Bluedot Festival 2016

Bluedot Festival 2016

July 22, 2016 - July 24, 2016
July 22, 2016 - July 24, 2016


Bluedot Festival is an intergalactic festival held at the Jodrell Bank Observatory which includes music, science, arts, technology, culture, food and film.

Brought to you by the team behind Live From Jodrell Bank. Bluedot’s mission is to entertain and inspire through a full weekend of ground breaking encounters, including performances, DJ sets, comedy, talks, workshops and live experiments.

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Jean Michel Jarre
Composer, performer, music producer
bornAugust 24, 1948
Lyon, France
Dan Snaith
musician, mathematician
DJ Shadow
Trip-hop DJ
bornJune 29, 1972
San Jose, California, USA
French musician

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Jean Michel Jarre (born Jean-Michel André Jarre, pronounced: [ʒɑ̃ miʃɛl ɑ̃dʁe ʒaʁ]; 24 August 1948) is a French composer, performer, and music producer. He is a pioneer in the electronic, ambient, and new-age genres, and known as an organiser of outdoor spectacles of his music featuring lights, laser displays, and fireworks.

Jarre was raised in Lyon by his mother and grandparents, and trained on the piano. From an early age he was introduced to a variety of art forms, including those of street performers, jazz musicians, and the artist Pierre Soulages. He played guitar in a band, but his musical style was perhaps most heavily influenced by Pierre Schaeffer, a pioneer of musique concrète at the Groupe de Recherches Musicales.

His first mainstream success was the 1976 album Oxygène. Recorded in a makeshift studio at his home, the album sold an estimated 12 million copies. Oxygène was followed in 1978 by Équinoxe, and in 1979 Jarre performed to a record-breaking audience of more than a million people at the Place de la Concorde, a record he has since broken three times. More albums were to follow, but his 1979 concert served as a blueprint for his future performances around the world. Several of his albums have been released to coincide with large-scale outdoor events, and he is now perhaps as well known as a performer as he is as a musician.

As of 2004 Jarre had sold an estimated 80 million albums. He was the first Western musician officially invited to perform in the People's Republic of China, and holds the world record for the largest-ever audience at an outdoor event.


Daniel Victor "Dan" Snaith (born 1978) is a Canadian composer, musician and recording artist who has performed under the stage names Caribou, Manitoba and Daphni.


Air is a music duo from Versailles, France, consisting of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel.[4]

Air's debut EP, Premiers Symptômes, was followed by the critically acclaimed album Moon Safari, the re-release of Premiers Symptômes, The Virgin Suicides score, and subsequently albums 10 000 Hz Legend, Everybody Hertz, Talkie Walkie, Pocket Symphony, Love 2 and Le voyage dans la lune.

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Science & Tech14


Cosmic Culture11

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Jodrell Bank Observatory
The Jodrell Bank Observatory is a British observatory that hosts a number of radio telescopes, and is part of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester. The observatory was established in 1945 by Sir Bernard Lovell, a radio astronomer at the University of Manchester who wanted to investigate cosmic rays after his work on radar during the Second World War. It has since played an important role in the research of meteors, quasars, pulsars, masers and gravitational lenses, and was heavily involved with the tracking of space probes at the start of the Space Age.


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News Articles10

Dad says 'family-friendly' Bluedot Festival was ruined by scores of people smoking cannabis
Manchester Evening News  –  July 25, 2016
A dad has hit out after claiming scores of people were smoking drugs at a ‘family friendly’ music and science festival. Lee Taylor, 46, took his partner and six-year-old daughter to Bluedot Festival held at the Jodrell Bank observatory in Cheshire this ...
Summer Vibes!
BBC  –  July 23, 2016
Are you listening from Secret Garden Party? Off to Bluedot festival at Jodrell Bank? Let us know! If you're tuned in at home, we'll be encouraging you to take us for a walk this morning, as part of the BBC's 'Make Your Move' campaign. Nothing too heavy ...
Jean Michel Jarre: Writing collaborations broke 'solitary process'
BBC  –  July 23, 2016
The 67-year-old, in the UK to headline Cheshire's Bluedot festival, recently released the second part of his collaborative project, Electronica. It saw him composing with the likes of director John Carpenter, rock group Primal Scream and techno DJ Jeff Mills.
Brian Eno interview: 'when he sang, David Bowie became a different person'
Daily Telegraph  –  July 23, 2016
His latest venture is the Zenith. Created for this weekend’s Bluedot Festival at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire, it’s a spectacular light installation which will be projected onto the Lovell Telescope. The Zenith plugs directly into Eno’s innate sense of ...
Jean Michel Jarre: Writing collaborations broke 'solitary process'. South Carolina SC  –  July 22, 2016
French legend Jean Michel Jarre worked with guest acts on his newest albums because musicians have develop into “isolated in our home studios”.The 67-year-old, within the UK to headline Cheshire’s Bluedot festival, just lately released the second ...
Children events are out of this world at Bluedot festival
Macclesfield Express  –  July 22, 2016
Children will get the chance to hold a piece of the moon as part of a line-up of family events announced for the new Bluedot festival. The three-day festival of science, culture and music in the grounds of the Jodrell Bank observatory has revealed details ...
Festival team will be reaching for stars
The Bolton News  –  July 21, 2016
IT is the only music festival to be supported by the UK Space Agency. And it is definitely the only event in the country to feature an art installation by Brian Eno beamed onto a 76m telescope used during the Space Race. Suffice to say Bluedot Festival at ...
No Man’s Sky Interview: Making Music for an Infinite Universe with 65daysofstatic’s Joe Shrewsbury
DualShockers  –  July 21, 2016
65daysofstatic will be performing the music of No Man’s Sky starting with a performance at the Bluedot Festival in Jodrell Bank, UK on July 24th, while the European tour will begin performances starting October 2016. Details on performances outside of ...
What's On North 21-28 Jul: Bluedot
the Skinny  –  July 21, 2016
Festival season's coming up trumps this week, churning out the brand new bluedot, LIMF, Tramlines, Manchester Jazz Festival, a celebration of Star Trek's 50th birthday and, believe it or not, more. It's also National Tequila Day, so let's drink to that.
Astrophysics professor creates 'stellar' remix of space sounds
Phys  –  July 18, 2016
Tim O'Brien, Jim Spencer, David Tolan and Dan Tombs will be talking about how they created the track at the Bluedot Festival at Jodrell Bank on 22nd July.

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