Bluedot Festival announced the first wave of artists this morning featuring headliners Orbital, Pixies and Alt-J. After a fantastic inaugural event last summer packed with some incredible performances (you can read our review here) from a huge variety of artists including a whole host of unsigned and up an coming artists this year is set to be another stellar event. With a stunning backdrop of the Jodrell Bank Telescope and a programme of events that ranges from dance music to science lectures it truly is a unique event on the festival calendar.
After a five-year hiatus Orbital – the originators of live dance music – are back and headlining Bluedot in their only northern show of the summer. Described by The Guardian and Q Magazine as one of the best live shows of all time the creators of classic electronic symphonies and timeless dance floor bangers will be bringing their ground breaking sound to the main stage beneath the iconic Lovell radio telescope for what will surely be one of the standout performances of the year. If this matches last year’s visually stunning set by Jean-Michel Jarre it will be a night to remember.
Veteran alt-rockers Pixies need no introduction. In an incredible career spanning more than three decades the Pixies have inspired thousands of bands from Nirvana to Radiohead with their unique blend of surf, punk and psychedelia and with a reputation for devastating live shows and a penchant for ufology a top slot and northern festival exclusive at bluedot is the perfect fit.
Indie-artrock outfit Alt-J are the final main stage headliner. Since winning huge acclaim and a Mercury Prize for hit album An Awesome Wave, Alt-J have carried the flag for Brit-alt and cemented their place in the pantheon of intelligent rock. With a new album on the horizon expect some new material to be woven into their much-anticipated set.
One of the things that made last years Bluedot Festival stand out was the art, culture and science lineup and so far there are only a few tantalising titbits with the full line up to be released later in the year.
A once in a lifetime opportunity for any Star Wars Fan. bluedot is very proud to bring The Men Behind The Mask to this years festival. Expect an intriguing insight into the creation of one of the world’s most infamous villains, Darth Vader as Brian Muir, Ralph McQuire and the man inside the mask himself, David Prowse present their story and experience of Vader’s helmet. With screen presentations, panels and an interactive Q&A session, it’s one not to be missed!
Also brilliant best selling author Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Tubular Brass, a newly formed brass band featuring some of the UK’s finest players, performing a full brass band score of Mike Oldfield’s multimillion-selling classic Tubular Bells, developed by the highly regarded arranger and conductor, Sandy Smith.
Elsewhere on an already impressive bill is alternative rock/electronic band, Soulwax performing with its full electronic live show, a UK festival exclusive from psych-swing revolutionaries Ezra Furman and The Boyfriends, LA dream-pop four piece Warpaint, experimental Squarepusherproject Shobaleader One, Mancunian synth-pop prodigy Shura, the legendary Andrew Weatherall, post-industrial duo Factory Floor, anarcho art-rockers Moonlandingz, electro-pop
Singer/songwriter Boxed In, ambient techno maestro Max Cooper with a performance ofEmergence, Radiophonic Workshop, Whyte Horses Experience (with special guest TBA), psych chanteuse Jane Weaver and cosmic Welshman Meilyr Jones.
Further support comes from Anna Meredith, Rival Consoles, The Comet is Coming, Marc RileyDJ set, Space Cassette Takeover starring Henge, Age of Glass and Anchorsong, Flamingods, The Early Years, Plastic Mermaids, Goat Girl, Makeness, Ider, TVAM, Wovoka Gentle, Ethan & The Reformation, Girl Sweat Pleasure Temple Ritual Band, Horsebeach, Team Picture andAlgorave.
There is also a full weekend of talks from best-selling authors and award winning academics, covering everything from how to eat in the future to how the brain makes us laugh and the science of magic. Highlights include an afternoon of discussions on the rise of Fake News, with leading journalists and politicians discussing whether the increasing trend in our post-truth, post-Trump world threatens democracy itself; 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.
Festival director Ben Robinson: “We are incredibly proud to be able to present such an innovative and legendary collection of artists to perform at this years bluedot festival.”
“Orbital’s return to the festival stage at bluedot will be an incredibly fitting spectacle and one not to be missed, along with Pixies, Alt-J and Soulwax the headline acts are all hugely talented musicians, who have helped to shape and form music culture over the years.”
“The reaction to the first event has been incredible and we are only just beginning to realise the potential of curating a festival in such a unique location. We have a full programme of science, arts and culture still to come, it’s going to be an exciting summer ahead.”
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