Acts sign up for Jo­drell fes­ti­val

Macclesfield Express - - NOSTALGIA -

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

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