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Top festivals in Edinburgh this month: Connect, Party At The Palace and more

The top festivals in Edinburgh this month: Connect, Party At The Palace and more

Discover all the best live music, comedy and entertainment in Scotland's capital this August 2022

It might seem like this year's festival season is winding down after the big guns such as Glastonbury and BST have come and gone, but there's still a huge number of live music events waiting to kick off in the UK this summer, with Reading and Leeds Fest, Creamfields, South Facing and more still to come.

Edinburgh is the place to be for festival-hunters this month. As they do every year, the historic streets have transformed into bustling beacons of arts, culture and entertainment offering a vast number of music, comedy and theatre performances. Read on to find out what's happening in the Scottish capital and how you can get your hands on tickets.

Edinburgh Fringe

The Fringe has become synonymous with summertime in Edinburgh, and this year will mark the 75th anniversary of the renowned arts and culture experience. Spanning over three weeks, it kicks off on Friday 5 August and wraps up on Monday 29 August.

Countless performances - ranging from dance, comedy, theatre, opera, music, cabaret, circus and many more - will take place in venues all over the city, culminating in a huge celebration of the arts.

Head to our dedicated Edinburgh Festivals site to find out more.

Cinch Presents Edinburgh Summer Sessions

Against the stunning backdrop of Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh's Summer Sessions will run from Monday 7 August till Sunday 14 August and welcome some of the most influential names in music.

With a new act taking to the stage every day that week, ticket-holders will be treated to performances from Lionel Richie, Mercury Prize winner Michael Kiwanuka, soul legends Simply Red, the iconic Tom Jones as well as Simple Minds and Scotland's own Travis.

Party At The Palace

Offering an impressive line-up of Ocean Colour Scene, Del Amitri, The Human League, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Callum Beattie over Saturday 13 August and Sunday 14 August, Party At The Palace will take place in Linlithgow this month.

Connect Festival

On Friday 26 August to Sunday 28 August, a revamped version of the Connect Festival will take place in the Royal Highland Centre.

For the first year since the 2008 iteration of the festival, various stages will host the impressive line-up which boasts names such as The National, Massive Attack, The Twilight Sad, Bombay Bicycle Club and more.

As well as live music performances from industry heavyweights and grassroots acts, the weekend also promises artisanal food and drink as well as art installations, spoken word and visual performances.

Connect Music Festival

A small but intimate festival offering a variety of entertainment besides the usual music and DJs, including jesters, comedians and installations against the pleasing backdrop of Inveraray Castle.

Edinburgh Summer Sessions

Annual concert series taking place in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle at the Princes Garden's Ross Bandstand. The 2022 line-up includes Michael Kiwanuka, Simply Red, Tom Jones, Simple Minds and Travis.

Party at the Palace

After a sell-out 2022, Party at the Palace returns for 2023

Connect Music Festival – Saturday

DF Concerts Present Bringing you the very best music from global stars to local heroes, from grassroots to international, we are building a festival for you to discover and enjoy. But Connect is so much more than music. It’s wrapped in outstanding experiences: comedy, spoken word, debate, visual arts as well as…

Connect Music Festival – Friday

DF Concerts Present Bringing you the very best music from global stars to local heroes, from grassroots to international, we are building a festival for you to discover and enjoy. But Connect is so much more than music. It's wrapped in outstanding experiences: comedy, spoken word, debate, visual arts, as well as…

Connect Music Festival – Sunday

DF Concerts Present Bringing you the very best music from global stars to local heroes, from grassroots to international, we are building a festival for you to discover and enjoy. But Connect is so much more than music. It’s wrapped in outstanding experiences: comedy, spoken word, debate, visual arts as well as…