Here it is! Launching Bluedot festival’s 2020 lineup, and we think it’s pretty much out of this world. Bjork, Groove Armada and Metronomy are to set to grace the main stage under the awe-inspiring presence of the Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank.
Friday sees the fabulous Groove Armada headline which will have us shaking along to ‘I See You Baby’ and more. And cool electro outfit Metronomy are Saturday’s headliners with a special performance which includes latest album release Metronomy Forever. Björk’s festival exclusive set will close Bluedot with a uniquely commissioned performance alongside Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra, featuring incredible bespoke projections on the Lovell Telescope.
Other confirmed acts include Spiritualized, Roisin Murphy, Squarepusher and Tangerine Dream. Then there’s Ride, Daniel Avery, EOB (new solo project of Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien) and Seth Troxler’s new Lost Souls of Saturn project, HAAI.
Also: BC Camplight, Anna Meredith, Henge, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Pussy Riot, BCUC, Sinkane, Chk Chk Chk, Tourist, Pongo, Tim Burgess, The Lovely Eggs, Fatoumata Diawara, A Certain Ratio, Onipa, Lanterns On The Lake, Rosie Lowe, Homoelectric Nihiloxica, All We Are, Melt Yourself Down and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. Henge (below) returns after a very popular appearance at Bluedot last year.
And there’s more for dance lovers in the form of 808 State, Crazy P and A Guy Called Gerald.
Others to look out for: AIF Award nominated Oh My God! It’s The Church, Liz Lawrence, Dry Cleaning, Los Bitchos, Just Mustard, Julia Bardo, Black Futures, Mark Radcliffe’s UNE, Porridge Radio, Intergalactic republic of Kongo, Plastic Mermaids, Lazarus Kane, Holodrum, Sinead O’Brien, Ttrruuces, The Goa Express, Otis Mensah, Robin Richards, The Starlight Magic Hour and Indian Queens.
Dots before your eyes
When it comes to the space and science side of things, Bluedot excels. With the powerhouse of the Jodrell Bank team behind them, the festival gathers together some of the most forward-thinking and topical minds in the solar system. This year’s Dot Talk themes will explore futurology, consciousness, artificial intelligence and the depths of space via astrophysics and astronomy (full details announced in Spring). Here’s a taster of what is in store:
Celebrating 42: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Live, a stage show featuring series performers and producers, written especially for Bluedot
Is David Bowie a God? a comedic, musical exploration of the legend’s messianic status
Pankhurst Sessions, a programme of talks, panels and screening curated by the activist and great grand-daughter of Suffragettes leader, Helen Pankhurst.
Phil Jupitus as the festivals artist-in-residence and British comedian, actor and Adam Buxton who is known for his appearances in films such as ‘Hot Fuzz’, ‘Stardust’ and ‘Son of Rambow’ and most recently his podcast, the ‘Adam Buxton Podcast’.
For relaxing after dark, take a stroll to the Outer Space area, featuring an expanded fire garden and a host of sonic sculptures, or wander into the Star Fields while spectacular projections illuminate the towering Lovell Telescope.
There is plenty of top of the range entertainment for kids at Bluedot. You’ll find Big Fish Little Fish disco, Jedi Training, the Luminarium, a dedicated Big Bang Stage for kids, alongside an enormous range of science-focused activities, workshops and live experiments across the Star Fields.
Plus lots more will be added to the lineup as time goes on.
Bluedot festival takes place on 23-26 July. Tickets are on sale Friday 14th February at Discover the Blue Dot.