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FESTIVAL: What to expect from Bluedot

WORDS BY DAVID WILKINSON

Bluedot is back and it’s bigger than ever! The music and science festival has curated another stellar line-up full of mind-warping acts and science programmes this year and will take place, as ever, at Jodrell Bank Observatory. This year’s festival celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings so expect a very moon-themed weekend.

Bluedot has always been a festival that pushes the boundaries in terms of creating memorable and exciting experiences for its attendees. The mixture of science and music compliment each other well and under the gaze of the beautiful Jodrell Bank Observatory the festival really comes alive at night.

Headliners Kraftwerk, Hot Chip and New Order are joined by a great supporting cast of acts such as John Grant, Kate Tempest and Anna Calvi. Professor Tim O’Brien will present ‘One Giant Leap: Jodrell Bank and the Race To The Moon as well as other science programming that consists of Luke Jerran’s ‘Museum of the Moon’ and actual archive footage of the Apollo 11 landings in July 1969.

Kraftwerk need no introduction. If you’re into any electronic music then you can trace the roots back to Kraftwerk. The German electronic pioneers bring their 3D show to Bluedot and this is guaranteed to be one of the most amazing things anyone will see this year. Hot Chip are back in 2019 with a new album to boot. Very few bands are accomplished as them live so make sure you take your dancing shoes with you and you know what you’re going to get with New Order. Like Kraftwerk, their fingerprints are all over modern electronic music. They are the best band Manchester has ever produced. Period.

KRAFTWERK 3D Der Katalog 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Kunstsammlung NRW Düsseldorf 2013

There’s also a solid DJ line-up consisting of the immense Maxine Peake, La Discotheque and MCR Live Resident, the fabulous DJ Paulette. No matter what you’re into, Bluedot has it covered. Tickets for the festival are still on sale but you’ll need to grab them quick before they disappear. I can’t recommend this festival enough so you have to be there!

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