Mu­sic and sci­ence fes­ti­val an­nounced

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

ELEC­TRONIC mu­sic leg­end Jean-Michel Jarre is set to head­line a new mu­sic fes­ti­val at Jo­drell bank.

Jarre, who is known for his huge spec­tac­u­lar mu­sic and light shows, will per­form at the Blue­dot fes­ti­val, a three day event within the grounds of Jo­drell Bank in the sum­mer.

The event, which com­bines mu­sic and sci­ence, will boast a range per­for­mances along­side lec­tures, com­edy, art in­stal­la­tions, a plan­e­tar­ium and even ro­bot work­shops.

Pro­fes­sor Brian Cox, for­mer key­board player with D:Ream, will also be record­ing his sci­ence­based Ra­dio 4 Show The In­fi­nite Mon­key Cage dur­ing the event.

It’s not the first time the sci­ence hub has hosted mu­si­cal acts, with El­bow, Sigur Rós and the Halle Or­ches­tra all per­form­ing un­der the iconic Lovell tele­scope.

But it is be­ing hailed as the first fes­ti­val which com­bines sci­ence lec­tures and mu­sic, tak­ing its name from an im­age of earth cap­tured by the space probe 20 years ago.

Pro­fes­sor Tim O’Brien, as­so­ciate di­rec­tor of Jo­drell Bank and one of the fes­ti­val’s sci­ence di­rec­tors, said: “Blue­dot is go­ing to be spe­cial. We want to blow peo­ple’s minds with some amaz­ing mu­sic and some in­cred­i­ble ideas – from the Big Bang to black holes, AI to cli­mate change, and loads more.

“A nod to Carl Sa­gan’s pale blue dot, the fes­ti­val will cel­e­brate our planet in the vast cos­mos, show­cas­ing hu­man­ity’s cre­ative achieve­ments in arts, sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy and the ex­plo­ration of space.”

The event, which will run from July 22 - 24, is run by From the Fields – the team be­hind Ken­dal Call­ing and Live from Jo­drell Bank.

Ben Robin­son, fes­ti­val di­rec­tor, said: “Blue­dot is a brand new fes­ti­val with a man­date to de­liver a fes­ti­val like noth­ing else on earth with a stel­lar pro­gramme of mu­sic, sci­ence, art, film and tech­nol­ogy. We have a lot more still to an­nounce in­clud­ing our full sci­ence and cul­ture pro­gramme and some more big name acts that we feel will re­ally fit the ethos of what we are try­ing to achieve with blue­dot – a fo­rum where mu­sic, sci­ence and the arts can re­ally come to­gether.”

Bands Cari­bou and Un­der­world will head­line the other two nights.

Also on the live mu­sic line up are Ev­ery­thing Ev­ery­thing, Pub­lic Ser­vice Broad­cast­ing, Bri­tish Sea Power, Mer­cury Rev, spacey Cal­i­for­ni­ans Moon Duo, and Steve Ma­son.

Full week­end camp­ing and day tick­ets go on sale on Wed­nes­day, March 16, at 9am.

Week­end tick­ets cost £119 and day tick­ets start from £35.

For more go to dis­cover­the­blue­dot.com.

●» Jean-Michel Jarre (right) and one of his con­certs in Lon­don. He is to head­line the Blue­dot fes­ti­val be­ing held at Jo­drell Bank this sum­mer

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