Bluedot 2019 lineup announced
The Bluedot science and music festival returns this summer to Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire.
The Bluedot science and music festival returns this summer for a weekend of camping, science talks and live music at the famous Jodrell Bank Observatory, located in the Cheshire countryside.
Bluedot 2019 will take place over 18-21 July and will feature scientists, astronomers and cosmologists discussing and debating the hot topics of the year.
This year's science speakers will include BBC Stargazing Live's Liz Bonin, women's rights activist Helen Pankhurst, physicist and author Jim Al-Khalili, author Libby Jackson of the UK Space Agency, Professor of Disability Research Tom Shakespeare, plus writer and presenter Dallas Campbell.
The music acts at Bluedot 2019 will be headlined by New Order, Hot Chip and Kraftwerk.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11, Bluedot organisers say this year will have a special focus on the moonlandings and their effect on human spaceflight.
The Halle Orchestra will present Lift Off, a performance of sci-fi themes and music related to the Moon, accompanied by screen visuals.
Further details on the science and music acts appearing at this year's festival will be appearing in the coming weeks.
Iain Todd is BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Staff Writer. He fell in love with the night sky when he caught his first glimpse of Orion, aged 10.