Thou­sands to head for fes­ti­val

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

THOU­SANDS Of mu­sic lovers will head to Jo­drell Bank this week­end for the sec­ond Blue­dot fes­ti­val.

The three day event, where mu­sic, science and space dis­cov­ery col­lide, takes place in the grounds of the ob­ser­va­tory, where the fa­mous Lovell telescope forms the awe-in­spir­ing back­drop to the main stage.

Head­lin­ing this year are vet­eran in­die rock­ers Pix­ies, live dance mu­sic orig­i­na­tors Or­bital and Mer­cury Prize-win­ners alt-J.

They will be joined by acts in­clud­ing Left­field, Gold­frapp, Hawk­wind, Soul­wax, Warpaint, Ezra Fur­man and The Boyfriends.

The line up is com­ple­mented by a mind-ex­pand­ing pro­gramme of science and tech­nol­ogy, com­edy, film and art events.

High­lights in­clude a 50th an­niver­sary ex­hi­bi­tion of Cap­tain Scar­let mod­els, sets and mem­o­ra­bilia; an af­ter­noon of talks and per­for­mance cel­e­brat­ing the life and work of elec­tronic pi­o­neer and Doc­tor Who com­poser Delia Der­byshire.

A hand­ful of week­end tick­ets are still avail­able priced from £159 in­clud­ing camp­ing. Day tick­ets are also on sale start­ing from £59. Visit dis­cover­the­blue­dot.com to book them.

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