Primal Scream and Franz Ferdinand announced in Connect festival line up

Connect festival will return to the capital’s Royal Highland Showgrounds in August.

A huge outdoor festival which will take place in Edinburgh this year has announced the first of its 2023 lineup which includes Primal Scream, Franz Ferdinand, and Young Fathers.

Connect festival will return to the capital’s Royal Highland Showgrounds between August 25 and August 27, 2023.

Headlining the festival’s opening night will be Scottish rock legends Primal Scream playing their classic ‘Screamadelica’ album, who will be joined by Franz Ferdinand, American four-piece Future Islands, and indie-electronic-pop group Confidence Man.

Brit award winning producer Fred again.. will make his third Scottish appearance by headlining the festival on Saturday, joined by Edinburgh-natives Young Fathers, Irish singer-songwriter Róisín Murphy, indie pop band MUNA.

Finally, on Sunday, American indie-rock supergroup boygenius featuring Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus, will be closing the festival.

Along with thes headliners, Raye, Public Service Broadcasting, Daniel Avery, Arab Strap, Loyle Carner, Friendly Fires and Highland star Katie Gregson-MacLeod will also play at the three-day event.

Other music, comedy and spoken word acts are still to be announced.

Building on the inaugural 2022 festival, Connect have made additions to the weekend, including an expansion to the camping area, allowing festival-goers to bring their own tent, along with boutique and pre-pitched tents plus an area for live-in vehicles.

Tickets are set to be released on Friday March 3, with pre-sale tickets available from Thursday, March 2.

Katt Lingard, festival manager, said: “We’re delighted to announce our lineup for Connect 2023. After such a fantastic festival in 2022, we’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone to an even bigger and bolder edition this summer.

“We have an unrivalled programme of music, acclaimed comedy and an expanded wellbeing schedule. We’re opening our doors to families, with dedicated entertainment for children of all ages, and adding a fantastic artisan food destination. 

“Connect really is a unique event in Scotland, bringing together everything that’s great about live music, being outdoors and I really feel we’ve created something so much bigger than the sum of its parts.

“Connect is all about being with friends and loved ones, creating our own community for the weekend, full of like-minded people, at one of the most beautiful festivals in the country.”

Other changes to the 2023 event include tickets available for children up to age 12, with a full programme of children’s activities will be announced in due course.

In addition to the musical line up, a food market, craft workshops, and a wellness programme will be offered to festival-goers.

Day tickets will cost £67.50 plus fees, a weekend pass will cost £169 plus fees, while three-day VIP tickets will be £245 plus fees.

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