Björk confirmed as closing headliner of bluedot 2022

In a UK festival exclusive, bluedot Festival (21-24 July 2022) has announced a unique Björk performance as Sunday night headliner. Limited day tickets and weekend tickets are on sale Friday 3 September, 10am at discoverthebluedot.com

The genre-spanning pioneer will be joined by The Hallé Orchestra at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Jodrell Bank Observatory, accompanied by a projection mapping spectacle.

The audio-visual performance will feature video and animated projections on the iconic Lovell Telescope, for a unique show exclusive to bluedot. This will be the first-time audiences at bluedot have seen the dish of the 76-metre wide Lovell Telescope surface transformed into a gigantic digital artwork.

In a prodigious career extending over four decades Björk has taken popular music far beyond normal convention, winning numerous awards and inspiring generations of artists to push the limits of their creativity. With all arrangements by Björk, the new orchestral audio-visual work promises to be a ground-breaking expression of a life at the cutting edge of experimental music, not to mention an incredible spectacle and a genuine bluedot highlight.

Festival director Ben Robinson said: “After the postponements of the last two summers we wanted to return with something extra special and unique. We spoke to Björk’s team about curating visuals to accompany the show & being the first confirmed artists to project onto the surface of the Lovell Telescope at bluedot festival. Björk and her team are already working on this unique spectacle & we are incredibly grateful for their enthusiasm for making the closing set of bluedot’s return truly unique.”

Teresa Anderson, Director of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement, added: “We’re delighted to welcome bluedot back to its home at Jodrell Bank. Bjork is an artist who works on the creative common ground between art and science so it’s amazing that she will be headlining the festival, here at the UK’s home of Astrophysics. We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone again!”

Bluedot was awarded ‘Best Medium Sized Festival’ at the last UK Festival Awards in 2019 and its return following the pandemic hiatus is hugely anticipated with tickets expected to sell out fast. A limited number of day tickets have been released along with payment plans. Boutique campaign packages are also on sale.

With hundreds of artists and speakers still to be announced across the pantheon of arts, culture, music and science, bluedot 2022 will once again demonstrate why it truly is a festival unlike any other.

bluedot 2022 will be the fifth chapter of the award-winning music, science and culture event at the world-renowned Jodrell Bank Observatory which has seen headline performances from the likes of Kraftwerk 3-DNew OrderThe 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 months. For tickets and information visit: discoverthebluedot.com