Brand new Bluedot Festival launches with Jean-Michel Jarre, Underworld & Caribou as headliners
New 3 day festival Bluedot at Jodrell Bank, Cheshire announced its musical line-up including Everything Everything, Public Service Broadcasting, Mercury Rev, Steve Mason & and more including BBC Radio 4 programme, The Infinite Monkey Cage with Prof. Brian Cox and Robin Ince to be recorded live at the festival.
Taking place 22-24 July Bluedot fuses a complex mix of artists, speakers, scientists and performers into an event unlike any other.
Heading the music bill with a UK festival exclusive is the legendary Jean-Michel Jarre, renowned not only for his revolutionary electronic compositions but his incredible live performances that push the very limits of light, laser and pyrotechnic technology, during his performances at some of the world’s most iconic locations from the Pyramids of Giza to the Eiffel Tower. Supporting Jean-Michel will be Air, a French electronica group whose work is described as psychedelic and cinematic, the perfect compliment to Jarre.
Also headlining are psych-electronica pioneers Caribou, one of the most influential British bands of the last three decades – Underworld Dj Yoda and BBC Radio 6 Marc Riley.
Created by From the Fields – the team behind Kendal Calling, Forgotten Fields and Live from Jodrell Bank – and the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Bluedot promises to be something new and very different. Take for instance the Orbit Stage, Be play One is a unique, mesmerising live collaboration between an artist, a scientist and 40,000 real life bees! Inspired by the plight of the honeybee it was described by The Guardian as a brilliant ‘transcendental drone symphony between man and bee’.
Festival director Ben Robinson says: “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. Securing an amazing line-up like this in our first year is a massive coup – but Bluedot isn’t just about the music, having The Infinite Monkey Cage at the festival with Brian and Robin is going to be a real highlight. We have a lot more still to announce including our full science and culture programme and some more big name acts that we feel will really fit the ethos of what we are trying to achieve with Bluedot – a forum where music, science and the arts can really come together.”
A full science and culture programme will be announced in the coming weeks but attendees can expect an incredible array of talent from across the scientific, literary and arts communities with five distinct arenas featuring space orchestras, talks, screenings, lectures, comedy and debates and 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. Families will also be well catered for at bluedot with a fun-filled line-up of contemporary and classic entertainment. Whistling hello this summer is BAFTA award winning TV show Clangers, kids and big kids alike will be treated to swanee whistles, storytelling, guest appearances and a few surprises…
Bluedot is one festival I have to visit this year!
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.
For those wishing to enjoy the three-day festival, a diverse mix of culinary options will be on offer along with standard and luxury camping options.
Full weekend camping and day tickets go on sale on Wedensday 16 March at 9am. Weekend tickets start at £119 and day tickets start from £35. The full schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.
More information can be found at: Discoverthebluedot