Bluedot 2020 goes online for A Weekend in Outer Space

Bluedot 2020 will take the form of a free-to-view online festival following restrictions imposed by coronavirus lockdown.

The Bluedot Festival takes place every year at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire. Credit: Anthony Harvey

The 2020 Bluedot Festival is going online with A Weekend In Outer Space, to be hosted 24 – 26 July 2020.


Rather than taking place at its usual venue, Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, this summer the annual science and music festival’s events will take place online and will be free to view.

All of the acts and science talks that had been planned for Bluedot 2020 have been postponed until 2021, say organisers, when the festival will run as normal from the site at Jodrell Bank.

Online events taking place this weekend include talks by science writer and director Ann Druyan, who will join Brian Cox and Robin Ince.

Other online talks confirmed so far include discussions with physicist and presenter Jim al-Khalili, and SETI specialist Jill Tarter who will be addressing the question ‘will we ever find life beyond Earth?

There will also be  family friendly shows including Clangers and Nordoff Robins.

Rather than the usual live music performances, this year’s online festival will include album listen-alongs and live stream performances from Orbital, Daniel Avery, Roni Size, BCUC and Anna Matronic’s Deep Space Disco.


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Bluedot 2020 weekend in outer space