IN THE days following the return of Connect, organisers will have been struck with the urge to recite a particular line from Oasis' iconic Hello.

The event first took place in 2007 and followed up the same year only to then withdraw from the calendar.

But, as the pandemic-era came to a close, its revival was put at the forefront and a new home was found adjacent to Edinburgh airport.

Three days, four stages and dozens of acts and a sprinkling of summer sun on the last weekend of August 2022 – Connect Festival was back.

Headliners came in the form of Idols, The Chemical Brothers and The National, with the likes of Mogwai, Little Simz, Bombay Bicycle Club and Idlewild also performing.

In addition, a likely list of the next generation of stars littered the event with Swim School, The Joy Hotel, Lucia & The Best Boys, Walt Disco, Lizzie Reid and others on stage.

The setting itself – The Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston – was ideal. The infrastructure for large-scale events was already in place, though the issue of post-show transport was flagged by many festival-goers.

Long queues for food might also have been avoided by inviting additional caterers on site, but the selection itself was on point.

It is also not often that Scottish festivals come with permanent toilet blocks with full plumbing, another major bonus point for Connect.

Placing the lively Secret Pleasures stage in such close proximity to the incredibly-chill Tiny Changes x Gardener's Cottage stage was also a bit of a frustration – the latter being a bit of a gem for the festival, despite some tender moments spoiled by the fare a stone's throw away.

Highlights of the festival would likely include Mogwai, Swim School and Hamish Hawke but a special mention should be given to Idlewild as they performed their iconic album The Remote Part in sequence to close the second stage on the Sunday.

The VIP section was impressive, offering great views of the main stage, its own bar, chill-out space, food trucks and toilets.

The x by Glenmorangie Lounge was also a bit of a diamond, offering a relaxed area to enjoy a few cocktails near to the Guitars and Other Machines stage. Well worth a visit for those thinking of heading along next time around.

Speaking of which, tickets are already on sale for Connect Festival 2023, which is scheduled to take place on August 25-27.

No doubt the organisers are still humming that same crescendo – and despite a few bumps in the road, for Connect, it's good to be back.