The inaugural bluedot Festival launches with Jean-Michel Jarre,
Underworld & Caribou as headliners…

bluedot is a brand new three-day festival of discovery that promises to fuse a complex mix of artists, speakers, scientists and performers into an event unlike any on earth.

Today’s announcement, and confirmation that Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage with Prof. Brian Cox and Robin Ince will be recorded at the festival indicates the diverse scope of the festival.

Taking place 22-24 July at Jodrell Bank, the Cheshire observatory at the cutting edge of humanity’s quest for knowledge, bluedot is a brand new three-day festival of discovery that promises to fuse a complex mix of artists, speakers, scientists and performers.

Heading the music bill with a UK festival exclusive is the legendary Jean-Michel Jarre. Renowned not only for his revolutionary electronic compositions that spawned an entire genre and gave rise to a generation of experimentalists, Jean-Michel is known for his incredible live performances having pushed 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.

Jean M Jarre

Jarre has recently released the ‘Electronica’ project; a 2-album release, ‘Electronica 1- The Time Machine’ in October 2015 (LTW Review), whilst ‘Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise’ is scheduled for release on the 6th May 2016.

Given the stunning backdrop of the giant Lovell radio telescope it can only be imagined that Jean-Michel’s performance at bluedot will be remembered as one of the most spectacular in his long career.

Also headlining are psych-electronica pioneers Caribou and – arguably one of the most influential British bands of the last three decades – Underworld, whose infamous live performances are the stuff of legend.

Other confirmed artists include Everything Everything, Public Service Broadcasting, Mercury Rev, Steve Mason, 65daysofstatic, British Sea Power and Californian space-rock adventurers Moon Duo.

The festival is the creation of the team behind the Kendal Calling, Forgotten Fields and Live from Jodrell Bank events, and the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, bluedot promises to be something new and very different.

Said festival director Ben Robinson “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.”

Jodrell Bank

Professor Tim O’Brien, Associate Director of Jodrell Bank and together with Professor Teresa Anderson, one of the festival’s science directors, said: “bluedot is going to be special. We want to blow people’s minds with some amazing music and some incredible ideas – from the Big Bang to black holes, AI to climate change, and loads more.

“A nod to Carl Sagan’s pale blue dot, the festival will celebrate our planet in the vast cosmos, showcasing humanity’s creative achievements in arts, science, technology and the exploration of space.”

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.

bluedot Festival
22nd-24th July 2016
Jodrell Bank, Cheshire

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 bluedot

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