Bluedot Headline Acts Announced

It’s an exciting day for us here at Jodrell Bank as headline acts for the 2018 bluedot festival are announced. Having quickly established itself as a standout science festival, this unique celebration of culture, music, science and discovery continues to inspire and is set to return once again on 19-22 July.

Another stellar music line-up, this year including The Chemical Brothers, The Flaming Lips and Future Islands amongst many others, will be complimented by a ground-breaking programme of live science experiments, expert talks and immersive artworks.

The science and culture programme at bluedot is going from strength to strength and we’re delighted to welcome some of the UK’s best-known scientists and writers, discussing the latest developments in areas ranging from quantum biology to wildlife conservation.

Highlights from the popular DotTalks series include physicist and broadcaster Professor Jim Al-Khalili (above), academic, writer and broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts, physicist and engineer Libby Jackson, biologist and conservationist Professor Dave Goulson and TV presenter and author Dallas Campbell.

The fun-packed Star and Planet Fields will be returning too. These two science markets, both curated by us, will be full of live experiments, performances, and science engagement activities. Look out for the Royal Society for Chemistry, Women of Science, Practical Action and the RSPB amongst many other still to be announced.

Plus, new for 2018, the festival will be opening early with a special Blue Planet in Concert event on Thursday 19 July. Conducted by the renowned composer George Fenton, the Halle Orchestra will perform the critically acclaimed concert version of the original 2001 Blue Planet in what promises to be a unique and awe-inspiring HD spectacle. Certainly not to be missed!

There’s so much to look forward to and we can’t wait to welcome new and returning faces to Jodrell Bank this summer. Bluedot really is an incredible opportunity to combine a love of music with curiosity about the universe, and all taking place under the wonderful Lovell Telescope –itself a symbol of humanity’s ingenuity and will to explore. It’s going to be another classic –we’ll see you there!


Weekend Tickets are on sale now and priced at just £159 (monthly payments plans are available). Find out more and book online here.

NEW Thursday day tickets for the Blue Planet in Concert event have been made available for just £35 each (or £29 with a festival weekend ticket) and you can book online here.