Beth Orton, The Membranes, NZCA Lines, iLiKETRAiNS, and snooker player turned DJ Steve Davis lead the latest acts for Bluedot taking place at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th July 2016.
Also joining bill are Unabombers playing a special cosmic one-off as the Lunabombers, Cheeba, Space Cassette ft Henge, Age Of Glass, Paddy Steer, Algorave, Bernard & Edith, Pumarosa, The Big Moon, Olivier Heim, Mother, Actor, Cabbage, Worriedaboutsatan, The Spills, and Phoria.
The festival has also revealed a brand new stage – Roots – that will be located in Jodrell Bank's arboretum. Offering a diverse line-up of folk, world and acoustica including Mi Mye, Blair Dunlop, Cambio Sun, Sam Brookes, Steve Parker, Musaic, The Lion and The Wolf, and Alter Hanglands.
Apart from the music, there's an extensive cultural programme which now includes The Charlatans front man Tim Burgess talking about his new book with BBC 6 Music’s Shaun Keaveny. Shaun will also be appearing on the comedy stage performing a stand-up set. Stephen Morris from New Order will also be in conversation. Director Kieran Evans will be talking with Erol Alkan and Richard Norris from Beyond The Wizards Sleeve about 'And So The Sleep', their collection of short films they have made to accompany their album 'The Soft Bounce', before an exclusive screening of the films.
They join Jean Michel Jarre, Underworld, and Caribou, who headline plus Air, Krysko, Marc Riley, Lanterns on the Lake + Royal Northern Sinfonia, Everything Everything, Public Service Broadcasting, Mercury Rev, Steve Mason, 65daysofstatic, and British Sea Power, Moon Duo, Beyond The Wizards Sleeve, Ben UFO, DJ Yoda, Gwenno, Lonelady, Stealing Sheep, Dutch Uncles, Galaxians, Aziz & Dal, The Lucid Dream, Sundara Karma, Plastic Mermaids, Let.s Eat Grandma, Nai Harvest, The Vryll Society, Post War Glamour Girls, Cowtown, Mi Mye, Hot Vestry, Rhain, The Watchmakers, Sympathiser, and Body Clocks. Plus a performance of Be play One a collaboration between an artist, a scientist, half of Spiritualized and 40,000 real life bees.
Helen Keen and her 'It Is Rocket Science' stand-up show, Helen Arney and Steve Mould from 'Festival of the Spoken Nerd', Dr. Steve Cross' cabaret 'Science Showoff', James Veitch's 'Dot Con' show that charts his correspondence with a host email scammers and con artists, live & interactive comedy game show 'Wifi Wars' (take a charged smartphone!) and 'Foxdog Studios' surreal and interactive show. Robin Ince, Tiernan Douieb, and Adam Kay will also be bringing the cosmic comedy. Plus previously confirmed was Radio 4's The Infinite Monkey Cage with Prof. Brian Cox and Robin Ince will be recording an episode at the festival.
The full Bluedot programme will be announced in the coming weeks.
A full science and 'Cosmic Culture' programme will offer an array of talent from across the scientific, literary and arts communities with five distinct arenas featuring space orchestras, talks, screenings, lectures, comedy and debates and a vast spectrum of hands-on activities including the Luminarium, art installations, robot workshops, a planetarium, the Galaxy Garden, pulsar hunting, graphene making classes and much more. Gourmets can also expect to find the 'Restaurant at The End of The Universe' where chef Aiden Byrne has created a stratospheric seven-course menu especially for the event.
Weekend camping tickets are priced at £129, weekend camping for youth aged 11-15 years are priced at £69, weekend camping for child aged 6-10 years are priced at £19, weekend camping for child aged 5 years and under are priced at £10. Live in vehicle is priced at £69, a weekend car park ticket is £20. Adult Friday day ticket £35, Adult Saturday day ticket £49, Adult Sunday day ticket £49, and any day child aged 6-15 years are priced at £25, and day tickets for child aged 5 years and under are free. A one day car park ticket is £10. The seven course menu in ‘The Restaurant at the end of the Universe’ from £69.
Full access to the magnificent Discovery centre is included with each ticket, and offers a chance to find out more about the mind-blowing research happening at Jodrell Bank. Explore the wonders of the universe and find out for yourself why stargazing has enjoyed a massive resurgence in the past few years.
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