Bluedot Festival – An intergalactic festival of music, science, arts, culture and the exploration of space

Hosted by Jodrell Bank Observatory

Bluedot is an award-winning festival of discovery at the grounds of a deep space observatory. Set against a backdrop of the iconic Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank, bluedot combines a truly stellar line-up of music with a ground-breaking programme of live science experiments, expert talks and immersive artworks.

In an era of political divisiveness and environmental uncertainty, bluedot aims to cultivate a unifying celebration for citizens of the world. Its 2017 message is loud and clear: look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. (Carl Sagan, 1934—1996).

Jodrell Bank Lovell Telescope with light projection and music stage

The Lovell Stage at Bluedot

Music Artists at Bluedot

Joining headliners Alt-J, Orbital and the Pixies, artists added to the bill, include 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.


Introducing stellar cosmic culture additions to Bluedot

The Observer Tech & Science will host an afternoon of talks and debates around fakes news, with leading journalists and politicians discussing whether the increasing trend in our post-truth, post-Trump world threatens democracy itself.

There will be an exclusive screening and live rescore of The Moomins and The Comet – the Tove Jansson classic by the original composer, plus a 50th anniversary celebrtaion of Captain Scarlet.

The brilliant composer Ilan Eshkeri will discuss his unique project with Tim Peake, creating music for space.  Bluedot will also celebrate the 80th anniversary of an electronic pioneer with Delia Derbyshire Day – an afternoon of talks and workshops inspired by inspirational musician.

The scientific secrets of Dr Who, unveiled by Marek Kukula and Simon Guerrier, and the Dark Web – a magical mystery tour around the darker side of the internet, where anyone can operate under a cloak of anonymity, and why we should care what happens there, hosted by Geoff White, head of Tech for Channel 4.


To inspire and entertain.
To explore the frontiers of human advancement.
To celebrate science and the exploration of the universe.
To explore the intersections of science, culture, art and technology.
To highlight the fragility of planet Earth.

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