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If you’re attending the event with someone under 15 years old, we strongly recommend that you register your contact details via our guardianship process and take the guardianship form to our event welfare team on arrival.  The young person will be provided with a wristband which helps to identify them and reunite you in the unfortunate event that you should become separated. The form will be available here to complete soon 

The location of the welfare team will be available on the event map nearer to the event. 


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Connect Festival takes place at The Royal Highland Showgrounds, located to the West of Edinburgh City Centre.

Venue Address:
Royal Highland Centre
EH28 8NB


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(Please note all times are subject to change) 

Opening Times


Campsite Check In:

Friday 14:00 - 22:00

Saturday: 09:00 – 22:00  

Sunday: 09:00 – 22:00 


Friday 14:00 - Monday 11:00 



Friday: 16:00 - 23:00

Saturday: 10:00 - 23:00

Sunday: 10:00 - 23:00



Friday: 16:00 – 23:00

Saturday: 12:00 – 23:00 

Sunday: 12:00 – 23:00  


Last Entry:

Friday: 21:30

Saturday:  21:30

Sunday: 21:30

Car Parks:

Friday: 12:00 - 00:00

Saturday: 09:00 - 00:00

Sunday: 09:00 - 00:00



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People of all ages are welcome at Connect.  

Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult over 25 (1 adult minimum per 2 persons aged 0-17 years old). 

Persons aged 0-12 must purchase a Child Ticket.

Anyone aged 13 and above must purchase a General Admission or VIP Ticket.  

Child Tickets can only be purchased when purchasing a General Admission or VIP Ticket. 

Parental or supervisory duty of care and liability of those under 18 at the event is that of the accompanying adult over 25. 

If you are attending with someone under 18 years old, we would encourage you to register with our guardianship form.

If you’re lucky enough to look under 25, you may be asked for proof of age at the gates, so please bring acceptable valid photographic ID. Access to Bars is restricted to persons 18 and over.  

A challenge 25 policy will be in operation at the event, and you may be asked for proof of age.  


You must bring valid and current photographic ID with you. The following types of ID are acceptable at the festival:

  • ​​Current UK or Overseas Driving Licence
  • Current UK or Overseas Passport
  • UK only 18+ PASS scheme card
  • Young Scot Card with PASS hologram
  • Ireland Age Card
  • Overseas Only Valid National ID card
  • Forces ID Card

This is in line with the national Challenge 25 policy.  
Note: Photocopies of ID and expired Passports do not count as valid ID. Anyone found in possession of Fake ID will be refused entry. The ID will be confiscated and passed to Police Scotland.  


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The Essentials Guide has all the information you will need to make your Connect experience tailored to you. You’ll find advice on travelling to and from the festival, what you can bring with you, the ever-important site map to guide you around the site, and many other vital details.

Check out the complete Essentials Guide here.



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You can download the site map here


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We reserve the right to search all customers on entry to help us deliver a safe and secure event. 

Only bags under A3 paper size are permitted however, please only bring essential items as bags will be subject to further search.

We do not issue wristbands other than to Campers and VIPs so, please have your ticket with you at all times. 

Campers will receive their wristbands at the Campsite Reception. 


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Nitrous Oxide and any associated equipment (Balloons, Co2 dispensers, cream dispensers) NO NO
Oversized Lighters NO NO
Perfume in small bottles under 100ml YES YES
Petrol Burners NO NO
Selfie Sticks NO YES
Small hammers for pitching tents NO NO
Sound systems NO NO
Tin Openers NO YES
Umbrellas YES YES
Unidentifiable Substances NO NO
Solid Fuel / Hexi Stoves  NO YES
Meth Stoves Including Fuel NO  YES
Green Base Camp Cooker NO YES
Heat based Camp Cooker NO YES
Gel Stoves NO YES
Firelighter Stoves NO YES
Gas Stoves (Canisters < 2.75kg) NO YES
Reusable water bottle (max. 1 litre, no glass) YES YES
Disposable single use vapes NO NO

Please refer to our full prohibited items lists here before attending the event. 

Bringing prohibited items will delay your entry to site, and confiscated items cannot be returned after the event. 

Persons suspected of carrying items that may be used in an offensive or dangerous manner or carrying out illegal activities onsite may be searched.  


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Click below to view our Event Terms & Conditions. 

Click below to view our Special Event Conditions. 

Click below to view our Camping Terms & Conditions.




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We operate a zero tolerance policy towards bullying, harassment of any form and discriminatory behaviour. If you are concerned or uncomfortable while at the festival, but don’t feel you need medical attention, visit Welfare. This is a safe space where the expert team are here to help even if all you need is a cup of tea, some charge in your phone and a sit down. 



When you are out of your normal routine, it is important to eat, stay hydrated and look after yourself. There are lots of free drinking water stations throughout the site and at every bar, so make sure you keep a refillable bottle with you and stay topped up. 



Exposure to prolonged loud music can damage your hearing; ear plugs are available on request from Welfare or the Security team at all stages. Feel free to ask for them, to protect your ears for years to come.


Alcohol & Drugs


Alcohol within the Arena

Be careful with alcohol over the weekend. Try to avoid getting too intoxicated as you can lose control or make unsafe decisions. It goes without saying that alcohol and other drugs can impair your judgement. We encourage you to be honest with the Medics and Welfare Team so that they know how best to help you. 

We want everyone to have a great time at Connect in the safest way possible. Please enjoy the range of food and beverage on site, and please drink responsibly. Free drinking water is available at every bar and throughout the site at designated water points. Food and drinks, including alcohol, may not be brought into the Festival Arena (with the exception of baby food/milk) A Challenge 25 policy will be in place for all alcohol sales on site. If you look under 25, you will need a valid photo ID to be served alcohol.

Alcohol within the Campsite

Alcohol brought to the festival must comply with event regulations - anyone aged 18 and over can bring in limited amounts and types of alcohol. You may be asked for proof of age. Strictly no glass is permitted. Alcohol will only be permitted on first entry to the campsite. You will not be able to exit and re-enter with more alcohol. Limits are in place in order to comply with our responsibility to promote responsible alcohol consumption on site. Personal Alcohol cannot be brought into the Arena, it will be on sale at Festival Bars subject to the ‘Challenge 25’ policy in place. Connect Festival reserve the right to confiscate any alcohol we deem not to be appropriate for the customer in question.


Quantity Per Person

Up to 24 x 330ml cans of beer/lager/cider or similar


18 x 440ml cans of beer/lager/cider


2 Bottles of Wine (up to 75cl – must be decanted - no glass)



Connect has a zero-tolerance drug policy. Any illegal drugs will be confiscated and the Police Scotland will be notified. New psychoactive substances, Poppers, and Nitrous Oxide are also strictly prohibited and may result in ejection from the event. We really want all our festival-goers to stay safe at this year’s festival. Please don’t take any risks. If you or any of your friends are feeling unwell you can visit our on-site welfare team who will be able to help you.


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Any lost or found property should be taken to, or collected from our Welfare Hub, situated in The Grand Parade Field. Any lost property not collected by the end of the event will be handed to Police Scotland a few days after the event. Please contact Police Scotland on 101 for further information. 


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At Connect we aim to create an event that’s truly accessible, equal, diverse, and inclusive for all.

We are committed to creating a festival that welcomes everyone from all backgrounds whether they are fans, artists, performers, or staff. We believe that our festival is a place where everyone can feel confident, included, safe and represented and we are dedicated to having inclusivity at the heart of the festival.

For more information on our approach to Diversity and Inclusion at Connect please click here.

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