Official Partner

Bluedot Festival 2018

  • Macclesfield, United Kingdom
  • 20-22 July 2018
  • Alternative
  • Electronic
  • Indie
  • +2
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Explore music, science, arts, technology, culture, food and film

Bluedot is an award-winning music, arts and science festival at the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre near Macclesfield. 

Set against the backdrop of the iconic Lovell Telescope, Bluedot combines an indie and alternative music lineup with an innovative programme of live science experiments, expert talks and immersive artworks.

The last edition's lineup included music from alt-J, Orbital and the Pixies, alongside an incredible array of talent from across the scientific, literary and arts communities. 

Five distinct arenas showcased talks, film screenings, lectures, comedy, debates and a wide variety of interactive and immersive activities such as art installations, robot workshops, a planetarium, the Galaxy Garden, pulsar hunting, graphene making classes and much, much more.



  • The Chemical Brothers
  • The Flaming Lips
  • Future Islands
  • Gary Numan
  • Helena Hauff
  • Public Service Broadcasting
  • Little Dragon
  • Slowdive


  • Blue Planet In Concert with the Hallé Orchestra
  • Laura Misch

  • The Flaming Lips
  • Public Service Broadcasting
  • Roni Size: Nu Forms [live]
  • Bugged Out! Takeover
  • Adrian Sherwood
  • Alexis Taylor
  • To Kill a King
  • Joy Orbison
  • Not Waving [live]
  • Lemmy Ashton
  • Holly Lester
  • Mad Professor
  • Reach Up Disco Wonderland
  • Ana Matronic [DJ set]

  • Future Islands
  • Gary Numan
  • Radiophonic Workshop (Onsite Workshop + Live)
  • Helena Hauff
  • Booka Shade
  • Nadine Shah
  • Baloji
  • Vessels
  • FEHM
  • Look Mum No Computer
  • Age of Glass
  • Barberos
  • Talos 4000
  • Speakman Sound
  • Ralph Lawson
  • Kerouac
  • Lamb
  • The Long Now
  • Plastic Mermaids
  • Banana Hill DJs
  • Pearl City
  • Warmduscher
  • Space Cassette Takeover
  • Thomas Ragsdale
  • Game_Program
  • Gilles Peterson

  • The Chemical Brothers
  • Lost Horizons
  • Warm Digits
  • Park Hotel
  • AK/DK
  • JW Ridley
  • Snapped Ankles
  • Future Get Down
  • Husky Loops
  • Little Dragon
  • Slowdive
  • George FitzGerald [live]
  • The Orb
  • Acid Mothers Temple
  • Pink Kink
  • Re-TROS
  • Human After All (A Tribute to Daft Punk)
  • Langham Research Centre
  • Boy Azooga
  • Drahla
  • Chaouche
  • Henge
  • Hello Cosmos
  • Crazy P [live]
  • Craig Charles' Space Funk Odyssey
  • Vessels

The Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre is an educational observatory museum with science exhibits and the Lovell Radio Telescope. The centre is part of the University of Manchester. 


Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Bomish Lane, Macclesfield, SK11 9DL, United Kingdom


Jodrell Bank is approximately: 

30 minutes from Manchester.

50 minutes from Liverpool.

17 minutes from Macclesfield.

Macclesfield train station is the nearest train station to the festival, and is on the West Coast line. The station is a 20 minute taxi ride to the site.

All ages are welcome at Bluedot. With experiments, workshops, activities happening each day that the whole family can enjoy together, Bluedot is the perfect place for all ages to enjoy themselves while being safe and sound.