Reflecting On The Weekend

Headliners playing secret sets, early morning ice baths, intimate Speakeasy talks with fascinating people and so much more. This weekend was stunning from start to finish. Let’s take a look back…

Day 1 included a blinding secret set from Mercury nominees Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler, a raucous Grand Parade set from IDLES, a mesmerising performance from headliner Jon Hopkins plus Joesef, and CMAT to name a few. Down in The Meadow, Optimo (Espacio) had the Unknown Pleasures crowd bouncing. The Speakeasy tent provided a cosy shelter to enjoy entertainment from the likes of Black Scot Pod where the crowd descended into fits of laughter and tears as host Suzie and Shirley shared hilarious, and at times emotional, anecdotes of their experiences growing up as black women in Scotland.

Saturday brought the sun and a sea of people eager to get involved in the Connect experience. From award-winning headliners to homegrown talent, Saturday had the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Bonobo, The Twilight Sad, Holly Humberstone, Lucia & The Best Boys to name a few.  It also saw the launch of the Chef’s Table, where Chef Barry Bryson masterfully took fine dining triumph to an event level - pairing classic Scottish flavours with contemporary flare. Alongside this, leading experts, Natalie Valenti, Cat Boyle and Mika Benjamin transported Connect fans into tranquillity through their wellness activities. Headliners, The Chemical Brothers left the crowd in a state of euphoria after putting on a genuinely mind-blowing performance. Yells of ‘Don’t Hold Back’, ruptured as an encore of ‘Galvanise’ boomed with a shower of balloons falling as the first note hit, it was a great way to see out Saturday at Connect. 

Sunday brought yet another eclectic line up of musical talent, comedy, spoken word and wellness. The weather was once again in our favour, and festival goers were able to enjoy performances from some of the greatest leftfield talent. From Self Esteem’s powerhouse vocals and choreography, Little Simz immaculate flow to Bombay Bicycle Club’s ability to get the crowd dancing, there was a great sense of feel good and fun throughout the whole day. Perhaps the most special moment of Sunday - and arguably of the whole weekend - was when our headliners, The National surprised an unexpected audience with a set at the Tiny Changes x Gardeners Cottage in honour of the late Scott Hutchison. With roaring applause, the band spoke of the importance of the charity how much Scott meant to them all, with inevitable tears and cheers from the audience. It was truly something special.

We are very excited to announce that Connect Festival will return in 2023 from 25th-27th August 2023. Don’t miss the chance to experience Connect and its wild eclecticism, from headliners and grassroots talent to the culinary delight of the Chef’s Table, and the sense of calming escapism found at the Rest and be Thankful.

Pre-sale is available to past buyers and those on the Connect mailing list from 9am Wednesday 31st August and general sale will commence 9am Friday 2nd September. Tickets available to purchase via www.connectmusicfestival.com.



Reconnect with us in 2023.