Science lineup announced for Bluedot Festival 2020

The science and music lineup for the 2020 Bluedot Festival at Jodrell Bank has been revealed, with Tim Peake and Ann Druyan set to appear.

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

UK astronaut Tim Peake and Ann Druyan (co-creator of Carl Sagan’s iconic science TV series Cosmos) are among the science speakers confirmed for this year’s Bluedot Festival at Jodrell Bank Observatory in rural Cheshire.


Björk, Groove Armada and Metronomy will headline the music stages.

Bluedot takes place every year at Jodrell Bank, and this year will run from 23-26 July 2020.

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Kids enjoying bubble blowing at Bluedot 2017.
Kids enjoying bubble blowing at Bluedot 2017.

Science talks at Bluedot 2020 will focus on futurology, consciousness, artificial intelligence and deep space.

Tim Peake will take to the stage for one of the festival’s Dot Talks, discussing his experiences as an astronaut and life onboard the International Space Station.

Ann Druyan, who co-created Cosmos and the film Contact with Carl Sagan, will take part in a In Conversation event at the festival, discussing her career as a writer, producer and director, as well as the Creative Director behind NASA’s Voyager Interstellar Message Project.

Space Station Earth is an immersive journey into space using real footage from space missions, presenting the audience with a realistic look at the Universe from an astronaut’s perspective.

Other science speakers include The Sky at Night’s Chris Lintott, the UK Space Agency’s Libby Jackson and planetary scientist Monica Grady.

Other science speakers include Andy Miah, Chris Newman and Julia Steinberger, Chris Jones, Daniel M Davis, Eric Drass, Stephen Wilkins, Chris Parkes, Katie Mack and Jim Wild.

Extra Terrestrial Intelligence expert Jill Tarter will be live streaming during the festival.

There will also be live stage shows celebrating the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the legacy of David Bowie and performances by comedians Phil Jupitus and Adam Buxton.

And UK band British Sea Power will perform a live soundtrack to Out Of The Present, a feature film covering the story of the Soviet Union’s Mir space station.

Kraftwerk performing at the Bluedot Festival 2019. Credit: Lucas Sinclair
Kraftwerk performing at Bluedot Festival 2019. Credit: Lucas Sinclair

Björk is set to close the festival with a performance alongside the Halle Orchestra of Manchester, accompanied by light projections onto the dish of the famous Lovell Telescope.

Groove Armada have been confirmed to headline the music stage on the Friday night, with indie-electro act Metronomy following suit on Saturday night.

Other acts confirmed for Bluedot 2020 include Spiritualized, Squarepusher, Pussy Riot, EOB (a solo project by Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien), Tim Burgess and Tangerine Dream.

Bluedot takes place every summer at Jodrell Bank Observatory, one of the most famous observatories in the world and home to the Lovell Telescope.

It is also the global headquarters of the upcoming Square Kilometer Array experiment located in South Africa and Australia.


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