THE newest addition to Scotland’s festival calendar, Connect Music Festival has today announced the line-up for this summer’s event, with Massive Attack, The Chemical Brothers and The National set to headline.

They will be joined by Mogwai, Little Simz, Self Esteem, Jon Hopkins, Black Coffee, Bonobo, Bombay Bicycle Club, John Grant, LOW and Idlewild and many more from 26th – 28th August at Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre.

Music fans will be able to secure their early bird ticket by signing up to access the Connect presale here by 9am on Thursday 24th February, before tickets go on sale on general release at 9am on Friday 25th February.

Having taken place in 2007 and 2008, the festival will once again unite award-winning musicians and homegrown heroes alike. Day splits can be seen below.

DF Concerts & Events CEO, Geoff Ellis said: “We are delighted to be announcing our line-up for Connect today. 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’.

In addition to amazing music there will be a wealth of unique, remarkable and experiences to immerse yourself in. From visual arts and installations that will keep festival goers amused throughout the weekend as well as culinary delights and crafted drinks from local artisans.

There will also be more announcements in the coming weeks, with more artists to be added to the line up alongside incredible performers and spoken word artists.

This version of Connect Festival will not be a traditional camping event, although there will be a limited number of luxury, boutique camping structures such as bell tents and more – along with a number of onsite hotels within walking distance.  More information available at

Roddy Woomble, Idlewild – “Idlewild played the inaugural Connect Festival in 2007. In 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’d be fitting to celebrate the album by playing it at Connect festival.”

Admiral Fallow – “We were lucky enough to perform both years at Connect first time round, back when we were just starting to make music together. As a young band it felt really exciting to share a bill with such incredible artists. So it feels great to be asked to play at this year’s festival in Edinburgh. We’re looking forward to getting back out in front of crowds of music fans again.”

Get your tickets and more info here. 

FRIDAY 26th August

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

SATURDAY 27th August

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 28th August

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