bluedot Festival

Following an inaugural event last summer packed with incredible performances from across the musical spectrum, spectacular scientific happenings and a mind-expanding programme of arts and culture, bluedot with Ovo Energy have revealed the first wave of its musical line-up including all three headliners; Orbital, Pixies, and ALT-J. Taking place 7th, 8th, and 9th July 2017 at Jodrell Bank, the Cheshire observatory, bluedot is a festival of discovery that promises to fuse a complex mix of artists, speakers, scientists and performers into an event unlike any on earth.

After a five-year hiatus Orbital – the originators of live dance music – are back and headlining bluedot in their only northern show of the summer.

Veteran alt rockers Pixies have an incredible career spanning more than three decades, and with a reputation for devastating live shows and a penchant for ufology, headlining bluedot seems the perfect fit.

Indie-artrock outfit Alt J are the final main stage headliner. Winning huge acclaim and a Mercury Prize for debut album, An Awesome Wave, a new album is now on the horizon. So expect some new material to be woven into their much-anticipated set.

Elsewhere on an already impressive bill, is alternative rock/electronic band, Soulwax performing with their full electronic live show, a UK festival exclusive from psych-swing revolutionaries, Ezra Furman and The Boyfriends, LA dream-pop four piece Warpaint, experimental Squarepusher project Shobaleader One, Mancunian synth-pop prodigy Shura, the legendary Andrew Weatherall, post-industrial duo Factory Floor, anarcho art-rockers Moonlandingz, electro-pop singer/songwriter Boxed In, ambient techno maestro Max Cooper with a performance of Emergence, Radiophonic Workshop, Whyte Horses Experience (with special guest TBA), psych chanteuse Jane Weaver, and cosmic Welshman Meilyr Jones.

Further support comes from Anna Meredith, Rival Consoles, The Comet Is Coming, Marc Riley DJ set, Space Cassette Takeover starring Henge, Age of Glass and Anchorsong, Flamingods, The Early Years, Plastic Mermaids, Goat Girl, Makeness, Ider, TVAM, Wovoka Gentle, Ethan & The Reformation, Girl Sweat Pleasure Temple Ritual Band, Horsebeach, Team Picture, and Algorave.

The full arts, culture, and science line-up will be announced in the coming months, but highlights include the brilliant best selling author Frank Cottrell-Boyce, and Tubular Brass; a newly formed brass band featuring some of the UK’s finest players, performing a full brass band score of Mike Oldfield’s multimillion-selling classic Tubular Bells.

bluedot 2016 Main Stage

A once in a lifetime opportunity for any Star Wars Fan, The Men Behind The Mask is being brought to this years festival. Expect an intriguing insight into the creation of one of the world’s most infamous villains, Darth Vader as Brian Muir, Ralph McQuire and the man inside the mask himself, David Prowse; who present the story and experience of Vader’s helmet. With screen presentations, panels and an interactive Q&A session, it’s one not to be missed!

In the shadow of the Lovell Telescope, one of the world’s most iconic research instruments, bluedot will explore the latest scientific discoveries from outer space and our planet. There will be talks from world-class scientists and thinkers, updates on climate change, and the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence, combined with an opportunity to ask the Big Questions of leading researchers. All backed up by a full family-friendly programme of hands-on science experiments and interactive shows.

Full weekend tickets and boutique camping will go on sale from today at 10am, Friday 3rd February 2017. Full weekend tickets start from a £149 outright cost or a set payment plan. More information can be found at:

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