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Franz to star at Connect festival

Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand will be among the headliners

Franz Ferdinand, Kasabian and the Manic Street Preachers are to play this year's Hydro Connect festival.

The festival, which is targeted at more mature music fans, will be held in the grounds of Inveraray Castle in Argyll.

Connect is the brainchild of the organisers of T in the Park, who felt that many fans had outgrown the original festival.

Fans will be offered porridge, salmon and malt whisky instead of the usual beer and burgers.

There will also be a spa and a champagne tent.

Tickets for the festival, which takes place from 29 to 31 August, will go on sale on Friday.

Festival organiser Geoff Ellis said: "Hydro Connect is about offering music fans a totally different festival experience.

"Last year's festival was the realisation of something I wanted to do since I first saw the grounds at Inveraray Castle.

"It is by far the most spectacular festival site I have ever seen in the UK and beyond and the line-up, combined with the local produce and some really exciting alternative entertainment, makes it the perfect way for music fans to end the summer."


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