The award winning bluedot festival will be opening its doors for the first time with The Blue Planet in Concert, performed by the Hallé Orchestra to kick off a brand new family four-day format. The show combines live music against a backdrop of remarkable footage from the original Blue Planet 2001 television series produced by the acclaimed BBC Natural History Unit.
Conducted by the composer, the Hallé will perform George Fenton's internationally critically acclaimed concert version of the original Blue Planet, promising a unique and awe-inspiring spectacle in HD, exploring the vast oceans on our pale blue dot, and the challenges we face for the future.
Opening the concert on the Thursday will be Laura Misch, a saxophonist, vocalist and producer popular with Gilles Peterson and Worldwide FM, whose extraordinary one-woman show fuses jazz and progressive electronic genres through exploring the space between analogue and electronically-manipulated sound.
Taking place on the opening evening, Thursday tickets are available to be purchased separately for just £29 with a weekend ticket, or £35 as a stand-alone ticket. Upgrade to our VIP package priced at £59.
What time can I arrive from if I have a Thursday ticket?
If you have a Thursday ticket alongside your weekend bluedot festival camping ticket you can arrive from midday.
If you are only joining us for the Thursday, you can arrive from midday but will only be able to access The Arboretum until our arena opens at 5PM.
When does the car parks open on Thursday?
Car parks open at 12PM and both weekend and day customers.
What time does the entertainment start on Thursday?
The Halle Orchestra are performing on the Lovell Stage and the entertainment will be from 6PM until 10:30PM.
What time is last entry on Thursday?
Last entry will be at 9PM.
How much are kids tickets for Thursday?
We’re happy to tell you that all teen, child and under 5’s tickets are free!
Are we able to bring chairs?
You’re able to bring chairs with you into the arena on Thursday only, due to the type of performance. Please note that we won’t allow chairs in the arena Friday - Sunday.
Are we able to bring food and drink/picnic?
We won’t be allowing food and drink into the arena as we have a vast selection of delectable food stalls catering for all dietary requirements.
Is The Colony boutique campsite or our pre-pitched Tangerine Fields available to stay in from Thursday?
As long as you have a Thursday entry ticket alongside your weekend ticket then you can access and stay in your tent from Thursday.
If I purchase the Thursday VIP offering, can we use the VIP bar all weekend?
VIP access to The Blue Planet in Concert with The Hallé will be for Thursday only. If you have a bluedot VIP weekend ticket you can access VIP on Thursday too.
Is the Thursday VIP offering just for stand-alone Thursday customers?
No, those who wish to extend their bluedot experience and join us from the Thursday can also upgrade to a Thursday VIP ticket for once price.
Please note: If you are not joining us on Thursday, and you are a standard weekend ticket-holder, rest assured that you will still be able to find space for camping. There are large camping fields that won't open until Friday, when the majority of festival-goers will be arriving.
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