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The Chemical Brothers & The Flaming Lips: Bluedot Announces Its 2018 Lineup

Bluedot Festival 2019

Bluedot Festival 2019

Macclesfield, United Kingdom


The Chemical Brothers, The Flaming Lips and Future Islands will head up the bill for this summer's Bluedot Festival.

The music and science festival, held at the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre near Maccelsfield, will also see performances from the likes of Gary Numan, Little Dragon, Lost Horizons and Roni Size.

Opening the festival, however, will be a special performance by the Halle Orchestra, who will perform Blue Planet in Concert. The renowned Manchester orchestra will play out in front of footage from the original 2001 BBC series.

Ben Robinson, festival director, said on the booking: "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."

Needing no introduction, The Chemical Brothers have become one the past decades most influential electronic duos, with a string of number one albums and singles. 

Psychedelic American poppers The Flaming Lips return after first performing at the festival seven years ago, while Future Islands are now one of the world's best regarded live acts.

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.”


Bluedot Festival will take place on 20-22 July 2018. Find out more on our guide, and book your tickets and extras to this year's festival here.

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