Bluedot unveils huge lineup for ‘A Weekend In Outer Space’ festival in July

Elbow, Orbital and Daniel Avery will all star on the bill for a virtual weekend event hosted by science and music festival Bluedot.

The three-day, intergalactic-style showcase will also feature live performances from Roni Size, BCUC and Ana Matronic’s Deep Space Disco, as well as interviews and panels including Brian Cox, Ann Druyan and Jim al-Khalili.

Musician Tim Burgess will be joined by New Order, Metronomy and Ibibio Sound Machine for album listen-alongs, with immersive ‘journey to outer space’ and ‘return to Earth’ shows hosted by Henge.


Aiming to take the Jodrell Bank experience online after the popular festival was cancelled due to coronavirus, ‘A Weekend In Outer Space’ is free to view and will include music, science talks, culture and family shows.

The event – which will take off on 24 July and run right through the weekend – is raising money for Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre; the award-winning science centre at the observatory which is currently closed.

The Discovery Centre is part of The University of Manchester and a registered charity – attracting more 1.3 million visitors since 2011.

Over 85% of its income is generated from admission, gift shop and cafe sales – and fans can support the centre by contributing to the fundraiser online.

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Bluedot 2020 has been postponed to July 2021, with Bjork, Groove Armada and Metronomy confirmed as headliners.

Discover more about ‘A Weekend In Outer Space’ on the official website.

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