Connect Music Festival unveils headliners and first wave of acts

Massive Attack, The Chemical Brothers and The National will headline the event in Edinburgh.

Massive Attack, The Chemical Brothers and The National to headline Connect Music Festival in Edinburgh The National

Massive Attack, The Chemical Brothers and The National will headline Connect Music Festival.

A whole host of other acts have also been unveiled for the three-day event, including Mogwai, Little Simz, Bombay Bicycle Club, Bonobo, The Twilight Sad, Caribou, Swim School, Maeve, Idlewild and Admiral Fallow.

The festival, from TRNSMT and T in the Park organisers DF Concerts & Events, will take place at Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre this August.

It has been “remastered” for a new audience having previously been held at Inveraray Castle in Argyll in 2007 and 2008.

The Chemical Brothers: More acts will be announced in the coming weeks.The Chemical Brothers

Geoff Ellis, CEO of DF Concerts & Events, said: “For some time now we have been working tirelessly and carefully to curate a captivating line-up for the first edition of our new iteration of Connect and we have been really excited to share it.

“While Connect is a brand new festival proposition, it will still retain many qualities from – and the ethos of – its namesake from 2007 and 2008, especially regarding the music, entertainment, food and drink programmes.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming the very best in leftfield talent from grassroots through to award-winning headliners to perform this year and we cannot wait to welcome fans to the Royal Highland showgrounds this August.”

More acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

The festival – which will also feature visual arts and installations – will offer a limited number of boutique camping options.

Idlewild: The band played the first Connect Festival in 2007.Idlewild

Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble said: “Idlewild played the inaugural Connect Festival in 2007.

“It was a unique Scottish festival in a wonderful location, so we’re delighted to hear it’s returning, and even more delighted to be playing at it in its new location outside Edinburgh.

“2022 is the 20th anniversary of our record The Remote Part, so we thought it would be fitting to celebrate the album by playing it at Connect festival.”

Connect Music Festival will take place between August 26-28.

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Connect Music Festival

Friday, August 26: Massive Attack, Jon Hopkins, Black Coffee, John Grant, Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul, Future Utopia, Maeve, Moses Boyd, Cloth, LVRA, Optimo (Espacio), Hammer.

Saturday, August 27: The Chemical Brothers, Bonobo, The Twilight Sad, Caribou, Chloe Moriondo, Ride playing Nowhere, LOW, Matt Maltese, Willie J Healey, Swim School, Erol Alkan, Nightwave.

Sunday, August 28: The National, Mogwai, Bombay Bicycle Club, Little Simz, Self Esteem, Black Country, New Road, Rae Morris, Idlewild playing the Remote Part, Admiral Fallow, Sudan Archives, Dehd, Hamish Hawk, Lizzie Reid, Geese, Kathleen Frances, Horse Meat Disco, Jamz Supernova, Rebecca Vasmant.

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