THE popular Bluedot Festival has confirmed the final exciting line-up for this summer’s carnival of music, science and cosmic culture.

The family-friendly event will see 80s icon Grace Jones, electropop queen Roisin Murphy, Indie rock band Pavement and electronic duo Leftfield on stage.

Max Richter and the BBC Concert Orchestra will join the stars at the iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory from July 20-23, 2023.

Warrington Guardian: Bluedot returns to Jodrell Bank Observatory this summerBluedot returns to Jodrell Bank Observatory this summer (Image: bluedot)

Lo-fi pioneers Pavement headline Saturday with their only UK performance of 2023.

Having headlined Primavera 2022 before embarking on a completely sold-out UK tour at London’s Roundhouse, Pavement are now firmly established as one of indie’s most legendary groups.

Warrington Guardian: The iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory celebrates scienceThe iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory celebrates science (Image: bluedot)

A cultural icon and one of the most influential musicians of her generation, Grace Jones needs no introduction.

This will be Grace’s only northern show of the summer.

Warrington Guardian: This will be Grace Jones' only northern show this summerThis will be Grace Jones' only northern show this summer (Image: web)

Following her curation of London’s Meltdown Festival last year, her influence has made her a towering figure of pop for over six decades.

From the classic beats of Slave To The Rhythm and Pull Up To The Bumper to her gold-selling most recent album Hurricane, Grace has become synonymous with a unique fusion of music, art and fashion that has inspired a new generation of artists.

Bluedot is delighted to host the incredible Róisín Murphy in her first ever festival headline slot.

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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.

Festival director Ben Robinson said: “As we announce the line-up for the sixth 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.”

Warrington Guardian: The award-winning festival has plenty to suit all agesThe award-winning festival has plenty to suit all ages (Image: bluedot)

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 will also be performing.

Nubya Garcia, Georgia, Max Cooper (3D AV), David Holmes, Beak>, Gwenno, Teleman, CMAT, Lava La Rue, Big Joanie, Skinny Pelembe, Scalping, Westerman, Belief, Pictish Trail, Divorce, Madmadmad and Radiophonic Workshop also join the first wave of the festival’s music line-up.

Bluedot has also revealed the first science names visiting the UNESCO world heritage site, including BBC Sky at Night’s Chris Lintott and Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Brainiac Live and renowned climate change researcher and author Mike Berners-Lee.

UK Space Agency’s Libby Jackson OBE and The Open University’s Professor of Planetary and Space Science Monica Grady CBE will also return to the festival.

The full science bill will be revealed in the coming weeks.

There is also a first taste of the culture and comedy line-up including a David Bowie special edition of Adam Buxton’s Bug!, a screening and in-conversation with Moonage Daydream director, writer and producer Brett Morgan.

An afternoon with White Rabbit Books featuring talks with Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite, Lias Saoudi of Fat White Family, and 90’s icon Miki Berenyih promise to keep little ones amused.

Families are well catered for with a host of exciting and interactive entertainment.

Our Kids Social Silent Disco, Pop-Up Puppet Cinema and the ever popular Jedi Lightsaber Training and gourmets will delight in the VIP Village.

Tickets for bluedot 2023 go on sale at 10am on Friday, January 27.

To register for pre-sale access visit