The line up for Jodrell Bank’s Bluedot festival, taking place from 19th-22nd July 2018 has been announced.
International artists such as Chemical Brothers and Flaming Lips top the bill at the award-winning celebration of music and science.
The Halle Orchestra will also be performing, playing live against a backdrop of footage from the original Blue Planet 2001 series, along with Gary Numan, Unkle, The Orb and Public Service Broadcasting.
Ben Robinson, festival director, said: “Heading into our third year we really wanted to go above and beyond and we’re absolutely delighted to announce Blue Planet in Concert for our new Thursday slot.
“Our mission is to not only erode the boundaries between science, culture, art and technology but to also highlight the beauty and fragility of our planet Earth, and what a better way to achieve this by opening proceedings with such a remarkable spectacle.”
Ben added: “To be able to offer to these curious minds the return of The Flaming Lips is one thing but to set the stage for The Chemical Brothers to showcase their innovative and ever evolving artistry as both musical innovators and purveyors of world class light and visual stage productions is a true honour and will be a weekend not to miss.”
There will also be talks, workshops and experiments exploring the latest scientific discoveries going on throughout the event alongside discussions around climate change combined with the opportunity to pose life’s big questions to leading researchers.
Prof Teresa Anderson, director of the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, said: “The science and culture programme at Bluedot is going from strength to strength.
“This year we are delighted to welcome some of the UK’s best-known scientists and writers, discussing the latest developments in areas ranging from quantum biology to wildlife conservation.”
Professor Tim O’Brien, associate director of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, added: “Bluedot is a unique opportunity to combine a love of music with curiosity about the universe, all taking place alongside the fabulous Lovell Telescope – itself a symbol of humanity’s ingenuity and will to explore. It’s going to be another classic.”