The inaugural Bluedot festival saw a seemingly perfect pairing of science, dance music and the all round other-worldly feel of festivals over the weekend.
Taking place at Jodrell Bank under the giant Lovell telescope the festival has fledged from smaller gigs, to large-scale performances from the likes of New Order, Elbow and Sigur Ros and now to an ‘out of this world’ themed space fest called Bluedot (nod to Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space).
The weekend saw performances spanning festival newbies like Plastic Mermaids, Let’s Eat Grandma and I Like Trains all the way up to old-school original ravers Underworld, Jean-Michel Jarre and more current headliners like Everything Everything, Caribou and personal highlight Public Service Broadcasting. Brian Cox himself made several appearances as a Jodrell Bank regular from his show Stargazing live.
The family friendly weekend catered for all not only with it’s variety of food vans from Almost Famous burgers to Vegan Paella and Churros; but with stalls spanning all categories of scientific research, with interactive features for everyone to get involved. There were robots and moon walking simulators, the speed of sound experiments to a luminarium. Of course there were bars and candy stalls and glitter painting too, it wouldn’t be a festival otherwise!
The beautiful arboretum on the grounds was adorned with huge light up planets, stars and galaxies gleamed from the trees. There was a very other-worldly feel to the whole weekend. I look forward to seeing Bluedot learn from some of the lessons any starter has to go through and come back onto the festival scene bigger and better next year.