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WITH ONLY THREE WEEKS TO GO, THE SET TIMES FOR EDINBURGH’S NEWEST FESTIVAL ARE HERE

WITH ONLY THREE WEEKS TO GO, THE SET TIMES FOR EDINBURGH’S NEWEST FESTIVAL ARE HERE

26th – 28th AUGUST 2022

THE ROYAL HIGHLAND CENTRE SHOWGROUND, EDINBURGH

TICKETS AVAILABLE VIA WWW.CONNECTMUSICFESTIVAL.COM

DOWNLOAD THE BRAND NEW CONNECT FESTIVAL APP FROM THE APP STORE OR GOOGLE PLAY

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 IDLESJon HopkinsThe Chemical BrothersThe 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 Paradestage 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 theRoyal 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 CentreSwim 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, LOWMoses 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.JORDANKILIMANJAROKrystal 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

DOWNLOAD THE CONNECT FESTIVAL APP FROM THE APP STORE OR GOOGLE PLAY

FRIDAY 26th August 

MAIN STAGE

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

GUITARS & OTHER MACHINES STAGE

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

UNKNOWN PLEASURES STAGE

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

SPEAKEASY 

Black Scot Pod, LVRA in Conversation, Fern Brady, Sean McLoughlin, Mark Nelson, Katie Pritchard 

SATURDAY 27th August

MAIN STAGE

The Chemical Brothers, Bonobo, The Twilight Sad, Caribou, Holly Humberstone, Chloe Moriondo, Just Mustard 

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, 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

SUNDAY 28th August 

MAIN STAGE

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

GUITARS & OTHER MACHINES STAGE

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

UNKNOWN PLEASURES STAGE

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

SPEAKEASY

Darren McGarvery in Conversation, Rebecca Vasmant in Conversation, Andres Ordorica, Justin Moorhouse, Becky Lucas, Joe Wells, Troy Hawke, Sustainability Hour

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. 

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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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