Connect supports artistic talent of all kinds, welcoming all that’s freshest, finest and funniest in poetry, comedy and the spoken word. Give your dancing feet a rest and try some alternative stimulation at the Speakeasy in collaboration with The List.
Ahead of their headline slot on Unknown Pleasures on Friday, the Speakeasy will welcome the DJ duo Slam, who defined an era of Scottish techno music. Slam will be in conversation with The List on their rise and memories of TITP’s iconic Slam Tent.
Guaranteed laughs will be delivered on the Friday by award-winning stand-up comedian Ian Smith, known for his BBC Radio 4 comedy documentary ‘Girl Stuck in Basketball Hoop’, followed by Glasgow-local and TikTok sensation Stephen Buchanan and Joe Wells, who is no stranger to the comedy circuit and Joe Wells.
Friday’s headliner Susan Riddell is on to watch in Scotland’s comedy scene, she’ll be taking to the stage after supporting Fern Brady and Ardal O’Hanlon on tour.
On Saturday, fans of TAAHLIAH, one of Scotland’s rising stars in dance and electronica, can hear her take on the contemporary Scottish dance music scene and the unique appeal of club spaces as she is in conversation with Frankie Elyse co-founder of Polka Dot Disco Club.
Carl Donnolly will be taking to the stage, along with Jarred Christmas and Gareth Mutch. Jack Skipper, who has more than 200,000 followers on Instagram will also be performing, followed by Hal Cruttenden, known for stand up appearances on Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You, The Royal Variety Performance and Would I Lie To You.
Glasgow Collective, Anoraq, will bring their unique blend of spoken work and vocal melodies to the stage, creating sonic environments that reflect boundaries, rhythms and languages.
Exploring the high and lows of partying with special guests, the Out, Out! Podcast, will also be recording a live episode. Presenters Aarti Joshi and Laura Boyd will be joined by comedian Paul Black, chef Julie Lin and director/ producer Hannah Currie who will delve into their past nights out.
The laughter won’t stop on Sunday, with performances from Connor Burns, Matt Bragg and Sharon Wanjohi. Dan Tiernan, who won British Comedian of the Year with his high energy performance, will be taking to the stage along with Lost Voice Guy, who rose to fame after winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2018.
The List will be sitting down with Katie Gregson-MacLeod, Inverness’ TikTok viral sensation as part of their ‘In Conversation’ series. She’ll be sharing the story behind her meteoric rise and how her single ‘Complex’ sparked a journey to signing with Columbia records.