival site. 

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Martin Bone - Editor-in-Chief

Martin is a founding member of Patchchord News and is Director & Editor-in-Chief for PCN Magazine / Patchchord News Martin also is a Freelance Photographer and lives in the Scottish Borders Scotland. Martin also specialises in Commercial Photography in Music & Events, Sports and Portrait Photography and Video. Also the Official Photographer for Football Club Maybole Juniors.
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