The Connect Festival unveils its Speakeasy tent in association with The List

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Publish date: 28 July 2022

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The List has worked together with Connect to curate a variety of speakers and performances across the weekend

Prepare to be entertained by The List when you visit the Connect Festival next month. We've been hard at work collaborating with the team at the DF Concerts to put on a huge variety of acts at Connect's Speakeasy tent from Friday 26 August-Sunday 28 August, with a host of excellent comedians, speakers, podcasters and conversations throughout the weekend. 

Friday’s events in association with The List will begin with a conversation between The List writer Kevin Fullerton and pop music's up-and-comer LVRA, who'll discuss the recording of her debut album, winning the Scottish Album of Year’s Sound of Young Scotland Award, and how it felt to open the festival’s Guitars & Other Machines stage. 

Finishing Friday’s festivities at the Speakeasy Tent is Black Scot Pod, who'll record a special live edition of their hit podcast. Black Scot Pod was started after its hosts Shirley McPherson and Suzie Mwanza grew frustrated by the dearth of Black Scottish voices in the mainstream media, and has grown in popularity since its first episode in July 2020 thanks to a mixture of informative discussion on social issues and pop culture, and a dollop of A-grade banter. 

On Saturday, The List will present a conversation between Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite and The Twilight Sad’s James Graham, who’ll discuss their long music careers, their enduring friendship, and their main bands and side projects. Mogwai and The Twilight Sad will also take to the Grand Parade stage for live performances, on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Following Braithwaite and Graham at the Speakeasy will be everyone’s favourite Shetland comedian Marjolein Robertson, who’ll recite the story Hillswick Wedding, one of Shetland’s most well-known folk tales. The night will end with performance poet Leyla Josephine, who’ll treat audiences to a selection of her best-loved poems from her decade as an established figure in the slam poetry scene. 

Marjolein Robertson will recite a Shetland folk tale on Saturday

Sunday’s selection of List-associated performances at The Speakeasy Tent will begin with Canadian-born poet Alycia Pirmohamed. The winner of the CBC Literary Prize for poetry in 2019 and the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award in 2020 will share a selection of poetry from her books Hinge and Faces That Fled The Wind, as well as new work from her forthcoming book Another Way To Split Water. 

The List 's Megan Merino will then have a conversation with DJ and radio host Rebecca Vasmant, chatting about her career so far and her set at Connect. Capping off the evening is writer, rapper and political activist Darren McGarvey, who’ll discuss his latest book The Social Distance Between Us, a passionate exploration of the gap between politics and the lives of ordinary people. 

Rebecca Vasmant will be in discussion with The List's Megan Merino on Sunday

Beyond the events organised by The List, the Speakeasy tent will host a shedload of comedians and events. On Friday, expect a keynote speech from the mental health charity Tiny Changes, and comedy from Fern Brady, Sean McLoughlin, Mark Nelson, Katie Pritchard and Connor Burns. Saturday will see stand-up shows from Tom Cashman, Finlay Christie, Jenny Bede and Brennan Reece, while Sunday’s line-up includes Justin Moorhouse, Becky Lucas, Joe Wells, Troy Hawke and Jo Caulfield. On compèring duties is Connor Burns, Brennan Reece and Jo Caufield.

We're delighted to have helped arrange these performances. Hopefully we'll see you there. 

Connect Festival’s 2022 show dates:

Friday 26 August-Sunday 28 August – Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh

Tickets for the Connect Festival are on sale now. 

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