Scots rock legends Primal Scream will headline the opening night of Connect Musical Festival this August at the Royal Highland Showgrounds.
They will be joined joined by Franz Ferdinand, American four-piece Future Islands, House Gospel Choir, indie-electronic-pop group Confidence Man, along with London-based duo Jockstrap, Ethan P. Flynn, Glasgow punks Humour, Austrian duo Kruder & Dorfmeister, plus Irish selector David Homes, and Glasgow-local Dija.
Headlining Saturday 26th August will be Fred again.., marking his third Scottish appearance. He'll be joined by Edinburgh-natives Young Fathers, Irish singer-songwriter Roisin Murphy, indie pop band MUNA, electronic musician Kelly Lee Owens, Biig Piig plus Free Love. English indie band, Rachel Chinouriri, TAAHLIAH, Leith Ross, Terra Kinn, Edinburgh-based experimental band, Redolent, and L’Objectif will also be treating revellers to their music.
Also lined up are iconic duo Optimo (Espacio), who have built a loyal following after a years-long residency at Glasgow’s Sub Club, Eclair Fifi, Sofay, Joy (Anonymous), J Wax, and Jamie Gunn.
The 3-day fest will wrap on Sunday 27th August, with American indie-rock supergroup boygenius featuring Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus. London hip hop artist Loyle Carner will also be headlining, after his recent album ‘Hugo’ launched at the end of last year.
Along with Sunday’s headliners, Raye, Public Service Broadcasting, English rock band Lightning Seeds, Olivia Dean and Christian Lee Huston will take to the stage.
Other acts lined up for the Sunday are Scots indie rock band Arab Strap, ‘folktronica’ artist Beth Orton, Wunderhorse, Kamal., Katie Gregson-MacLeod and playing a secret set at the festival in 2022, Panic Shack and Louis Culture, Daniel Avery, who recently launched his latest album ‘Ultra Truth’, electronic producer Mona Yim (DJ Set), Rory James, and Glasgow DJ Frankie Elyse will also be performing.
Expanded camping area
Connect returns for its second Edinburgh festival with an expanded camping area, allowing festival-goers to bring their own tent, along with "boutique" and pre-pitched tents and an area for live-in vehicles.
This year, will open up to families with festival tickets for kids from 0-12 and a programme of children’s activities, to be announced.
Connect 2023 will also include an eclectic array comedy, spoken word and wellness.
Tickets, for one, two or three days (£67.50, £125, £169), go on sale on Friday 3rd of March, available from Connect.