Edinburgh’s Connect Music Festival has announced its line-up for 2023, including headline sets from Scottish legends Primal Scream, dance star Fred again…, and indie-rock supergroup boygenius.
The boutique event will return to the capital’s Royal Highland Showgrounds this summer on August 25-27, with a mix of music, comedy, spoken word, food and wellness.
Additional camping space has been added following the success of the 2022 edition of the re-booted festival.
Primal Scream headline the opening night, presenting their hit album Screamadelica. They’re joined earlier in the day by fellow Scots Franz Ferdinand and sets from Future Islands, House Gospel Choir and Confidence Man.
Also taking to the stage on Friday are Jockstrap, Ethan P. Flynn, Humour, Kruder & Dorfmeister, David Holmes, and Glasgow-based Dija.
Grammy and Brit Award nominated DJ and producer Fred again.. will mark his third Scottish appearance by headlining Connect on the Saturday, joined by Edinburgh-natives Young Fathers.
Also on the bill are Róisín Murphy, MUNA, Kelly Lee Owens, Biig Piig and Free Love.
Friendly Fires, Rachel Chinouriri, TAAHLIA, Leith Ross, Terra Kinn, Redolent and L’Objectif also play across the stages.
There’s also Scottish dance music royality in iconic duo Optimo (Espacio), who have a huge loyal following after a years-long residency at Glasgow’s Sub Club. Eclair Fifi, Joy Anonymous, Sofay, J Wax, and Jamie Gunn complete Saturday’s line-up.
On the Sunday, American indie-rock supergroup boygenius – featuring Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus – will close out the festival. 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.
Sunday will also play host to Scots indie rock band Arab Strap, Beth Orton, Wunderhorse, Kamal, Katie Gregson-MacLeod, Panic Shackl and Louis Culture.
Daniel Avery, who recently launched his latest album Ultra Truth, electronic producer Mona Yim, Rory James, and Glasgow DJ Frankie Elyse will also be performing.
Katt Lingard, Festival Manager, said: “We’re delighted to announce our line-up 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.”
Tickets are available to purchase through pre-sale on the Connect Music Festival website from Thursday 2nd March, and will be on sale from Friday 3rd at 10am.
For more information on Connect Music Festival, visit connectmusicfestival.com
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