|Genre||Rock / Indie / Dance / Folk / Comedy / Electro|
|Dates||Third weekend of July (4 days)|
|Location(s)||Jodrell Bank Observatory, the Lower Withington, Cumbria, England|
|Years active||Since 2016|
Bluedot is an award-winning music festival held annually at Jodrell Bank Observatory. Formed from the Live At Jodrell Bank events - which featured Sigur Ros, Elbow and The Flaming Lips - Bluedot is a four-day, 15,000 capacity event featuring music, arts, science and 'cosmic culture'. In 2018, the festival featured headline music acts The Halle Orchestra (performing Blue Planet), The Flaming Lips, Future Islands and The Chemical Brothers, alongside talks and appearances from Richard Dawkins, Jim Al-Khalili, Alice Roberts, Dallas Campbell and more.
In its first year (2016), Bluedot was awarded 'New Festival on the Block' and 'Mind Blowing Spectacle' for Brian Eno's Light Installation at the Association of Independent Festivals Awards, and was shortlisted in six categories at the UK Festival Awards.
The first Bluedot took place on 22-24 July 2016 and was headlined by music acts Underworld, Jean Michel-Jarre and Caribou, alongside DJ Shadow, The Infinite Monkey Cage (featuring Brian Cox and Robin Ince), Helen Keen and more. The event capacity was 7,500, and reviews were the inaugural event were overwhelmingly positive – The Guardian described Bluedot's "unique charm" suggesting "few events could lay claim to chime quite so well with their surroundings" as well as Bluedot. 
The 2017 festival took place on 7-9 July, with headline acts including Pixies, Leftfield, Orbital and alt-J alongside appearances from David Prowse (aka Darth Vader) and Brian Muir, representatives of the British Antarctic Survey and more. Bluedot 2017 was attended by over 9,500.
Bluedot 2018 - taking place on 19-22 July - was the first event over four nights, with The Halle Orchestra headlining Thursday with a live accompaniment to Blue Planet. The Flaming Lips, Future Islands and The Chemical Brothers headlined the Lovell Stage, with appearances from Richard Dawkins, Jim Al-Khalili, Dallas Campbell and more. Bluedot 2018 was awarded 4/5 in The Guardian and The Times. Following the festival, a limited number of Super Early Birds for Bluedot 2019 sold out in record time.
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