bluedot taking place 7th-9th July 2017 at Jodrell Bank, has revealed two surprise special guests for this years festival including brand new Mancunian group Rogue Emperor, and pioneering dance act, Leftfield – presented by Amazon Music – who will be opening the Orbit stage at 6pm on Friday’s opening night.

Leftfield, one of electronic music’s all time greatest acts have recently released Leftism 22, a special reissue of their seminal debut album Leftism and have just completed a sold out UK tour where Leftfield (now led solely by Neil Barnes) performed the record in full.

Neil Barnes, of Leftfield said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be performing at bluedot festival. I love Jodrell Bank and I can’t quite believe we’re going to play a gig there. We can’t wait.”

The festival also announced an exclusive performance by Rogue Emperor. The band is a collaboration between ex-Elbow drummer Richard Jupp and Martin Rebelski, Doves keyboard player. The pair are joined by 1,2,3,4’s guitarist Mike TV – who can often be found backing Badly Drawn Boy live – and Ollie Collins the renowned session bassist. Together the four-piece have years of live and studio work between them.

Richard Jupp of Rogue Emperor said: “Make no mistake, this is dance music. It’s designed for the dancefloor – its electronic but with our own take on it. It’s a seriously big sound and we can’t wait to play it live to an audience. We were all at bluedot last year, and straight away agreed it would be the perfect place to play for the first time. I think we’re going to blow some minds there this year!

Joining to an already impressive music line-up that features Pixies, Orbital, Alt-J and many more, the Leftfield performance – presented by Amazon Music – will open Friday’s Orbit Stage performing their seminal debut album Leftism in full. Rogue Emperor will play at bluedot on Sunday, 10pm on the Nebula Stage.

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