The first wave of acts have been revealed for the 5th edition of music, science and culture festival bluedot, which takes place at Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire from Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th July 2020.
For the headliners there's a festival exclusive set from Bjork with a uniquely commissioned performance alongside Manchester's Halle Orchestra featuring projections onto the Lovell Telescope. Saturday is topped by indie-electro giants Metronomy, and on Friday there's Groove Armada (live).
Other acts are psychedelic space rockers Spiritualized, disco diva Roisin Murphy, techno fusionist Squarepusher, electronic/ambient originals Tangerine Dream, reborn indie experimentalists Ride, Daniel Avery, EOB (the new solo project of Radiohead's Ed O'Brien), Seth Troxler's new Lost Souls Of Saturn project, HAAi, BC Camplight, Anna Meredith, Henge, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Pussy Riot, BCUC, Sinkane, !!! (chk chk chk), Tourist, Pongo, Tim Burgess, A Certain Ratio, Onipa, Lanterns on the Lake, Rosie Lowe, Homoelectric, Nihiloxica, All We Are, Melt Yourself Down, and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets.
There's also electronic legends 808 State, deep house specialists Crazy P, A Guy Called Gerald, Oh My God! It's The Church, Liz Lawrence, Dry Cleaning, Los Bitchos, Just Mustard, Julia Bardo, Black Futures, Mark Radcliffe's Une, Porridge Radio, Intergalactic Republic of Kongo, Plastic Mermaids, Lazarus Kane, Holodrum, Sinead O'Brien, TTRRUUCES, The Goa Express, Otis Mensah, Robin Richards, The Starlight Magic Hour, and Indian Queens.
Back by popular demand are late night parties with DJ Yoda presents Stranger Things, laced with samples from the Netflix original series from Dolly Parton and Toto to The Clash and Joy Division. There's also Manchester 4 piece Henge (DJ set), Too Many Man, DJ Acid Rephlux, Regal Disco, DJ Riv, Princess Leia & Han Solo's Wedding Disco, Discolypso, Good Afternoon DJ's, and DJ Fallback.
Also announced is some of bluedot’s culture and science programme, with the Dot Talk themes set to explore futurology, consciousness, artificial intelligence and the depths of space via astrophysics and astronomy (full details announced in Spring). Beyond Dot Talks, highlights among the arts and culture offering include Celebrating 42: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Live, a stage show featuring series performers and producers, written especially for bluedot; Is David Bowie a God? a comedic, musical exploration of the legend’s messianic status; the Pankhurst Sessions, a programme of talks, panels and screening curated by the activist and great grand-daughter of Suffragettes leader, Helen Pankhurst. Also announced today include performances by Phil Jupitus as the festivalsartist-in-residence and British comedian, actor and director Adam Buxton who is known for his appearances in films such as ‘Hot Fuzz’, ‘Stardust’ and ‘Son of Rambow’ and most recently his podcast, the ‘Adam Buxton Podcast’.
For kids and family, a raft of entertainment is yet to be announced, but so far includes the Intergalactic Planetary kids rave with Big Fish Little Fish, Jedi Training, the Luminarium, a dedicated Big Bang Stage for kids, alongside an enormous range of science-focused activities, workshops and live experiments across the Star Fields.
Tickets will go back on sale at 10am on Friday 14th February.
latest on this festival
line-ups & rumours
Bjork with the Halle Orchestra, Metronomy, Groove Armada, & much more
video of the day
plus Spiritualized, Roisin Murphy, Squarepusher, Tangerine Dream, Ride, & much more