bluedot - photo by Scott Salt

bluedot the multi award-winning carnival of music, science and cosmic culture which takes place at Jodrell Bank from Thursday 20th - Sunday 23 July 2023 - has announced the first wave of artists for this year, with Grace Jones, Pavement, Roisin Murphy and Leftfield joining the already announced Max Richter and the BBC Concert Orchestra at the iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory from 20–23 July 2023. 

Lo-fi pioneers Pavement headline Saturday at bluedot with their only UK performance of 2023. Having headlined Primavera 2022 before embarking on a completely sold-out UK tour that took in four nights at London’s Roundhouse, Pavement are now firmly established as one of indie’s most legendary groups.

Grace Jones has become synonymous with a unique fusion of music, art and fashion that has inspired a new generation of artists. 

Róisín Murphy is set for her first ever festival headline slot. Since achieving international acclaim as one half of Moloko, the defacto queen of electropop has delivered five solo albums, mesmerised audiences across clubland and is now set to open the weekend, with a cosmic dance party to usher in a new era following the success of her Roisin Machine album and tour.

Having been at the cutting-edge of UK electronic music since the mid-90s, Leftfield returned last month with the critically acclaimed This Is What We Do, featuring Lemn Sissay and Fontaines DC’s Grian Chatten. The multiple Mercury Prize nominees have become one of dance music’s most enduring and thrilling live acts, and their headline performance in bluedot’s Orbit arena will be an all out assault of live electronica and AV.

Also announced are Mercury prize winners Young Fathers, art rockers Django Django, feted post-punk four piece Dry Cleaning, Malian desert blues pioneers Tinariwen and experimental rockers Black Country, New Road, plus a Sunday Closing Party headlined by the iconic Annie Mac.

Festival director Ben Robinson said:

As we announce the line-up for the 6th edition of bluedot it’s with great pride in the team behind the show. From day one the festival has been ambitious in its programming and mission. Looking at the scale of iconic talent, breadth of genres & one off moments it really has matured into a very special vent. Thanks to everyone who’s continued to support the idea of bluedot, we look forward to gathering together again beneath the telescope with you all.

Ticket Information

Tickets for bluedot go on sale Friday 27th Jan at 10:00 am 

To register for pre sale access visit the bluedot site

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