Preview: Bluedot Festival 2023

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It is hard to stand out in the crowded UK festival market today, but the emergence of Bluedot Festival in Cheshire has certainly managed to find a gap in the market.

Combining the worlds of science and music, Bluedot returns to Jodrell Bank Observatory this week with a packed lineup of talent, from global music icons to the wonderfully intriguing scientific showcases. So what can we expect?

The festival is headlined by Roisin Murphy (Friday), Pavement (Saturday UK exclusive), and Grace Jones (Sunday), with Leftfield, Young Fathers, and Django Django also featuring across the weekend.

Things kick off on Thursday for the festival’s official opening party, where Bluedot attendees can get a feel for this unique setting and check out Max Richter in concert with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Acclaimed British actress, Tilda Swinton will also be gracing Jodrell Bank on the opening night for this performance alongside other special guests.

Max Richter

On Friday, our pick of the bunch is the incredible Black Country, New Road, who will grace the main stage with their experimental alternative rock. Elsewhere, The Go Team will be participating in The Listening Party Live, along with live podcasts from Chris Hawkins, the New Scientist Podcast and more.

On Saturday, be sure to check out post punk outfit, Dry Cleaning, who will warm up the the main stage for Pavement. Summer festival favourite, Jaguar Skills will be bringing his renowned DJ set to the Deep Space Disco on Saturday night, and away from the chaos you can catch the likes of comedian, Nish Kumar, at Mission Control.

The final day will see some huge main stage performances from the likes of Georgia, Young Fathers, and Grace Jones, before Annie Mac closes the festival in style with a DJ set on the Orbit Stage. Elsewhere, you will find the Lycra 80s Party show at Deep Space Disco, a showcase from Creative Manchester at Mission Control, and so much more across the stages.

You won’t find yourself bored at Bluedot and there is something for all ages and tastes in addition to our selections above. The Kids Cinema will be on hand to keep the children entertained, and science fans will find a whole host of attractions to immerse yourselves into, including the 60 Year Anniversary celebrations of Doctor Who for the sci-fi lovers.

Eat Well MCR have also curated an outstanding selection of food and drink vendors, including Dishoom, Isca, Kiosk, and an open fire cooking takeover from Honest Crust on the Thursday, so you won’t be going hungry.

You can find the full programme and further information on tickets, travel and more here – bluedot 2023 – Bluedot (

Have a great weekend!

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