Franz Ferdinand, Kasabian and Manics announced for Connect

  • 3 April 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.

Manic Street Preachers

The anthemic Welsh rockers return with new album Resistance is Futile.

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Tue 14 May

£43.45 / 01223 357851

Cardiff Castle

Sat 29 Jun

£43.45 / 029 2087 8100

De Montfort Hall, Leicester

Fri 31 May

£43.45 / 0116 233 3111

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Franz Ferdinand

The all-conquering, foot-stomping, guitar-jangling quintet tour new album Always Ascending.


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


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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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