Blue Dot Festival 2024

12:00pm 25 Jul - 11:30pm 28 Jul, 2024
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Jodrell Bank, Cheshire, United Kingdom

Blue Dot Festival 2024: Cheshire’s Festival Combining Music and Science

A recent explosion (sometimes literally) onto the festival scene, Blue Dot Festival is an award-winning festival held at the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre in Macclesfield, Cheshire. Although not often combined, the team at Bluedot Festival have managed to blend the worlds of music, art and science perfectly, with lively music gigs placed alongside in-depth discussions about innovative works of physics and astrology.

Running since 2016, Bluedot’s popularity is increasing year-on-year and with this comes an all-the-more-inspiring line-up. Names such as Brian Cox, Richard Dawkins and Jim Al-Khalili are sure to excite those with an interest in the cosmos and theoretical physics.

‘With world-class speakers, interactive artworks and top headliners, Bluedot has certainly made a name for itself in this niche.’

Despite covering some in-depth academic topics, Bluedot still has a distinctly festival feel. The main stage features festival favourites such as The Chemical Brothers, Hot Chip and Alt-J who put on performances full of lights, pyrotechnics and epic sound.

Where to view Blue Dot Festival

Blue Dot Festival is held at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre (Bomish Lane, Macclesfield, SK11 9DL, United Kingdom). This centre is part of the University of Manchester and is both an observatory and science museum. This is the perfect place for a festival of science that was named after the Pale Blue Dot photograph of Earth taken by the Voyager 1 in 1990!

The Lovell Stage for the Blue Dot Festival lies in the shadow of the Lovell Telescope: a marvel of science that has helped us discover our universe; so, festivalgoers are inspired to contemplate both the stars on stage and those in our galaxy!

How to get to Blue Dot Festival

The Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre can be accessed by car, train or bicycle and more information can be found on the Getting Here section of the Jodrell Bank website.

The site has been designed as fully accessible although it is important to note that due to the types of performances during the weekend you will not be permitted to bring your own chairs into the festival during the Friday-Sunday sessions.

Weekend info packs will become available closer to the festival which will include maps and guides about camping, stages, vendor locations and much more.

Where to stay in Macclesfield

Bluedot Festival offers camping tickets so you can stay and enjoy all the festival activities for the whole weekend. There are BYO or pre-erected camping options available so you can choose the style that best suits you. Main stage gigs finish at 11pm but there are late night sessions that continue until 1-2am each night so staying on site is your best option!

Macclesfield centre (train station) is around 20 minutes away so you’ll need to book a taxi in advance if you plan to stay in the town centre.

Please see the map below which highlights some of the best hotels and apartments in and around Macclesfield.

Things to do at Bluedot

Blue dot Festival has a whole host of activities that will run from Thursday to Sunday of the festival weekend. Activities are suitable for all the family with live science experiments, art workshops, debates, talks, gigs and more!

The full schedule will be announced closer to the time so you can plan out your course of action to ensure you enjoy the variety of things to do across the weekend.

Blue Dot Festival 2024 Dates

Blue Dot Festival will take place between July 25-28, 2024. 

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