Bluedot 2020 reveals Bjork, Groove Armada, Metronomy, Spiritualized for Jodrell Bank festival


Bluedot 2019

Bluedot reveal interstellar line up with Tangerine Dream, Ride, Daniel Avery and Anna Meredith also on the bill, Getintothis’ Peter Guy is sent into orbit with this mind-blowing offering.

Bluedot 2020 has revealed Björk, Groove Armada and Metronomy as headliners for the fifth instalment of the Jodrell Bank Observatory event on July 23-26.

Björk’s festival exclusive set will close Bluedot with a uniquely commissioned performance alongside Manchester’s Halle Orchestra featuring bespoke projections on the Lovell Telescope.

Fellow headliners Metronomy take to the main stage on Saturday with Groove Armada kick-starting the headlining party on Friday.

Other confirmed acts on the top table include Spiritualized, Roisin Murphy, Squarepusher, Tangerine Dream, Ride, Daniel Avery.

There’s also live music from EOB (the new solo project of Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien), Seth Troxler’s new Lost Souls of Saturn project, HAAI, BC Camplight, Anna Meredith.


Also on the bill are Henge, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Pussy Riot, BCUC, Sinkane, Chk Chk Chk, Tourist, Pongo, Tim Burgess, The Lovely Eggs, Fatoumata Diawara, A Certain Ratio, Onipa, Lanterns On The Lake, Rosie Lowe, Homoelectric Nihiloxica, All We Are, Melt Yourself Down and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets.

Getintothis specials – top 10 Bjork career retrospective and Spiritualized top 10

Elsewhere on the line-up are 808 State, Crazy P, A Guy Called Gerald, Oh My God! It’s The Church, Liz Lawrence, Dry Cleaning, Los Bitchos, Just Mustard, Julia Bardo, Black Futures, Mark Radcliffe’s UNE, Porridge Radio, Intergalactic Republic of Kongo, Plastic Mermaids, Lazarus Kane, Holodrum, Sinead O’Brien, Ttrruuces, The Goa Express, Otis Mensah, Robin Richards, The Starlight Magic Hour and Indian Queens.

Anna Meredith

Leading the late night parties is DJ Yoda presents Stranger Things while Henge [DJ set], Too Many Man, DJ Acid Rephlux, Regal Disco, DJ Riv, Princess Leia & Han Solo’s Wedding Disco, Discolypso, Good Afternoon DJ’s and DJ Fallback join the festivities.

The culture and science programme includes Dot Talks on futurology, consciousness, artificial intelligence and the depths of space via astrophysics and astronomy with the full details announced in Spring.

Culture offerings include Celebrating 42: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Live, a stage show featuring series performers and producers, written especially for Bluedot; Is David Bowie a God? a comedic, musical exploration of the legend’s messianic status; the Pankhurst Sessions, a programme of talks, panels and screening curated by the activist and great grand-daughter of Suffragettes leader, Helen Pankhurst.

Henge – Mark Holt

Also announced are performances by Phil Jupitus as the festivals artist-in-residence and British comedian, actor and director Adam Buxton.

Bluedot 2020 is the fifth chapter of the event which has seen headline performances from the likes of Kraftwerk 3-D, New Order, The Chemical Brothers, Pixies, The Flaming Lips, Underworld and Jean-Michel Jarre, plus high-profile talks from Brian Cox, Helen Sharman, Alice Roberts and Richard Dawkins.

The full science, arts and culture and family programmes will be announced in the coming weeks.

Here’s a gallery of last year’s action.