Bluedot festival announce a special late-night programme culminating on Sunday when Max Cooper and MESH are to premiere a unique A/V soundscape, with accompanying bespoke projections on the 50-metre Lovell telescope. Groove Armada were just one of the headliners last year using the telescope to beam awe-inspiring projections over the site (photo above).
Here’s the plan, night by night…
*** Friday night ***
Leftfield headline Friday’s late night at bluedot, following the critically-acclaimed new album This Is What We Do, featuring poet Lemn Sissay and Fontaines D.C.’s Grian Chatten. Their last performance at Bluedot was a memorable one in 2017 (Leftfield at bluedot), so it’s great to see them returning. Their headline performance in bluedot’s Orbit arena will be an all-out assault of bass-laden live electronica and AV. Underground icon David Holmes will also perform a genre-spanning set on Friday night.
*** Saturday night ***
In a fresh addition to this year’s interstellar line-up, electronic pioneers 2manydjs close the Orbit arena. The Dewaele brothers descend on Jodrell Bank 21 years on from the infamous As Heard On Radio Soulwax Part 2, having recently headlined a sold-out Printworks London.
Joining 2manydjs is Erol Alkan, the DJ and producer behind some of electronic music’s best loved remixes of recent years and the founder of Phantasy, the record label home of Daniel Avery, Red Axes and Alkan’s own Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve project.
Alongside Leftfield, 2manydjs and Erol Alkan as part of bluedot’s line-up is the creator of BBC1’s ‘Essential Mix of the Year’ in 2021 and founder of record label Femme Culture, British producer and DJ Elkka, plus Future Utopia, the production project of Fraser T Smith, whose songwriting and production credits include collaborations with Stormzy, Adele and Dave. His 2023 return kick-started with We Were We Still Are, his new single with bluedot favourite Kae Tempest.
*** Sunday night ***
The weekend will culminate with Max Cooper soundtracking an ambient AV art piece projected on the surface of the 200-foot Lovell Telescope, following a special 3D/AV immersive show in the Orbit arena. And Annie Mac will wrap up the weekend as she headlines the Sunday night Closing Party.
bluedot opens on Thursday night with its traditional opening Concert from Max Richter and the BBC Concert Orchestra performing VOICES and Recomposed. Róisín Murphy takes top spot on Friday evening’s Lovell Stage after Django Django and Black Country, New Road, while lo-fi pioneers Pavement headline Saturday alongside Dry Cleaning, Malian desert blues pioneers Tinariwen and culture from Moonage Daydream creator Brett Morgen and Nish Kumar. Young Fathers followed by Grace Jones will close the festival.
Information and tickets from discoverthebluedot.com