Kraftwerk 3-D bluedot Jodrell Bank

Kraftwerk 3-D announced as Bluedot 2019 Saturday headliner

21st November 2018 Off By

Kraftwerk have been revealed as the first headliner for bluedot 2019, the fourth instalment of the award-winning music, science and culture event at Cheshire’s iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory.

The influential German act will bring a special 3-D live performance to bluedot for it’s first UK headline festival performance following a limited number of sell-out UK theatre shows and special appearances at the Bilbao Guggenheim, New York’s Museum of Modern Art and London’s Tate Modern Turbine Hall.

Bringing together music and performance art, Kraftwerk 3-D concerts are a true “Gesamtkunstwerk – a total work of art.”

Weekend and day tickets will be available from Friday 23 November at 10am, from the official Bluedot website.

In 2014 Ralf Hütter and his former partner were honoured with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and in January of this year Kraftwerk won a Grammy (best dance/electronic album) for “3-D The Catalogue” – a high-tech recreation of their back albums and the soundtrack to the live show they will be bringing to bluedot in July.

bluedot 2019 is the fourth instalment of the groundbreaking event which has seen headline performances from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Pixies, The Flaming Lips, Underworld and Jean-Michel Jarre, plus high-profile talks with Brian Cox, Richard Dawkins, Alice Roberts Dallas Campbell.

Last year also saw a bluedot residency with The Radiophonic Workshop.

The first wave of bluedot 2019 artists will be revealed in January 2019.

Bluedot Flaming Lips Jodrell Bank
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bluedot: further information

Entering its fourth-year bluedot is an award-winning independent festival by From the Fields – owners and organisers of Kendal Calling and Off the Record – and Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.

With a mandate to provide amazing, challenging and entertaining content for all the family, bluedot fuses an incredible mix of artists, speakers, scientists and performers into an event unlike any on earth.

About Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

The University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory is the home of the world-famous Lovell Telescope and operates e-MERLIN, the UK’s national radio astronomy facility linking seven radio telescopes over 217km.

The Lovell Telescope, which dominates the site, was the world’s largest telescope when it was completed in 1957. It is now more powerful than ever and has become an icon of science & engineering.

The Discovery Centre at Jodrell Bank welcomes around 185,000 visitors each year, including 26,000 school pupils on educational visits.

It showcases the heritage of the site and the research work of the University’s Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics to a wide audience and aims to inspire the next generation of scientists & engineers. 

Bluedot 2017 Orbital
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Did you know…

When the Lovell Telescope was built in 1957 it was by far the largest telescope in the world. It was at risk of not being completed because it had run far over budget.

The miracle that saved it was the launch of the first satellite on October 4th 1957, Sputnik 1, which it tracked by radar, making it world famous. 

Although it had been intended for astronomy, the tracking of Sputnik led to it playing a key role in the space race, tracking both American and Russian spacecraft. It was even on standby as the UK’s early warning system against nuclear missile attack during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

At 76 metres in diameter, the Lovell Telescope is now the third largest steerable telescope in the world after the Effelsberg Radio Telescope in Germany and the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope in the USA. Both are 100 metres in diameter.

The Lovell Telescope is so sensitive that using mobile phones on the site is normally forbidden. Even the microwave oven in the staff tea room is shielded inside a metal box to prevent interference. 

The Lovell Telescope tracked the Soviet craft Luna 9 in February 1966, the first spacecraft to make a soft landing on the Moon. The telescope was used to hack into its signal and print the very first picture from the moon’s surface on a fax machine borrowed from the Daily Express. 

The astronomers at Jodrell Bank also had a major role in the discovery and identification of quasars (QUASi-stellAR radio source). These are powered by interstellar dust and gas falling into super-massive black holes at the centres of distant galaxies.

Jodrell Bank was also instrumental in discovering the first gravitational lens – the warping of space-time around massive objects. This discovery is a major plank in the evidence for Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

Astronomers also use the Lovell Telescope to investigate pulsars – the extremely dense remnants of stars left over from supernova explosions. They emit beams of radio waves so that, as they spin, they flash like cosmic lighthouses.

The Telescope is regularly linked up with others across the UK in the e-MERLIN network, which increases the sharpness of its view, and to large radio telescopes across Europe and beyond in the European VLBI Network.

Kraftwerk Bluedot
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Other cultural facts

The Lovell and Mark II Telescopes at Jodrell Bank are Grade I listed buildings and the Observatory has been nominated by the UK Government for World Heritage Site status.

The Observatory regularly features in the media, including playing host to the BBC series Stargazing Live.

In Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Jodrell Bank scientists missed the alien invasion because they were having a cup of tea.

Jodrell Bank has a history of association with music being the location for videos by iconic Manchester band Doves, Placebo, Public Service Broadcasting and Brian Cox’s D:Ream. Elbow recorded an album and DVD of their 2012 performance “Live at Jodrell Bank”.

In a 1981 episode of Doctor Who, the Doctor’sfourth incarnation, played by Tom Baker, fell to his death from a walkway at the Lovell Telescope. He regenerated into Peter Davison.

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