Acts sign up for Jodrell festival
THE first wave of acts to play at this year’s Bluedot Festival have been announced, with Orbital, Pixies and Alt-J topping the bill.
Launched last year, the three-day festival returns to the Jodrell Bank observatory in Macclesfield with another mindexpanding programme of music, arts and science this summer, from July 7-9.
The originators of live dance music, Orbital, are back after a five-year hiatus to headline the main stage, in the shadow of the Lovell radio telescope, in their only northern show of the summer.
Also headlining in another northern festival exclusive will be veteran alt-rockers Pixies, whose psychedelia-tinged music and sci-fi influences fit the bill perfectly.
Mercury Prize-winning art rock outfit Alt-J are the final headline act with a set expected to feature material from their anticipated third album, which is being recorded this year.
Also on the bill are Soulwax, performing with their full electronic live show, LA dream-pop four -piece Warpaint and a UK festival exclusive from psych-swing revolutionaries Ezra Furman and The Boyfriends.
Festival director Ben Robinson said: “We are incredibly proud to be able to present such an innovative and legendary collection of artists to perform at this year’s Bluedot Festival.”
Other highlights include experimental Squarepusher project Shobaleader One, Manchester synth-pop prodigy Shura, the legendary Andrew Weatherall, postindustrial duo Factory Floor, anarchic art-rock- ers Moonlandingz and electro-pop singer-songwriter Boxed In.
Ambient techno maestro Max Cooper will be presenting his live AV show- turned- album Emergence, while elsewhere on the bill will be the Radiophonic Workshop, Whyte Horses Experience (with special guest TBA), psych chanteuse Jane Weaver and cosmic Welshman Meilyr Jones.
The full arts, culture and science line-up will be announced in the coming months but standout shows revealed so far include best-selling author Frank CottrellBoyce and Tubular Brass.
Meanwhile, The Men Behind The Mask will give Star Wars fans an intriguing insight into the creation of Darth Vader, as sculptor Brian Muir and designer Ralph McQuarrie, who created the villain’s iconic helmet and armour, and the man inside the mask himself, actor David Prowse, tell their story.
Bluedot Festival will be held under the shadow of the Lovell telescope, which last year took centre stage at the event