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Bluedot Festival returns for 2017 – 7-9 July

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Date(s) - Friday 7 July - Sunday 9 July
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Jodrell Bank


Bluedot Festival returns for 2017

Bluedot, Festival, Knutsford, Cheshire, Jodrell BankFollowing 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 Festival returns again to Jodrell Bank – the Cheshire observatory at the cutting edge of humanity’s quest for knowledge – on 7-9 July 2017 for a highly anticipated second edition.

Nominated in no fewer than six categories at the UK Festival Awards including Best New Festival, Best Small Festival and Best Headliner for Jean-Michel Jarre, plus two nominations at the AIF Awards including New Festival on the Block and Mind Blowing Spectacle, Bluedot Festival is set to be bigger and better in 2017 with festival organisers committed to an even more ambitious programme.

Said festival director Ben Robinson: “Last year’s Bluedot Festival exceeded all expectations, a combination of the incredible location and the rich diversity of the musical line-up and the science, arts and culture content really set us apart from the pack. We are determined to raise the bar again and have some very exciting developments to announce in the coming months.”

Attendees can again expect a galaxy of talent from across the scientific, literary and arts communities with five distinct arenas featuring space orchestras, talks, screenings, lectures, comedy and debates, a vast spectrum of hands-on activities and much more.

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 a spectacular way to spend a weekend with brilliant music, world-leading science, amazing art and the very best in food and drink. We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone back here to Jodrell Bank in 2017- please do come and join us!”.

General sale tickets will be available from discoverthebluedot.com

Anyone wishing to vote for Bluedot Festival at the UK Festival Awards can do so here:


We are thrilled to announce our second wave of artists added to our bill and joining Pixies, Alt-J and Orbital, including art-electronic duo Goldfrapp, legendary space-rock survivors Hawkwind, French electronic maestro Vitalic Official, hip hop turnatablist DJ Yoda, Hot Chip frontman Joe Goddard [live], Late Night Tales presenting the one and only Nighmares On Wax.

Elsewhere on the bill is Space Afrika, Will Tramp, Dream Wife, Galaxians, Sweat, Xam Duo, WH Lung, DJ Woody, Kelly Lee Owens, Andy Votel presents History of Space Rock, Post War Glamour Girls and Annabel Fraser. The astounding Algorave returns after delighting rave nerds with non-stop algorithmically generated electronic music at the first bluedot.

Live coders include Anny, Belisha Beacon, Canute, Calum Gunn, Hellocatfood, Coral Manton and Miri Kat.

Renowned Leeds promoters High and Lonesome have programmed this year’s Arboretum Stage with a host of breakthrough act and underground heroes such as Juanita Stein, The Travelling Band, Paul Thomas Sounders, Francis Lung, Alessi, Charlotte Carpenter, Ardyn, We Were Strangers, Sam Airey, Charlie Barnes, Mi May, Fighting Caravans, James Smith (PWGG), Ben Pike, Kindest of Thieves, Alter Hanglands, The Silver Reserve and Shadowlark.

Weekend Ticket Pricing

General release wave three: £159 + BF

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Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

The University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre welcomes around 160,000 visitors each year, including 21,000 school pupils on educational visits. It showcases the research work of the University’s Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics to a wide audience and aims to inspire the next generation of scientists & engineers. Celebrating its seventieth anniversary this year, the Observatory is famous for its research in radio astronomy and of course the Lovell Telescope, which dominates the site. The world’s largest telescope when it was completed in 1957, it is now more powerful than ever and has become an icon of science & engineering.