bluedot Festival – 21-24 July 2022
bluedot festival has revealed its first wave of artists for 2022, with Björk, Groove Armada, Hannah Peel, Mogwai and Metronomy headlining the fifth year of the award-winning music, science and culture event at Cheshire’s iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory. Tickets go on sale on Friday 4 February at 10am.
Bluedot’s now traditional Thursday Opening Concert will be headlined with a special, collaborative performance between the Mercury-nominated Hannah Peel and Paraorchestra, of their The Unfolding project.
The Friday night will see Groove Armada open bluedot 2022 with a party, on what is to be the band’s final live tour. Scottish post-rockers Mogwai will headline Saturday night, co-headlining with Metronomy.
An exclusive set by legendary Björk will close the Festival with a special performance alongside Manchester’s Halle Orchestra featuring incredible projections on the Lovell Telescope. This will be the first-time bluedot has seen the dish of the 76-metre-wide Lovell Telescope surface transformed into a gigantic digital artwork.
Other confirmed music acts include Spiritualized, Yard Act, Squarepusher, Anna Meredith, A Certain Ratio and Tim Burgess, and techno producer and creator of the official theme for the 2023 Women’s World Cup Kelly Lee Owens. Other highlights include India Jordan, A Guy Called Gerald, Sofia Kourtesis and BBC Asian Network’s Manara.
bluedot has also announced the first headline names from its science programme including host of Radio 4’s The Life Scientific Professor Jim Al-Khalili, British historian and filmmaker David Olusoga, leading space scientist Monica Grady, and astrophysicist and host of BBC’s The Sky at Night Chris Lintott. Physicist Jess Wade will also be at Jodrell Bank with geoscientist Chris Jackson, Met Office’s Richard Betts, director of Tyndall Centre Carly McLachlan, ecotricity founder Dale Vince, immunologist Sheena Cruickshank, evolutionary psychologist Gilly Forrester, planetary scientist Sarah Crowther and iconic cultural broadcaster and writer Jon Savage.
Included in bluedot’s culture line-up are comedian, writer and director Stewart Lee, podcaster and writer Adam Buxton with a live version of his hit comedy series BUG, plus stand-up performances from Desiree Burch, Olga Koch, Shrill Lolly Adefope, Cosmic Shambles creator Robin Ince, Rob Rouse and Ahir Shah, plus live podcasts including new Scientist and the bluedot podcast with Chris Hawkins.
Kids will also be kept entertained by Wallace & Gromit creators Aardman Animations and Clangers, plus a huge range of science-focused activities, workshops and live experiments across the Star Fields.
“After two years away we are thrilled to be able to return with such a unique and diverse line up to the iconic Jodrell Bank for the fifth instalment of bluedot. We can’t wait for people to join us beneath the Lovell Telescope in July to experience four days of cosmic adventures which will close with a very special orchestral performance from Björk and The Hallé.” (Festival director Ben Robinson)