Bluedot 2023

Line-up announced includes Grace Jones, Leftfield, The Radiophonic Workshop, Pavement and Róisín Murphy

The sixth music and science festival at Jodrell Bank Observatory runs from 20 – 23 July with an impressive line-up, including the recently reformed art rock favourites Pavement headlining the Saturday night. It’s their only UK show of 2023 after the much-anticipated and thoroughly sold out 2022 dates, which included a four-night run at London’s Roundhouse.

The newly announced headliners for the weekend join Max Richter and the BBC Concert Orchestra who will be performing the opening event on the Thursday night. Electronic Sound favourite and ex-Moloko frontwoman Róisín Murphy takes her first festival headline slot on the Friday night with Grace Jones taking the Sunday night, placing her unique Venn diagram of electronic music, performance art and fashion on the unique surroundings of Jodrell Bank and its radio telescope. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for performances of her peerless cover versions of The Normal’s ‘Warm Leatherette’ and Iggy Pop’s ‘Nightclubbing’, that much-loved staple of the late 1970s electronic music scene.

Leftfield will be headlining the Orbit arena while cherry picking the remaining line-up for artists we’ve featured in the pages of Electronic Sound in this first wave announcement includes the Radiophonic Workshop, Dry Cleaning, Young Fathers, Django Django, Max Cooper, Beak>, David Holmes, Gwenno, Teleman, Snapped Ankles, Henge and Pictish Trail.

Bluedot remains the only music festival where you are actively likely to bump into an astronaut and/or science popularisers, and this year’s science and space people are the BBC Sky at Night’s Chris Lintott and Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Brainiac Live and renowned climate change researcher and author Mike Berners-Lee. UK Space Agency’s Libby Jackson OBE and The Open University’s Professor of Planetary and Space Science Monica Grady CBE will also return to the festival.

Tickets and more information at https://www.discoverthebluedot.com/

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