Taking place 18-21 July, bluedot – the award-winning festival that fuses music, science and culture at Cheshire’s Jodrell Bank Observatory – has today announced that BBC Sounds will be the broadcast partner for the festival, with BBC Radio 6 Music broadcasting live from the festival site for the first time.
6 Music presenters Shaun Keaveny and Radcliffe & Maconie will be bringing their shows to the festival, featuring live music performances, artists interviews and guests. Shaun will be broadcasting at bluedot on Friday 19 July, 1-4pm, with guests including Brian Eno who will be talking about his brand new live artwork, designed specifically for Jodrell Bank. Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie will be presenting a special ‘late’ edition of their breakfast show to festival goers and listeners on Saturday 20 July, 1-4pm.
BBC Radio Manchester will also broadcast live from bluedot – bringing both Mike Sweeney and Phil Trow live on the Friday and Saturday of the festival. Radio Manchester will also stage a takeover at bluedot between 12pm to 3pm on the Saturday afternoon as the team behind BBC Music Introducing in Manchester showcase unsigned bands from the Greater Manchester area – a first for both bluedot and for BBC Radio Manchester. The highlights of the BBC Music Introducing takeover will be broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester 8pm-10pm on Saturday 19July. Listeners will be able to tune into Mike Sweeney on Friday 18 July 9am-midday and Phil Trow on Saturday 19 July 9am-midday.
BBC Education is also set to attend the festival capturing the careers of people in the music industry for BBC Bitesize. Along with BBC Music Introducing, Bitesize will highlight the many and varied careers on offer in the music industry today.
BBC North West will be filming at bluedot for an episode of regional current affairs series Inside Out which will celebrate the role Jodrell Bank and the Lovell Telescope played in the historic Apollo Moon Landing 50 years ago. The film will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer later in the year.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing bluedot has revealed an incredible line-up with Kraftwerk, Hot Chip, New Order, Jon Hopkins, John Grant, Kate Tempest, Jarvis Cocker andAnna Calvi leading the musical bill while Britain’s first astronaut Helen Sharman, activist Helen Pankhurst, Liz Bonnin, James Burke and Associate Director of Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics Professor Tim O’Brien represent on the science and culture programme.
More details about the onsite BBC Sounds schedule will be revealed in the coming weeks.
To buy tickets, visit the official bluedot Skiddle page. All purchases are covered by a 72 hour cool-off period during which a full refund is available.
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