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Connect Festival to return, Dundee to host first Summer Sessions event

DF Concerts, the Glasgow-based promoter owned by Live Nation Entertainment, is reintroducing Connect Festival, which had an original run in 2007 and 2008. 

The promoter also said that Dundee will also host its Summer Sessions festival next year for the first time, with an event still to be held in Edinburgh. 

Connect Festival originally took place at Inveraray Castle in western Scotland and had a 20,000 capacity. However, it was cancelled due to its high running costs and the effects of the global financial crisis. 

An official announcement from DF Concerts to The Scotsman, on the return of the Connect event, said: “Connect 2022 is an entirely new festival experience, but retains many of the qualities of its namesake from 2007 and 2008. 

“Connect will feature the best in left-field talent from grassroots through to the biggest names in the world. In addition to amazing music there will be a wealth of unique, remarkable, alternative and truly entertaining experiences to immerse yourself in. 

“There will be a plethora of bands, DJs, artists, performers, comedians, jesters, visual arts and installations that will be keeping you amused throughout the weekend as well as culinary delights and crafted drinks from local artisans. More exciting news to follow soon.”

While there has been no update on where the Connect Festival will be held and who will be heading, DF Concerts-promoted Summer Sessions in Dundee has announced its first headlining act. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds supported by Inhaler will perform on June 11 at Slessor Gardens. 

Geoff Ellis, chief executive of DF Concerts, said: “We are delighted to bring some incredible music to Dundee. We are excited and extremely proud to announce Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds as the first ever headliner for Dundee Summer Sessions and we could not wish for a more iconic artist to launch the festival. 

“Dundee is a city full of energy, creativity and ambition and so provides a perfect home for Summer Sessions and the quality of artists that will come to play the festival.”