Franz Ferdinand, Kasabian and Manics announced for Connect

  • 3 April 2008

This article is from 2008.

The line-up for this year’s Connect festival has been announced with Franz Ferdinand, Manic Street Preachers and Kasabian headlining the three-day shindig at Inveraray Castle, Argyll.

The festival, now in its second year, takes place over 29-31 August and has been re-christened the Hydro Connect Music Festival to reflect new sponsors Scottish Hydro Electric, the UK’s leading producer of renewable energy.

The bill so far includes Sigur Ros, Goldfrapp, Spiritualized, Mercury Rev, The Gossip, The Breeders, Paolo Nutini, Elbow, The Roots, Amy MacDonald, Nick Cave’s Grinderman, The Coral, The Levellers, Sia, Duffy and Camera Obscura with more to be announced in the coming weeks.

The likes of Vegas and Club Noir will be hosting club nights in the Unknown Pleasures Tent while the Circuses and Bread Field -- one of the real innovations of last year’s event -- will be bringing a selection of the finest food and drink from around Argyll for the festival goers. There will also be bespoke camping options and spa facilities on offer.

Tickets go on sale Friday 4 April priced £120 for weekend tickets and £140 with camping. Visit for more details.


The lairy indie combo have headlined T in the Park and Glastonbury with their tried-and-tested piledriving electro-rock anthems.

Custom House Square, Belfast

Tue 22 Aug


Manic Street Preachers

The anthemic Welsh rockers return to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Everything Must Go.

Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sat 5 Aug

£44 / 01912 438210

Part of Live from Times Square.

Franz Ferdinand

The all-conquering, foot-stomping, guitar-jangling foursome return with a new album Right Words, Right Thoughts, Right Action.


1. Brenda3 Apr 2008, 3:20pm Report

Looks great, really looking forward to seeing Sigur Ros in such a gorgeous setting!

2. Ali4 Apr 2008, 4:10pm Report

Great line up again and will be amazing if the weather holds out (was more a mud-fest than a boutique-fest last year!)... I won't be camping after year's experience but hope for everybody's sake they'll be a bit better organised this time around...

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