Fancy a trip to the stars? Discover other-worldly Bluedot Festival


Held at the Jodrell Bank, Cheshire, came armed this year with Gary Numan, The Flaming Lips and The Chemical Brothers.

But its originality lies in its unwavering dedication to science.

There are a range of talks, workshops and screenings devoted to the subject along with fitting decoration – most notably the giant Earth globe held around four metres above the ground close to the entrance.

This specialism was perhaps best summed up by the queue for author and biologist Richard Dawkins in conversation with physicist Jim Al-Khalili.

It stretched over 100 metres around half an hour before Dawkins had even said a word, and his books could be seen in the hands of some revellers lying in the fields.

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BLUEDOT FESTIVAL: Gary Numan wowed the crowds in Cheshire

The majority of the audience is made up of attendees in their 30s, 40s and children, so a family-friendly vibe washes over the proceedings.

But this is not to say there isn’t a chance to let loose, with dance music available to pummel the eardrums of those braving the early hours.

Cosmic and psychedelic synths were fittingly a regular theme of the festival, with the band Little Cub among treats in the former sound.

International Teachers of Pop were also a hit, too, rocking the Nebula Stage with fun, elaborate dance moves and euphoric synths.

Like a lot of bands here, it was hard to escape a comparison with the track list from Netflix classic Stranger Things, especially with their terrific hit Age of the Train in the latter stages of their set.

And the Hookworms kept the Orbit Stage rocking from Saturday evening with a bustling, loud feast of psychedelic rock.

But for the heavyweight acts, Numan turned out to be the star of the show – swaggering around the Lovell Stage with his band in ripped, khaki-coloured costumes.

There were heavy metal-esque hits from his new album Savage (Songs from a Broken World), but of course room for iconic classics including Cars.

And the food was great, too.

Not content with standard greasy treats for drunk fans, its food stalls served up excellent, restaurant-standard grub.

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POPULAR: Richard Dawkins’ talk with Jim Al-Khalili drew a packed audience

For those suffering beer-fatigue, the Russian Standard Vodka mobile bar proved popular over the weekend with a delicious range of cocktails and a DJ too.

The Blueberry Mule – vodka, Double Dutch soda water, orange blossom sugar, lemon and mint – was my particular favourite, washing down a deceptive amount of alcohol with ease.

Its appearance was its debut at the festival this year, and it will also serve up the Russian spirit at Kendal Calling later this week after previously setting up stall at Latitude.

Scattered across its fields were music fans dressed in space costumes, from Buzz Lightyear to Buzz Aldrin.

But even without an interest in the stars above, enjoyment was clear on the faces of a range of music lovers.

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