bluedot festival of discovery set for first year of festivities

bluedot is a brand new three-day festival of discovery, taking place 22-24 July at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre – near our Cheshire glamping abode – which is the observatory in the North West of the country at the heart of humanity’s quest for knowledge.

The line-up for bluedot Festival in Cheshire 2016

In its maiden year, there’s set to be a strong music billing, including a UK festival exclusive in the form of the legendary Jean-Michel Jarre. Jarre is distinguished not only for his revolutionary electronic compositions that helped an entire genre evolve, he also helped the evolution of a generation of experimentalists.


Those who aren’t familiar with Jean-Michel Jarre’s live performances can expect not only an incredible live performance in terms of music, but also visually, with laser, light, and pyrotechnic displays. These amazing scenes have been viewed at world-renowned locations, such as the Pyramids of Giza and the Eiffel Tower!


Festival-goers will be accompanied by the monumental backdrop of the giant Lovell radio telescope, which will provide a focal point for the other headliners at the event.


Further headliners will be psych-electronica pioneers Caribou, and arguably one of the most influential British bands of the last three decades, none other than Underworld.


Joining the billing will be a variety of other artists making history on the events first ever line up: electro-rock darlings Everything Everything, neo-psychedelic titans Mercury Rev, folk experimentalist Steve Mason, art-rock archivists Public Service Broadcasting, post math-rock instrumentalists 65daysofstatic, genre-transcending indie rockers British Sea Power and Californian space-rock adventurers Moon Duo.


Come the evening there will be a musical feast for your ears provided by Erol Alkan, famous turntablist DJ Yoda, and Hessle Audio founder, Ben UFO, amongst the further array of top talent to keep the festival masses entertained.


Radio 4 will be in attendance recording an episode at the festival with The Infinite Monkey Cage, hosted by Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince. Their cheeky and habitually comical insight into some of science’s biggest questions is sure to entertain and explain in what’s sure to be a firm highlight of the festival.


There’s set to be a packed weekend of scientific, literary and arts talent on offer for all festival-goers to enjoy and interact with across five distinct arenas. These arenas will be made up of space orchestras, comedy and debates, talks, screenings, and lectures. Additionally, attendees can see a vast spectrum of hands-on activities including the Luminarium, art installations, robot workshops, a planetarium, the Galaxy Garden, pulsar hunting, graphene making classes and much more.


Festival Director Ben Robinson said: “bluedot is a brand new festival with a mandate to deliver a festival like nothing else on earth with a stellar programme of music, science, art, film and technology.


bluedot is supported by the UK Space Agency and the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), Europe’s largest interdisciplinary science meeting taking place for the first time in Manchester 23-27 July 2016.


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