New Order and Hot Chip are joining Kraftwerk as headliners at this year’s bluedot (18-21 July 2019), the fourth instalment of the award-winning music, science and culture event at Cheshire’s Jodrell Bank Observatory.
One of the most influential electronic groups of all time, New Order will celebrate a homecoming festival performance on the Sunday night with Hot Chip – and the promise of brand new material – heading up the bill on Friday.
On Thursday night the Lovell Stage will host the Halle Orchestra presents Lift Off, a performance of specially selected sci-fi themes and music related to the Moon accompanied by big screen visuals.
Elsewhere on the line-up is electronic pioneer Jon Hopkins, Mercury nominated poet, playwright and rapper Kate Tempest, alt-electro storyteller John Grant, Welsh psych wizard Gruff Rhys, Grammy nominated producer Jennifer Lee aka TOKIMONSTA and art-rocker Anna Calvi.
Also announced is the first all-female West African supergroup – Les Amazones d’Afrique – featuring Mariam Doumbia of Amadou and Mariam and Angelique Kidjo, techno-dabke from Bjork & Caribou collaborator Omar Souleyman and a DJ set from award-winning actor and activist Maxine Peake.
There will also be late night parties with Attenborough Jungle Boogie featuring visuals and audio samples from the biologist, the Tarantino Disco cutting-up classic soundtracks from the director’s movies and Fleetmac Wood, an AV rave mash-up of hits from the band.
bluedot has also announced the first names from its science and culture programme that this year will be centred around the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
Key speakers include leading science, wildlife and natural history broadcaster Liz Bonnin, Professor of Disability Research Tom Shakespeare and women’s rights activist Dr Helen Pankhurst, as well as bluedot favourites physicist Professor Jim Al-Khalili, spaceflight expert Dr Libby Jackson, TV presenter Dallas Campbell and the return of The Clangers celebrating their 50th anniversary.
The full science, arts and culture programme plus details of the Moon landing celebration will be announced in the coming weeks.