21-24 July 2022 Jodrell Bank Observatory

In a UK festival exclusive, we are thrilled to announce a unique Björk performance as Sunday night headliner. Limited day tickets and weekend tickets are on sale now at discoverthebluedot.com

The genre-spanning pioneer will be joined by The Hallé Orchestra at our UNESCO World Heritage site home of Jodrell Bank Observatory, accompanied by a projection mapping spectacle.

The audio-visual performance will feature video and animated projections on the iconic Lovell Telescope, for a unique show exclusive to bluedot. This will be the first-time audiences at bluedot have seen the dish of the 76-metre wide Lovell Telescope surface transformed into a gigantic digital artwork.

In a prodigious career extending over four decades Björk has taken popular music far beyond normal convention, winning numerous awards and inspiring generations of artists to push the limits of their creativity. With all arrangements by Björk, the new orchestral audio-visual work promises to be a ground-breaking expression of a life at the cutting edge of experimental music, not to mention an incredible spectacle and a genuine bluedot highlight.

Our festival director Ben Robinson said: “After the postponements of the last two summers we wanted to return with something extra special and unique. We spoke to Björk’s team about curating visuals to accompany the show & being the first confirmed artists to project onto the surface of the Lovell Telescope at bluedot festival. Björk and her team are already working on this unique spectacle & we are incredibly grateful for their enthusiasm for making the closing set of bluedot’s return truly unique.”

Teresa Anderson, Director of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement, added: “We’re delighted to welcome bluedot back to its home at Jodrell Bank. Bjork is an artist who works on the creative common ground between art and science so it’s amazing that she will be headlining the festival, here at the UK’s home of Astrophysics. We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone again!”

After being awarded ‘Best Medium Sized Festival’ at the last UK Festival Awards in 2019 we have been working hard for our return following the pandemic hiatus and tickets are expected to sell out fast. A limited number of day tickets have now been released along with payment plans. Boutique camping packages are also on sale.

With hundreds of artists and speakers still to be announced across the pantheon of arts, culture, music and science, we can’t wait to return to our home of Jodrell Bank for a weekend unlike any other.

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