T in the Park organizers reveal plans to relaunch Connect music festival in 2022

DF Concerts will revive Connect, which was staged for just two years in the 2000s at Inveraray Castle, Argyll, in August.

They have promised that some of the “biggest names in the world” will perform when the festival resumes next summer.

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However, the promoters are keeping the venue and event lineup – which will also include comedy, jesters, visual arts, and food and drink producers – for now.

Beastie Boys, Franz Ferdinand, Björk, Mogwai, Teenage Fanclub, Jesus & Mary Chain, Kasabian, Goldfrapp, Eblow, Bloc Party, Paolo Nutini, Sigur Ros, Amy Macdonald and the Beastie Boys.

The 2022 version of Connect is billed as an “entirely new festival experience,” but DF said it will have “a lot of the qualities of its namesake” when it is staged next year.

DF Concerts has not hosted a camping festival since T in the Part last took place at Strathallan Castle, Perthshire, in 2016. However, it is not yet clear whether the restarted Connect will have any facilities. of camping.

DF Concerts chief executive Geoff Ellis previously said he would only host a new camping festival if it was “very different” from T in the Park, which launched in 1994.

The Connect Festival was previously held at Inveraray Castle, Argyll. Image: Jim Dyson

The official event website states, “Let go of all your worries, take a deep breath and join us for live music, adventure, wellness, and fabulous food and drink. It’s Connect.

An official announcement from DF Concerts regarding the return of the event said: “Connect 2022 is a whole new festival experience but retains many qualities of its namesake from 2007 and 2008. | Connect will feature top talent from the left, from the grassroots to the biggest names in the world.

“In addition to incredible music, there will be a multitude of unique, remarkable, alternative and truly entertaining experiences to immerse you in. will keep you entertained throughout the weekend, as well as culinary delights and handcrafted drinks from local artisans. More exciting news will follow soon. “

Connect was billed as an ‘grown-up’ festival for discerning music fans when it was launched in 2007 as part of a year-long celebration of Highland culture.

Thousands of music fans camped in the grounds of Inveraray Castle when Connect was once staged there. Image: Jim Dyson

When the event did not reappear in 2009, DF Concerts blamed a combination of the high running costs of running the event at the site as well as the impact of the financial crash of the previous year.

At the time of the 2009 cancellation, Mr Ellis said: “The combination of the extremely high costs incurred in running the festival and the fact that Connect’s audience is arguably more affected by the credit crunch than some other markets in festivals, means that it would be foolish of us to expect the growth necessary to help Connect thrive in 2009.

“Although our initial business plan was based on a loss of the event in its early stages, we would have anticipated an increase in the number of participants by the third year.

“However, based on the current financial climate, we know this will not be achievable.”

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