Caribou, Underworld for new Jodrell Bank festival

A new festival at Jodrell Bank, bluedot, has announced Caribou, Underworld and Jean-Michel Jarre as headliners, as well as an appearance from Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince with The Infinite Monkey Cage.

Feature by News Team | 14 Mar 2016

A new festival for 2016, bluedot, will take place at Jodrell Bank this summer featuring Jean-Michel Jarre, Underworld and Caribou as headliners – plus Everything Everything, Steve Mason, Public Service Broadcasting and many more. 

The three-day event across 22-24 July aims 'to fuse a complex mix of artists, speakers, scientists and performers into an event unlike any on earth'.

As well as a UK festival exclusive from Jarre and a music bill also featuring Mercury Rev, 65daysofstatic, Moon Duo and British Sea Power, bluedot also boasts a late-night DJ programme with some of the biggest names in dance, including Erol Alkan and Ben UFO

And if that wasn't enough, Professor Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince will be recording an episode of Radio 4's The Infinite Monkey Cage at the festival. 

The festival will take place over five distinct arenas, featuring 'space orchestras', talks, screenings, lectures, comedy and debates and a range of hands-on activities, including 'the Luminarium', art installations, robot workshops, a planetarium, 'Galaxy Garden', pulsar hunting, graphene making classes and much more.

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Professor Tim O’Brien, associate director of Jodrell Bank, 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.”

The full science and culture programme will be announced over the coming weeks; watch this space for more information.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 16 March at 9am. Full weekend camping and day tickets are available.

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre 
22-24 July 2016

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