Phase two of artists announced for Connect Music Festival 2022

The weekend’s festivities will take place across 3 stages; The Grand Parade where guests can expect to get up close to the biggest names in music, Guitars & Other Machines which is a space for up-and-coming, grassroots artists and your favourites of the future, plus a few heroes in there too, and finally the Unknown Pleasures stage which invites fans to explore their adventurous side with a programme of electronic music, comedy and cabaret.


Festival favourites, IDLES will headline the Grand Parade stage Friday 26th August, fresh from their high-octane set at this year’s Coachella festival which was named one of the top memorable moments by Rolling Stone magazine.

Joining IDLES on the Grand Parade stage on Friday are acts including Jon Hopkins plus newly announced Jessie Buckley and Bernard Butler. Oscar-nominated Buckley, and guitarist and producer Butler were brought together in 2020, and since then having been working on their debut album ‘For All our Days that Tear the Heart’ which is out next month. Connect fans will have the privilege of being some of the first in the world to see the duo perform this highly anticipated release.

Rising star Holly Humberstone has just been added to the bill for Grand Parade stage on Saturday 27th August, performing alongside fellow Brit legends The Chemical Brothers, Bonobo and The Twilight Sad. The “London is Lonely” singer, who is currently supporting Olivia Rodrigo on her “Sour” tour, fuses warm acoustic sounds with dark electronic twists to create uniquely honest music that is guaranteed to steal festival-goers' attention.

As supporters of music at every level, we have curated a weekend of sounds on the Guitars & Other Machines stage which celebrates artists at every point of their musical journey. Home-grown sensation Joesef has just been announced to headline on Friday 26th August. Earmarked as an artist to watch by the BBC Sound of 2020 poll, Joesef’s set at Connect this summer will be a show-stopping performance that will undoubtedly justify the hype surrounding him. 

Joining Joesef on Friday 26th August are new additions Lyra and Jealous of the Birds. Lyra is fresh off her tour supporting Dermot Kennedy and fans can expect the perfect blend of dark electronic pop. Jealous of the Birds, the musical moniker of Naomi Hamilton, is set to take festival goers on a musical journey exploring the space between naivety and experience. 

Brighton six-piece Opus Kink will open Guitars & Other Machines on Saturday 27th August, branded “barnstorming” and “infectious” by BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq. Following them are Galway group NewDad who, having recently released their second EP “Banshee”, will wow the Connect audience with music inspired by their love of The Cure, Pixies, and Slowdive. They’ll join acts including RIDE playing Nowhere and LOW, for a Saturday guaranteed to introduce fans to some of the best new sounds around.

The Unknown Pleasures Stage invites fans to explore their adventurous side with a programme of electronic music, comedy and cabaret. Kicking off the weekend on Friday 26th August are Pocket followed by TAAHLIAH. They’ll get the party started alongside new addition India Jordan, and Irish DJ Hammer, and global DJ duo Optimo (Espacio).  

Saturday’s party (Saturday 27th August) will start with a bang with the additions Nadia Summer B2B Dija and Push It followed by Dance System later in the day. Erol Alkan is set to close the stage on its penultimate evening with his electric-and-eclectic beats.

The final day (Sunday 28th August) on the Unknown Pleasures stage has some incredible additions including Karma Kid kicking off the day, plus Barry Can’t Swim and Sam Gellaitry. This team will keep the party going alongside closing act, and floor fillers Horse Meat Disco.

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 here

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The world famous, Glastonbury festival took place over the weekend after having to postpone in both 2020 and 2021. With an incredibly stellar line up, we want to take a look back on some of our own Connect artists at the festival to give you a feel of what’s to come in August.


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