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Music at bluedot

The Lovell Stage

The Lovell Stage is the hub of the bluedot universe, and our main music arena. Situated in the shadow of the mighty Lovell telescope, the stage references the iconic structure that has been at the very centre of humanity’s quest for discovery in the known universe and beyond. The line-up for the Lovell Stage has been carefully curated to reflect and celebrate the visionary innovator Bernard Lovell and his soaring achievements, inviting the audience to consider humankind’s obsession with the heavens, and with what lies beyond the stars. The likes of The Chemical Brothers, The Flaming Lips, The Halle Orchestra, Jean Michel Jarre, Underworld, Caribou, Pixies, Orbital, Future Islands and Alt-J have all graced our main stage underneath the iconic Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank.


Featuring an eclectic mixture of artists, Orbit invites you to journey through the medium of cutting edge sounds, well into the night. Orbit provides a platform for some of the most dynamic and thought-provoking international acts currently available in this planetary system, with previous live guests including Unkle, Floating Points, Soulwax, DJ Shadow, Slowdive, Mercury Rev, Booka Shade, Vitalic, Leftfield, George Fitzgerald, The Big Moon, British Sea Power, Sundara Karma, and an all-star cast of cutting-edge DJs including Gilles Peterson, Ben UFO, Nightmares on Wax, Beyond The Wizards Sleeve and more.

Mission Control

Once the sun goes down, Mission Control becomes our all-night dance venue, with a host of renowned DJs and electronic artists including Joy Orbison, Helena Hauff, Craig Charles, Mr Scruff, Andy Votel, DJ Yoda, Unabombers and Steve Davis having passed through its doors.


Nebula is where new stars are born, voyaging into deep space, exploring strange new soundscapes and observing exotic aural lifeforms as they intrigue, manipulate and distort your very understanding of musical structures. Nebula will envelop you in a pulsating cloud of experimental, cutting-edge sounds and performances designed to stimulate your body and expand your mind. Joe Goddard, Let's Eat Grandma, Cabbage, The Lucid Dream, Henge, Space Cassette and Dream Wife have all taken bluedot to new heights in Nebula.


Some of humankind’s earliest innovations emerged within the fields of music, storytelling and acoustic instrumentation. Celebrating these early pioneers, and the rich soul and musical traditions that have endured for millennia is Roots, a stage with its feet firmly on the ground but with a soul soaring in the skies above. Produced in partnership with Arts Council England and Manchester’s iconic venue Band on the Wall, bluedot brings together a vibrant programme of live music from around the world to Roots. Previous guests include Late Night Tales, Juanita Stein, Baloji, Mi Mye, Ardyn, Francis Lung and Barry Hyde (The Futureheads).