We’ve had to wait for two years but Bluedot is back and their team has just announced its lineup – with several more names to come nearer the time. Bluedot festival is set in the grounds of Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, with the Lovell telescope at its centre. The festival is known for its balanced blend of music plus daytime talks, workshops and demonstrations on anything to do with space and science.

As previously announced, Bjork takes the Sunday headliner spot for a special concert with Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra.

Mogwai will headline Saturday night, also appearing are indie-electro artists Metronomy. Whilst dance veterans Groove Armada are set to close Friday night for a set which is part of their final tour.

The stellar line-up also sees Spiritualized, Yard Act, Working Mens Club, A Certain Ratio, Tim Burgess, Squarepusher and Anna Meredith and HENGE make a return after the band’s popular appearances at Bluedot in 2019

Gourmet Gigs recommended must-see artists are: W. H Lung, Lanterns on the Lake, Lonelady, Kelly Lee Owens and Stealing Sheep and The Radiophonic Workshop.

The opening night on Thursday is always the scene for a unique concert and this year sees Hannah Peel with a collaboration with the Paraorchestra, the world’s only large-scale virtuoso ensemble of professional disabled and non-disabled musicians. It will be a special performance of a new project The Unfolding – for a taste of her music, check out Sunrise Through the Dusty Nebula. Hannah appeared in 2017 with the Tubular Brass ensemble and was a perfect fit for Bluedot, so this is a performance to really get excited about.

Science

Bluedot has also announced the first headline names from its science programme for 2022. Key speakers include host of Radio 4’s The Life Scientific Professor Jim Al-Khalili, British historian and filmmaker David Olusoga, leading space scientist Monica Grady, and astrophysicist and host of The Sky at Night Chris Lintott. Physicist Jess Wade will also be at Jodrell Bank with geoscientist Chris Jackson, Met Office’s Richard Betts, director of Tyndall Centre Carly McLachlan, ecotricity founder Dale Vince, immunologist Sheena Cruickshank, evolutionary psychologist Gilly Forrester, planetary scientist Sarah Crowther and the iconic cultural broadcaster and writer Jon Savage.

Also revealed is a first taste of Bluedot’s culture line-up. Comedian, writer and director Stewart Lee brings music documentary ‘King Rocker’ to the festival while podcaster and writer Adam Buxton brings a live version of his hit comedy series BUG.  There will also be stand-up performances from Desiree BurchOlga Koch, star of This Time with Alan Partridge and Shrill Lolly Adefope, Cosmic Shambles creator Robin Ince, Rob Rouse and Ahir Shah, plus live podcasts including new Scientist and the bluedot podcast with Chris Hawkins.

Children

I don’t think there’s a festival that caters for children better than Bluedot. Taking place in a serious science environment, their workshops and childrens’ areas are thoughtful and educational but with a huge fun element included. There will be curations from Wallace & Gromit creators Aardman Animations and  Clangers, plus the usual enormous range of science-focused activities, workshops and live experiments across the Star Fields.

Bluedot festival 21 – 24 July 2022

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