Bluedot Festival

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Lovell Telescope.jpg
bluedot takes place against the backdrop of the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory (JBO) in Cheshire
GenreMusic festival, Science festival
Location(s)Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire, United Kingdom
InauguratedJuly 22, 2016 (2016-07-22)
Most recentJuly 18, 2019 (2019-07-18)
Next eventJuly 23, 2020 (2020-07-23)
Attendance15000 per day[1]

Bluedot is a music, science and culture event held annually in July since 2016 at Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, England, combining music, live science experiments, expert talks and immersive artworks.[1][2][3]

The event is endorsed by the University of Manchester, [4] current owners of the observatory. [5]

Dark grey and black static with coloured vertical rays of sunlight over part of the image. A small pale blue point of light is barely visible.
The 1990 Pale Blue Dot photograph

The festival is named after Pale Blue Dot, a famous 1990 photograph of planet Earth popularised by Carl Sagan.[6]

Musical performances[edit]

Since 2016, acts performing at the bluedot festival have included Orbital, Underworld, Alt-J, Goldfrapp, Jean-Michel Jarre,[1][2][3] The Chemical Brothers,[7] Gary Numan and The Flaming Lips.[8]

Kraftwerk headlined Saturday at the 2019 event, alongside New Order and Hot Chip. [9][10]

Science talks[edit]

The festival has included talks and demonstrations from Richard Dawkins, Brian Cox, Jim Al-Khalili,[11] Philippa Browning,[12] Timothy John O'Brien,[13] Sarah Bridle,[14] Lisa Harvey-Smith,[15] Heather Williams[16] and Teresa Anderson.[17]


  1. ^ a b c "Bluedot". Bluedot.
  2. ^ a b Heward, Emily (2017). "Review: Bluedot Festival day two at Jodrell Bank". Manchester Evening News.
  3. ^ a b Martin, Daniel (2016). "Bluedot festival review – cosmic vibes permeate rave revival". The Guardian.
  4. ^ "bluedot 2019". Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  5. ^ "Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics | The University of Manchester". Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  6. ^ Sagan, Carl (1990). "The Pale Blue Dot". YouTube.
  7. ^ "Bluedot Festival 2018: Review - The Skinny".
  8. ^ Wray, Daniel Dylan (23 July 2018). "Bluedot festival review – Gary Numan makes waves at science-pop mashup". the Guardian.
  9. ^ Moore, Sam (2018-11-21). "Kraftwerk announce huge 2019 UK festival show as Bluedot headliners". NME. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  10. ^ "2019 Lineup". Bluedot Festival. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  11. ^ "Science In The Soul: Richard Dawkins in Conversation with Jim Al-Khalili – Bluedot Festival". Bluedot Festival.
  12. ^ "Philippa Browning – Bluedot Festival". Bluedot Festival.
  13. ^ "Tim O'Brien – Bluedot Festival". Bluedot Festival.
  14. ^ "Sarah Bridle – Bluedot Festival". Bluedot Festival.
  15. ^ "Lisa Harvey-Smith – Bluedot Festival". Bluedot Festival.
  16. ^ "Heather Williams". Bluedot Festival. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Teresa Anderson – Bluedot Festival". Bluedot Festival.