The science and culture festival will return next July.
Announcing the headliner’s just this week, bluedot Festival’s return will see the iconic Björk perform in a uniquely commissioned performance alongside Manchester’s famed Halle Orchestra. Originally set to grace the stage back in 2020, the performance is set to be the world’s first audio-visual orchestral show – taking place at Cheshire’s iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory.
One of the most influential artists of all time, Björk will close the festival on the Sunday evening, performing much-loved hits with the orchestra, with all arrangements by the artist herself. The audio-visual performance will feature video and animated projections on the iconic Lovell Telescope, for a unique show that will be 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.
Marking the fifth instalment of the festival, attendees can expect an array of fantastic headlining acts such as Kraftwerk 3-D, New Order, The Chemical Brothers, Pixies, The Flaming Lips, Underworld andJean-Michel Jarre, plus high-profile talks from Brian Cox, Helen Sharman, Alice Roberts and Richard Dawkins.
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!”
bluedot Festival will return to Cheshire 21-24 July 2022, with more exciting announcements set to be unveiled soon. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, 3rd September at 10am, and you can get yours here.