The award winning bluedot festival will be opening its doors for the first time with Blue Planet in Concert, performed by the Halle to kick off a brand new family four-day format*. The show combines live music against a backdrop of remarkable footage from the original Blue Planet 2001 television series produced by the acclaimed BBC Natural History Unit.
Elsewhere Public Service Broadcasting, Gary Numan, Little Dragon, Roni Size: New Forms Live, Gilles Peterson, Unkle, Booka Shade, The Orb, Adrian Sherwood, Mad Professor, Alexis Taylor, Nadine Shah, Hookworms, Baloji, Vessels, Lost Horizons, Langham Research Centre, Andy Smith’s Reach Up Disco Wonderland, Human After All (A Tribute To Daft Punk), Will Tramp, To Kill A King, Warm Digits, Snapped Ankles, Park Hotel, Akdk, Henge, Future Get Down, Husky Loops, Pink Kink, Jw Ridley, Pearl City, FEHM, Speakmansound, Space Cassette Takeover, Age Of Glass, Barberos and Talos 400 join the biggest bluedot musical lineup to date.
Festival Director, Ben Robinson says:
“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 night opening.*
“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 and enlightening spectacle. It’s going to be truly incredible and a real festival highlight.
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.
The full line up of musical acts for this year is truly spectacular with so many innovators and diverse sounds and shows throughout the weekend.”
With the full lineup still to be announced, this year’s rich culture programme includes talks, screenings and Q&As from the likes of Michael Cumming, A.C Grayling, Jana Winderen, Jez Riley French, Dawn Scarfe, Sonia Levy, Jo Langton, Heather Ross, Emily Richardson, Phoebe Riley Law and Greta Santagata.
There will also be exceptional comedy from David O’Doherty, Cassette Boy, Simon Munnery, Gary Delaney, Jess Fostekew and more to come.