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Bluedot Festival is a British festival of music, art and discovery, held each summer at the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre in Macclesfield. The Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre is an educational observatory museum with science exhibits and the Lovell Radio Telescope. The centre is part of the University of Manchester.

Returning in 2023, Bluedot Festival will once again take up residency against the stunning backdrop of the Lovell Radio Telescope, curating a weekend of music from across the indie and alternative spectrum.

And beyond the music, Bluedot Festival’s weekend of discovery includes a range of live science experiments, expert talks and immersive artworks, encouraging festival-goers to ask questions and stimulate their minds in the company of some of science’s finest brains.

bluedot 2019 Sunday Highlights

Bluedot Festival 2023 Lineup

Lineup to be announced soon:

Thu 21 July 2022

Hannah Peel and Paraorchestra present The Unfolding / Kathleen Frances

Fri 22 July 2022

Groove Armada / Spiritualized / Kojey RadicalKelly Lee Owens / BCUC / Jane Weaver / Tim Burgess / Los Bitchos / Lolly Adefope / Tim’s Twitter Listening Parties / A Problem Squared / The Space Shed / Sad Night Dynamite / Sofia Kourtesis / The Goa Express / manara / LYR / Nabihah Iqbal and Libby Heaney / Katy J Pearson / Secret Night Gang / Nuha Ruby Ra / Goya Gumbani / NoSo / Mandy, Indiana / Sheena Cruickshank / Chris Jones / Andrew O’Neill’s History Of Heavy Metal / Garrett Millerick / Matthew Winning / New Scientist / The Bluedot Podcast with Chris Hawkins / Centre For New Writing / The Actual Reality Arcade / Mother and Baby Space / Jedi Lightsaber Training / Twisted Time Machine / Morning Family Films featuring Aardman Animations / Nature Walks / Stargazing / Twilight Parades by Global Grooves / Cloudscapes On MarsLuminarium / The Nectary by Alison SmithGaia by Luke Jerram

Sat 23 July 2022

Mogwai / Metronomy / Tim Peake / Squarepusher / Yard Act / Working Men’s Club / Porridge Radio / LoneLady / Lanterns on the Lake / India Jordan / Alewya / David Olusoga / Chris Lintott / Monica Grady / Stewart Lee presents King Rocker / Adam Buxton’s Best Of Bug / Tim’s Twitter Listening Parties / Brainiac Live / The Space Shed / A Guy Called Gerald / Planningtorock / Koreless / Joy Anonymous / FaceSoul / Ethan P. Flynn / Gretel Hanlyn / Mewn / Jon Savage / Jessica Wade / Sarah Crowther / Rob Rouse / Snjólaug Lúdvíksdóttir / Ignacio Lopez / New Scientist / The Bluedot Podcast with Chris Hawkins / Centre For New Writing / The Actual Reality Arcade / Mother and Baby Space / Big Fish Little Fish’s Cosmic Disco / Jedi Lightsaber Training / Twisted Time Machine / Morning Family Films featuring Aardman Animations / Nature Walks / Stargazing / Twilight Parades by Global Grooves / Cloudscapes On Mars / Luminarium / The Nectary by Alison SmithGaia by Luke Jerram

Sun 24 July 2022

Björk with The Hallé Orchestra / Anna Meredith / Warmduscher / Orlando Weeks / Oumou Sangaré / Pongo / Mary Anne Hobbs / Lido Pimienta / A Certain Ratio / Jockstrap / HAAi / Jim Al-Khalili / Desiree Burch / Rough Trade Books with Musa Okwonga and More / Tim’s Twitter Listening Parties / The Space Shed / HengeW. H. Lung / Keeley Forsyth / Peaness / Stealing Sheep & Radiophonic Workshop: La Planete Sauvage / The Eccentronic Research Council & Maxine Peake / Balrah Singh and Farah Ahmad Khan / The Bug Club / Mark Radcliffe’s UNE / Fears / Morgan Harper‐Jones / Richard Betts / Daniel M. Davis / Martha Hilton / Kat Coyte / Jim Wild / Olga Koch / Ahir ShahKiri Pritchard-McLean / Damian Clark / New Scientist / The Bluedot Podcast with Chris Hawkins / Centre For New Writing / The Actual Reality Arcade / Mother and Baby Space / Jedi Lightsaber Training / Twisted Time Machine / Morning Family Films featuring Aardman AnimationsNature WalksStargazingTwilight Parades by Global GroovesCloudscapes On MarsLuminariumThe Nectary by Alison Smith / Gaia by Luke Jerram

Bluedot Festival 2023 Tickets

Early Bird Weekend Camping & VIP Tickets from £204.75 (€242.00) are on sale:
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Camping during the festival is included in the Weekend Camping Ticket, so all you need is basic camping gear, like a tent, a camping pad and a head torch (so useful in the night). If you don’t want to bring your own tent, the festival offers pre-pitched tents with extra comfort in the main campsite to be announced soon:

Alternatively, you can book nearby hotels and apartments using the map below or visit booking.com

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BY TRAIN

Manchester Piccadilly to Macclesfield Station – 20 minutes
London Euston to Macclesfield Station – 1 hour 41 minutes direct

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The closest airport to bluedot is Manchester Airport (MAN), just a mere 26 minute drive away.

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