Edinburgh Connect Music Festival: first wave of artists announced

Connect Music Festival has announced the first wave of its lineup for this summer’s event, with Massive Attack, The Chemical Brothers and The National headlining.

Connect is a brand new festival experience that will feature top left-field talent, from grassroots artists to big-name headliners – the festival will re-launch from August 26-28 at the Royal Highland Center in Edinburgh.

The National | Graham MacIndoe

Other names announced so far include Mogwai, Little Simz, Self Esteem, Jon Hopkins, Black Coffee, Bonobo, Bombay Bicycle Club, John Grant, LOW and Idlewild.

Music fans can get their early bird ticket by registering for access to the Connect presale before 9:00 a.m. Thursday, before tickets go on sale during the general release at 9:00 a.m. Friday.

Bristol collective Massive Attack take to the Grand Parade stage on Friday 26th August, while electronic dance music giants The Chemical Brothers headline Connect on Saturday 27th.

Ending the weekend and closing out Connect with their headline set for Sunday the 28th will be The National.

Additionally, British jazz drummer Moses Boyd, Glasgow trio Cloth, 2021 Sound of Young Scotland award winner Lvra, legendary Optimo (Espacio) and Future Utopia, Maeve and Hammer will be among the artists performing first. Connect day.

The National: recent British award winner Little Simz will take the stage on SundayRecent Brit Award winner Little Simz will take the stage on Sunday

On Sunday the 27th, acclaimed Scottish band Mogwai, who won Scottish Album of the Year last year for their tenth studio album As the Love Continues, will take to the stage at the Grand Parade.

Formed in Glasgow in 1995, Mogwai are known for their legendary concerts. They will be joined by recent Brit Award winner Little Simz and five-star review queen Self Esteem.

The National: Mogwai won Scottish Album of the Year in 2021Mogwai won Scottish Album of the Year in 2021

Another addition to Sunday’s line-up are independent festival favorites Bombay Bicycle Club. They will be joined by local heroes, Edinburgh-based Scottish rock band Idlewild, who will perform their acclaimed album The Remote Part.

Glasgow music collective Admiral Fallow, American singer and violinist Sudan Archives, indie rock band Dehd, Scottish singer-songwriters Hamish Hawk and Lizzie Reid, Bristol-based singer-songwriter Kathleen Francis will perform also on Sunday 28.

The National: Admiral Fallow will perform on Sunday, August 28Admiral Fallow will perform on Sunday August 28

DF Concerts & Events CEO Geoff Ellis said, “We are delighted to announce our lineup for Connect today. For some time now, we’ve been working tirelessly and carefully to curate an exciting lineup for the first edition of our new iteration of Connect and we’re really excited to share it.

“While Connect is an entirely new festival proposition, it will retain many of the qualities – and spirit – of its 2007 and 2008 namesake, particularly in terms of music, entertainment, food and drink programming.

He added: “We look forward to welcoming fans to the Royal Highland Showgrounds in August.”

Other artists will be added to the program in the weeks to come.

Visit the Connect website for more information.

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