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.

Franz Ferdinand

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

Brighton Dome

Sun 25 Feb

£31.35 / 01273 709709

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Fri 23 Feb

£30.25 / 01223 357851

O2 Academy Birmingham

Tue 20 Feb

£30.75 / 0121 622 8250

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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

Mon 20 Aug


Forestry Commission: Thetford Forest & High Lodge Forest Centre, Brandon

Sun 10 Jun


Royal Albert Hall, London SW7

Sat 24 Mar

£44–£220 / 020 7589 8212

Manic Street Preachers

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

Birmingham Arena

Fri 27 Apr

prices vary / 0871 945 6000

First Direct Arena, Leeds

Wed 2 May

£37.70–£48.70 / 0844 248 1585

Manchester Arena

Sat 28 Apr

£37.70–£48.70 / 0844 847 8000

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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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